(Closed) Pot Luck Rehearsal Dinner

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think the potluck idea is good 🙂 Hell, one of my best pals is having a potluck wedding!XD And I’m seriously excited about bringing a dish for it!

I’m sure people wont think its tacky and they’ll probably enjoy the chance to contribute. I’d avoid the restaurant though – some people may not be able to afford the food since restaurants come in such different price ranges

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i think both of your ideas are good.

we had our rd as a brunch at my in laws house. we had a lot of people so we didn’t all eat together, more like just scattered chairs and couches around the house. people were able to walk around and mingle with everybody. we did like what you said, had sandwiches and bagels. it was nice!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I love potlucks in general. I think it is a great way for one to show-off their cooking skills, and for others like me who are not great with the cooking, to come home with recipes for tried and tested dishes. I love the community feel of a potluck. I think food is great conversation starter among people who don’t know each other and potlucks initiate these types of conversations. 🙂

Maybe you can do a potluck open house. People can come in and stop by between certain hours of the day, that way you don’t have to house all of them at once. Plus it makes it easier on the out-of-towners.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think pot luck is a great idea!

If you supply maybe 1 main meat dish and the drinks I’m sure people would love to contribute.  Maybe set up a list so every type of dish gets brought!  I personally would love to cook a dish for a wedding.  Just one though, lets not go overboard!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I’m not so sure on this.  The point of a rehearsal dinner is to thank the people who have taken time to be a part of your wedding.  If you aren’t providing the dinner for them, it’s not really fulfilling the purpose of being a thank you.  I think if you are on a budget you should just consider something really low key like Pizza and Beer or bringing a grill to the church and just doing hamburgers and hot dogs.  It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, but I do think you should provide the food and drink.

Post # 8
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1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I agree with  moose1209. I would not be a fan if I were attending a rehearsal dinner and expected to bring a dish. Not that I have anything negative to say about pot lucks themselves (fun! yummy!) but for this particular occasion, I’d say its a no-no. Also, aren’t people going to be actually rehearsing immediately prior to the dinner? So all the food would be cold by that point anyways. Also, if your wedding is on a Sat, is your Rehearsal Dinner on a Friday? If I had to work that Friday, I’m not sure how I’d be ablet o make a dish to bring before the rehearsal. Logistically, I’m not sure it makes sense. As a guest of a Rehearsal Dinner, I’d expect dinner of some sort. For that reason, I’d also not be thrilled with cold-cuts. If that’s not possible, I’d say don’t have a Rehearsal Dinner, I don’t think its necessary. And i agree that pizza, or something grilled, is a cheap option where everyone is fed and happy.

Post # 11
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think that a potluck rehearsal would be great. If my group lived closer to us, I would totally do this. We are going to order Chinese food for everyone instead.

Post # 12
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1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@sunflowers22:

Personally, I always find hot food to be more “dinner” food, and sandwiches to be more snacks/lunch. I do understand that others probably might not share that opinion, I was just giving my 2 cents. I hope you find something that suits your budget that makes you happy!

Post # 12
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1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@sunflowers22:

Personally, I always find hot food to be more “dinner” food, and sandwiches to be more snacks/lunch. I do understand that others probably might not share that opinion, I was just giving my 2 cents. I hope you find something that suits your budget that makes you happy!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree with Moose1209 & Krises too.  The rehearsal dinner is to thank your Bridal Party.  Asking them to bring food I think sort of defeats the purpose entirely.  Believe me, I know how tight budgets can be which is why my Fiance and I chose a less expensive restaurant to go to that serves food “family style” and does not serve alcohol….(alcohol alone could break the bank! lol…)  I think pizza or sandwiches would be the cheapest way to go.  They will be thankful for any food & drink you provide….they just may be put off a lil if they have to bring food especially when it is not something that is usually expected.

Post # 14
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576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree with Moose1209 and Krises views. Logistically, a potluck wouldn’t make a lot of sense. Everyone involved is going be really busy and it makes extra work for them, when the point of the rehersal is to thank them. 

Either have something super easy like pizza and pop. or skip a formal supper and just bring some kind of munchies for people to snack on before/after the rehersal. Or could you afford to take everyone out afterwards for an ice cream cone?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I personally think this is a bad idea…  These people have come to support you in your marriage, bought the necessary attire, bought you a gift, been there for you… the least you can do is pay for their dinner.  Do it casual and get pizza or grill out or something, but I urge you not to ask them to bring food….

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