I'll leave the theme up to you, but here
are some ideas for the food. You can
have a successful function going 'all out'
with the food, sparing no expense or
you can do things elegantly but very economically,
the choice is always between
you and your bank account with a big dash
of common sense. No matter what
you choose to serve, by doing the food yourself,
will SAVE money and gain SATISFACTION. (
Hot Buffet Meal
- hot and cold items, from expensive (Prime Rib)
to inexpensive (meatballs
over rice), plan the cost on a per person basis.
Cold Buffet Meal
- Easier to serve, but needs lots of fridge space, again from expensive
to very economical, plan the cost on a per person basis
Dessert Buffet -
allows you to have an elegant reception without all the expense of a full
meal. Cheesecakes are the most expensive dessert, but having a dessert
buffet allows you to make and freeze the entire 'meal' long before the
event and there are many elegant and less expensive treats than cheesecakes.
- Appetizers, these can be prepared and frozen well in advance and range
between expensive and very economical. Presentation makes anything look
fabulous. You can choose to serve only wine and punch as beverages.
Afternoon Tea Party
- This will allow you to book a hall or have a 'garden party' during the
day, maybe even on a Sunday afternoon! Serve fancy sandwiches, little
bars and bite sized cookies, tea, coffee and punch. This can be wonderfully
elegant and not nearly as costly as a full meal. All the food items
can be made and frozen ahead, simply thawed and plated on the wedding day.
- Potluck Dinner
- Yes! a Potluck for a wedding reception. What a perfect idea for
those on a restricted budget or who don't want to spend THOUSANDS of dollars
on a 'party that lasts only 4-5 hr.. (no excuse not to get married). Great
for very young couples and second marriages and this allows you to share
your wedding with more people or your entire church community if you desire.
This great idea all but eliminates a per person cost for the guest list.
One of the ladies on my board, it was her second marriage, had a big pot
luck reception at her farm. Lots of friends and neighbors were invited,
(she became nervous about the idea, but we assured her it was a great one
and would work out well) Friends helped decorate, the event was a
great success, the food was fabulous, someone even brought heart shaped
biscuits! Best of all, the marriage was celebrated, everyone had
a great meal and the newlyweds didn't have a huge bill to pay. Makes
sense to me!
This idea tho, has it's limitations. Don't expect the guests to bring
food, and then have it sit in their car while you get married. It works
best for at-home weddings where there is lots of oven and fridge space.
You are invited to our wedding!
We are doing some things differently
'cause it's our second time around
and rather than keep it to ourselves
we want our family, friends around
We are keeping things quite simple
and hope you'll share our day
We're having a wedding reception,
but it'll be done a different way.
To share our special celebration,
we ask you bring a POT LUCK DISH,
This seems a little strange
but it is our simple wish,
Then we can share this special day of ours
without too much expense or fuss,
sharing it with family, friends and workmates,
All of you, who mean so much to us.
Tips & Tricks ] You'll find lots of helpful ideas.
Soup Dinner - Great for Lent, or as a
fund raiser for Charity, or after winter sports.
Make your own Sandwiches
Baked Potato Bar
Ice Cream Social - make your own ice
Burgers and hot dogs
Chili or Stew - Chuck wagon food.
Picnic or Potluck Picnic - with
or without ice cream and hot dogs supplied
burgers, steaks, shisk kabobs, salmon or fish steaks, chicken, ribs, bring
you own steak and/or potluck, bbq's beef on a bun, hot dogs or smokies
Pies - make for a fund raiser
Index ] You'll find many useful recipes to suit your needs.