(Closed) How to Pot Luck Wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Depending on the size of your wedding, could you just contact family members from both sides that you think would offer to make/bring something? Then just start compiling a list. I would leave the main entrees to people very close to you (meaning maybe more reliable in being there and remembering). If people are offering to make the same things, just explain that so-and-so already offered to make _____, is there something else they’d like to bring.

I wouldn’t put anything on the invites.

Post # 4
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would probably say something like “Pot luck reception to follow at…” In terms of assignments, you could do it based on name, so A-H brings an entree, I-P brings a side, and Q-Z brings a dessert, or whatever. I would then asked your parents and bridal party to contact each guest to ask if they wouldn’t mind bringing whatever they’ve been assigned.

Post # 5
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

In the invite, I would put a cute litte card asking someone to please bring a certain type of dish. “Could you please bring ….. to the reception”. After that you cant really tell what people are going to bring.

Post # 6
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had somewhat of a pot luck wedding reception. But I only had a few close family members bring very large quantities of whatever dish they were making.  I told them that their food item (in large quantities – enough for the entire reception) would be considered their wedding gift.  I know it took a long time to prepare that much food and of course purchasing the ingredients for that much food was expensive.  It worked out very well. Those few people took care of warming food, refilling pans, washing dishes, etc.  They ran the kitchen.  And… we were very surprised that some of them gave wedding gifts in addition to their food items!

Post # 7
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think that word of mouth (maybe yours and his parents?) could help organize this.

Post # 8
1501 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Get the mom’s to help. They could organize who will bring what.

Or just split the list and one category brings appies, another category brings salads etc.

Post # 9
19 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

There are websites out there just for potluck signups! I used http://www.signupgenius.com. I had no idea these things even existed, but it’s been great to use to keep track of who is bringing what, and how much we have and how much still needs to be brought.

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