Budget Bride Tip for June 1: Throw a potluck dinner

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.

Jeff and Lane’ Bigsby had just one request of their wedding guests: Bring your favorite food to share.

The meal at the Bigsbys’ Aug. 13, 2011, wedding and reception at Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Ore., was a potluck wedding dinner.

“We wanted to keep it simple,” says Lane’, 36, a project administrator for an energy efficiency company.

It also looks like a scrumptious idea (see photos below). Friends and family brought everything from cold cuts and fruit trays to enchiladas.

The bride and groom provided beer and white and red wines, which they purchased wholesale through a friend in the restaurant business.

By avoiding the cost of a traditional caterer, the Bigsbys were able to celebrate their marriage with 100 guests while spending just $3,000 on their entire wedding and reception.

The average couple spends $4,772 on food alone, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company.

Of course, the bride says she didn’t eat much — she was “so busy bouncing around and talking to people” — and the dishes her guests brought are mostly a blur.

But there were rave reviews about the enchiladas, which a friend made using her secret recipe. “When I went to grab some, they were gone,” Lane' adds.

Here's Jeff, a 41-year-old drafter for an environmental engineering and consulting company, and Lane’ on their wedding day ...

And this is the potluck dinner their guests enjoyed ...

Thanks to Jeff and Lane' Bigsby for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.

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