(Closed) Low Key Reception – Pot Luck

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is the pot luck idea a BAD idea?
    Yes : (12 votes)
    46 %
    No : (14 votes)
    54 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I wanted to do a potluck and ended-up not doing it… I wish I would have!  But… have y’all done potluck with that large a group before?  I think it’s a brilliant idea for an intimate, family wedding, but I was surprised to see you have such a big guest list.  If you’re not worried about the size of the group, then I think it’s a great idea.  It’s my favorite type of party to go to!

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I went to a pot luck wedding last year.  It was small, simple, and sweet – and the food variety was incredible!!  Go for it!  πŸ™‚

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I do not think this is a bad idea at all, in fact we are doing this as well.

    If it is normal for there to be a potluck type gathering then I say go for it! But, be reasonable and remember that 1.) People may not be able to bring something due to economic issues, leaving this to fall on you… make more than you think you will need 2.) There are people who will view this as tacky… ignore them. If this makes you and your FH happy then do it. 3.) Please, please, please remind people to list ingredients so if there is anyone with an allergy they are not put in a potentially scary position. A great way to do this is to ask for a DETAILED recipe card to display with the dish. When all is said and done you will have a great way to recreate the day in your own kitchen! πŸ™‚

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee

    It is rude to ask guests to provide anything (food, drink, cash, etc) at the wedding since that is your responsibility as the hosts to provide it for your guests. If you can;t afford a full meal, serve cake and punch instead which is standard in many circles.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    You need to be very, very aware of food safety issues. You might be used to potlucks, but perhaps not for that many people. How will you be sure there’s enough variety? Will you provide the meat? I think there’s a lot of logistics to having that many people at a potluck event.

    I’d also make it clear that people coming and bringing food IS their gift to you. If this were me, I’d probably prefer to purchase bulk meat to BBQ, then have the sides catered. There’s a lot more control and less worry this way. 

     

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Tea Lover: I think it’s a great idea for a more informal setting, which it sounds like yours will be. I also like the recipe book idea. I don’t think people not bringing something would be an issue- a casserole or dessert costs a couple bucks to make… and at least for my extended family, no one would dream of coming to a potluck and eating without bringing at least a bag of chips.

    Ember78: As you say, “in many circles”… in my family, a potluck would be much more common and accepted than a cake and punch reception, I think. I doubt my family has ever heard of the cake and punch thing. Yes, most guests would consider the dish to be their gift to the couple, but I think that’s understood with a potluck.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    @Tea Lover:  A recipe book is such a beautiful idea!  We always did potlucks when I was growing-up so it’s a wonderful memory.  It sounds like it was a big part of your life too, and for such a relaxed, informal atmosphere… what could be better?  πŸ™‚

    Post # 12
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    217 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @Tea Lover: The recipe book is one of the things I am looking forward to! I am making my own cards and including a place for a personal message so I will know who’s dish I am making! πŸ™‚

    If you need any ideas for dishes that are easy, cost effective, and feed quite a few people feel free to ask. I have a couple of dishes that are end of summer/fall favorites at our gatherings! πŸ™‚

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