(Closed) Would this be too tacky?

posted 11 years ago in Food
Post # 3
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I think it sounds fine! A friend of mine had a potluck wedding and it went beautifully!!! I think yours will be just as beautiful.

Post # 4
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t think potluck receptions are tacky…  I think they’re awesome!  You get so much better variety of food that way, plus it feels more like a communal gathering/community involvement in the wedding.  🙂  I’m sure you’re wedding will be great!

Post # 5
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think it’s sweet!

Post # 6
1428 posts
Bumble bee

I think it’s a great idea, and I’m sure your church family would feel honored and thrilled.

Post # 7
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think you can ask and see if they’re interested.  If they say yes, great!  If not, you can always figure out another plan (cake & punch)?

Post # 8
898 posts
Busy bee

I love the idea of a potluck wedding. After checking prices with caterers, even the cheapest ones are way out of my budget. I fully intend on buying a ton of food and having my family members help prepare it. And I’m sure all my uncles will fight over grill duties at our reception.

Post # 9
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

That’s a great idea, especially since you chose the church for sentimental reasons in the first place, and this is just adding to that feeling. Plus, afternoon weddings can sometimes give you a little more freedom from the things you "have" to do for a wedding.

Post # 10
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)

I think its a great idea, especially if the church has sentimental value.
Go for it!

Post # 11
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think potluck weddings are a smart, savvy idea! =) I would, however, be sure to invite your "church family" to the wedding, and be prepared to make a bunch of the food yourself — you should probably make at least two dishes on your own. Also, be extra sure to thank them verbally at the wedding (put them in the program if possible, or announce your thanks at the reception, unless they would rather not be recognized publicly) and send them thank you cards (of course, you probably already knew this, but just in case!)

Just one thing…be aware that if one particular dish is very popular, it will still probably only feed a quarter of your guests at most, so you may want to request that 4 people make the same thing, so that there’s enough for everyone without each person having to haul in casserole for 200 people.

Post # 12
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Make sure you have an area to keep hot things hot and cold things cold, or else you at risk of getting people sick. 

CDC says food can only be held in a 40-140 degree range for 2 hours then its time to throw it out… The guest’s travel time to the church plus the ceremony time may cut it pretty close. 

Post # 13
10 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

I love it!


One thing to consider is to have one of your bridesmaids compile a list of who is bringing what so that you don’t end up with only desserts (not that that is necessarily a bad thing 🙂 ) etc. 

Post # 15
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@snackpack, you’re too cute.  i think this sounds like a great idea.  congrats!

Post # 16
773 posts
Busy bee

The only suggestion that I have is that if we’re talking about 5 or 10 people cooking for 200 people, you should definitely cover the cost of the ingredients and possibly offer them some kind of compensation for their time.  But I don’t think your idea sounds tacky at all.

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