(Closed) Potluck reception?

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I wouldn’t do potluck but not because i think its tacky. It may work for a small wedding if you can count on family to pitch in. But for 200 guests you might run yourself into trouble because people are often notorious for saying they are going to bring a dish and then turning up empty handed. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation on your wedding day of not having enough food to feed everyone. Plus too you have no idea how their dish is going to turn out or if it will taste good. You just have to hope for the best but with a caterer you get to sample the dishes before hand in most cases.

Post # 4
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Honestly, I would go with the caterer. They are much more prepared to serve that many people, and your guests won’t run the risk of getting food poisoning and you won’t run out of food. Also, I am not sure about how your guests would feel about bringing their own food to your wedding. Out of town guests might not be able to bring anything. Also, the caterer will set up and break down everything for you, so you won’t have to worry about who will be responsible for the cleanup and making sure everything is set up nicely.

Post # 5
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would personally go with the caterer.  Don’t worry about what the Bridesmaid or Best Man says.  It’s your wedding and it is not the time to be worrying about wether you are going to have enough food, and since you have found one that can deal with your allergies all the better.  Don’t let people talk you into what is not your vision for your day, let the day be yours and your FHs.

Post # 7
7298 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

pot lucks only work if your family is up for it and it’s a small-medium size group. I wouldn’t do a pot luck for over 100 people. I don’t think it’s tacky. I’ve seen many many offbeat.com weddings that were potluck and the family and friends of the bride were very happy to help. You just have to know your guests.  Plus, your venue might not even allow outside food if they have an in house caterer or an exclusive outside caterer. KWIM? 

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