Post # 1
I am on a budget, yet at the same time I want to have a sit down/buffet dinner and not just sandwhiches. I was thinking baked potatoes? Does that sound okay with fruit and veggie trays?
Would it be innappropriate to ask guests to bring their favorite baked potato topping?
…The wedding is a mixture of family and friends. It will be held at our local church’s fellowship hall in the late afternoon.
Post # 3
What kinds of guests are you having– family, friends, all kinds of acquaintances? How big is the wedding, and what is the venue? What time of day? What kinds of variety do you think you’d get from your guests? Where would they store their food during the ceremony?
All those would factor into my answer. I’ve never been to a pot luck/ pitch-in/ or baked potato bar wedding, and I’m not sure I would be able to contribute well to the food the way you’ve phrased it, but if you like the idea, go for it.
Post # 4
Do you have many family members/friends in the area who could cook up a few dishes to have a more "homey type" meal? Then you could get your fruit and veggie trays and whatever dessert.
Post # 5
This is a tough one. Part of me wants to say, it’s not OK to ask guests to bring food to your wedding. That’s why they’re guests. If they all pitch in to pay for your wedding, are they all listed as hosts? (And yet, I think somehow the idea of having guests bring their favorite dish to pass is better than asking them to bring bacon bits or sour cream.)
But I understand you are on a budget. Since it’s at a church hall, is it laid back? Is it where people from the congregation may show up….sort of thing? They might help in asking people to bring food. I see that you are 18. So maybe they’d be more understanding in helping you out.
Post # 6
Are there any caterers near you who would be willing to do it on the cheap? It’s worth asking! Or maybe go with a local grocery store or restaurant and get a mix of salads and maybe some friend chicken?
I guess if you want to do mashed potatoes, make a mashed potato bar!
Post # 7
Maybe pasta? It’s easy to fix and should be pretty cost effective. You can have the noodles and a red sauce and a white sauce for the guests to choose from. You could also have meatballs and chicken for them to add if they’d like. Bread and salad could be served as well. I’ve never been to a reception with a baked potato bar, but if that’s what you really want, then I’m sure you can make it work.
Post # 8
I went to a bee-a-utiful wedding last weekend and there was a baked potato bar and it was fab-u-lous. I see nothing wrong with doing that or with having guests bring their favorite topping. They wouldn’t have to bring a lot if you asked all the guests to bring something.
I’m thinking about having a deli sandwich bar or baked potato bar myself.
Post # 9
We are on a major budget too and were considering having a family Sunday dinner kind of thing-red and white checked tableclothes, platters of fried chicken, bowls of potato salad, baskets of biscuits, etc.-since I live in SW Georgia, the idea of long tables pushed together, Mason jar glasses of tea and lemonade sounded warm and friendly. We have since changed our plans to a morning wedding and are having brunch-ham, baked pineapple, hashbrown casserole, fruit salad, mixed breads & muffins, etc. and let me tell you that brunch food is CHEAP! I would consider the idea of a family style meal-cost effective for sure! The pasta idea is a good one too-maybe a couple of different pastas, a couple of different sauces, big salad and good bread.
Post # 10
Thanks for all the ideas! I don’t think that our budget is big enough to cater…the pasta idea sounds good, but I kind of liked the potato idea, too. Though it is not so elegant.
How much would the pasta for around 200 guest be?