Post # 1
My reception is going to be very laid back. It’ll take place in my backyard, with smores, burgers, and bonfires. I would like some people to bring a side dish or something to be at the reception so you get a little bit of everyones background and it would really feel more like a fun picnic party. I’m not sure how to word it without it sounding to redneck or trashy. Any suggestions?!?!
Post # 3
Sounds like a potluck or carry-in dinner reception.
Post # 4
I would probably only ask a few close relatives to do this, if at all. I would worry about certain foods being kept at appropriate temperatures to prevent foodborne illnesses more than anything else.
Also, be sure to make very clear to anyone who does choose to bring a dish that the food should be considered their gift to you. Nobody should feel obligated to give a gift on top of providing reception food.