Pot-Luck Wedding Receptions

When you come back from a wedding and are asked how it was, you typically talk about the music, the people, and the food. The quality and taste of the food are sometimes determinants of the quality and taste of the wedding reception. And to achieve a satisfied palate for your guests, you usually have to pay a pretty penny.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. Recently, pot-luck weddings – where each guest brings something to eat to the wedding – are becoming increasingly popular as a way to keep food costs low at a wedding while still providing a delicious, filling meal for your guests.

Think about the costs that go in to organizing a catered meal for your guests. Meals usually have multiple courses, and for let’s say, 100 people, you pay for 100 salads and 100 entrees in advance whether someone likes salad or not. For the entrée, there is always more than one option in an attempt to accommodate vegetarians and others who prefer certain types of meat over others. And if you try to go for less expensive options or with less expensive caterers, the quality of your food will suffer, and so will the quality of your reception.

So how can a pot-luck reception fit with your wedding goals?

First, just because the food isn’t catered by a professional, it doesn’t mean you will be skimping out on the quality. Some of your friends and family are known for certain dishes, and this way you can have an eclectic variety of food that will fit all your guests’ dietary preferences.

Second, you can still remain in control of the food choices as you would with a catered meal. Rather than going to food tasting appointments at the hotel, you can taste your friends’ concoctions and decide the range and variety of foods you want to have at your wedding.

Third, a pot-luck wedding is a perfect avenue for having a buffet for your guests. While buffets are sometimes viewed as less formal than sit-down meals, they are very guest-friendly, giving everyone a broad menu of options. Furthermore, you will invest less in waiting staff with a buffet since your guests help themselves; perhaps only a staff for clean-up is necessary. Last, since buffets require your guests to get up and walk around, you will see a lot of mingling and action at your wedding, rather than stiff, seated persons who only get up to use the restroom.

Fourth, with everyone bringing food to the wedding, it will provide for a sense of community and spirit among your guests. They will be more than happy to participate in your special day, and their joy will be infectious among all guests. When everyone is working together for a common cause, the unity and sharing will truly add to the festiveness of your wedding reception.

Overall, pot-luck weddings are a unique way to keep food costs low but still put on a memorable, joyous reception. If you were hoping for a casual wedding anyway, especially one that takes place at home or outside (and probably doesn’t ask for black tie attire), then homemade food brought by your guests is a smart, delicious way to save money on your wedding.

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Filed under: Receptions — vicky at 12:38 pm on Friday, July 25, 2008

Finding a Wedding Dress that Suits Your Body Shape

Even though you may dream of having a long flowing train on your wedding dress or of a slender, sheath style dress, it’s important to find a gown that’s flattering to the basic shape of your body. Chances are, you’ll look at hundreds of wedding gown pictures in bridal magazines before you start shopping. Study the different types of gowns available and the body shapes of the models that are wearing them to get a basic gown shape in mind. This will help you save time by eliminating less suitable designs from your search.

Height considerations

Long, slender dresses can make you look taller, while full ballroom-style gowns can help to balance out a taller figure. Regardless of your body shape, it’s important to choose a dress length that suits your height. For another example, if you’re very tall, you may want to have a gown with a longer train to help you look more proportionate. On the other hand, if you’re short, it may be best to have a short hemline in the front and shorter train in the back so that you aren’t overpowered by your dress.

An hourglass form

If you’re proud of your figure, you’ll want to show it off on your wedding day. You may want to choose a gown with bare shoulders and no back, as well as a dress form that hugs your waist. You may also want to use a lower neckline, and reduce the number of decorations and patterns on the dress fabric to emphasize your natural beauty.

Upper body concerns

Puffed sleeves and shoulder pads can help compensate for narrow shoulders, while a gown with a low waistline may help balance out a large bust. This will help make it look like you’re taller, and therefore, make your figure look more balanced. It may also be helpful to choose a wider or fuller skirt to make your hips look wider.

On the other hand, if you’d like to minimize the appearance of large arms or wide shoulders, consider a strapless dress with a halter-style top or a sweetheart neckline. While this may seem counterintuitive – after all, it seems like you’d want to cover up larger arms – tightly stretched sleeve fabrics only highlights the size of your arms.

Lower body concerns

For the most part, if your legs are short in comparison to your hip width, you can compensate by wearing high heels. That said, if your legs are also very heavy, it’s best to choose a full skirt rather than a narrow one. Using a wide sash at the waist may also help create an extra sense of height. If you want to draw attention upward, you can choose a neckline or sleeves that will help draw attention away from the skirt.

Wedding dresses come in all shapes and styles – if you do your research, you’ll find that one style of gown suits your needs better than others. Even if you already have a specific gown type in mind, you may decide to choose one that’s more suitable for your body shape. Choosing the dress type that’s most flattering to your body can also help you save some money. If you plan ahead, you can watch for sales and other discounts based on dress type. Regardless of whether you’re planning to rent or buy a wedding dress, you can also save time and travel expenses by calling to ask if they have a specific type of dress in stock.

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Filed under: Wedding Dresses — vicky at 1:53 pm on Wednesday, July 23, 2008