Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Pot Luck Wedding Receiption Anyone? ~ Jean C. Gordon

Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary. So I thought I'd do something wedding related-today and came across pot luck wedding receptions. My husband and I grew up on pot luck dinners at the Grange and church and love them. And our wedding wasn't 100% traditional. I walked down the aisle to "In God There is No East or West," instead of Lohengrin's "Wedding Chorus." My dad—and the ring bearer—wore a burgundy sports jacket instead of a tux because that's what Dad was more comfortable in. We were married outdoors on my in-law's farm and had our reception in the church hall, despite my mother-in-law's pressing us to do the opposite. We took off on our honeymoon on a Triumph 650 motorcycle. 

So I think if it had been a thing then, we very well might have done a pot luck reception.

With a pot luck reception, guests are asked to bring a favorite food dish. The food can be the guest's gift or in addition to a wedding gift. But, while going pot luck can be a money saver, it takes some planning and has some costs. Consider:

  • If your reception venue doesn't furnish them, you'll need to provide dinnerware, utensils, and linens, napkins, or other table coverings.
  • You may have to rent tables and chairs and rent or purchase serving ware such a platters and large bowls, chafing dishes, serving utensils, pitchers, or drink dispensers—particularly if you want your spread to have a coordinated look.
  • You may want to hire servers to fill coffee and tea cups, etc, and manage the buffet, and you'll need people to clean up afterwards.
As for the food itself, many couples provide a main dish to build the dinner around. And you don't want everyone else to bring the same side dish. To avoid chaos and ensure you have enough variety and food for all the guests, you'll need to know what people are bringing in advance and be prepared to fill in any gaps. 
  • Sketch out what types of dishes and drinks are needed to round out the meal.
  • Choose someone to coordinate the food.
  • Have your coordinator contact friends and family members you think would be happy to pitch in. Or, if you or someone close to you is tech savvy, you could create a simple food registry online (like a gift registry) and direct family and friends there.
  • Whoever is coordinating the food should confirm what everyone is bringing and how much at least two weeks before the wedding.
  • On the wedding day, the food coordinator should also ensure that all the dishes are set up appropriately on the buffet table at the reception and are ready to be served at the right time.

For more information, you can find numerous articles on potluck wedding receptions online.

What do you think? Could you go/have gone pot luck? 

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