Post # 1
I was wondering if any brides are doing a family style dinner at their reception. My FI and I thought this was something different than plated, stations and buffet-style and becoming more common. Our guests would interact and talk more with each other, etc — plus I’m chinese (fiance is not) but it’s just our nature to do family-style dinner.
The problem is that it’s so broad that I have no idea what kind of family-style food/menu I should do.
Does anyone have a sample menu or suggestions?
Post # 3
we are serving the food i would make if friends came over- my signature mac and cheese only with penne chicken and egplant parm veggies etc.
Post # 4
we will be doing family style. Haven’t set a specific menu yet however. But I’ve been to many weddings that were family style and the variety of food is just endless. I think you can serve pretty much anything family style.
Post # 5
We are using family style serving for our main courses, but other serving styles before and after.
When guests walk in there will be a plated salad at each seat. Then we are having two courses served family style. The first is grilled asparagus and lemon garlic salmon and the second is lentil wild rice pilaf and madeira wine chicken. Then we are having a dessert buffet later on.
I think family style is great because it offers a bit of formality with some fun and lots of food! The only thing my caterer mentioned is that it is a very good idea to do menu cards if you are doing more than one course and that it is best to break up courses so that you have room on the table for the platters.
Post # 6
I loved the idea of doing family style but my reception hall requires that you use their vendor and the vendor didn’t have that option (so we’re doing buffet instead). But I think family style dinner would be great if you have that option!
Post # 7
I LOVE family style. We wanted that but it’s hard to find. I went to a wedding that had it before and it was wonderful. It’s nice because picky/small eaters can take as little as they want, and hearty eaters can take the rest! The wedding I went to had mashed potatoes, chicken cordon suisse, roast beef, and some vegetables. It was really good.
Post # 8
We are doing family style 🙂
I am really looking forward to it!
Post # 9
We are doing family-style! I love how it feels and it is nice to have something different.
Post # 10
We’re doing family style! Our menu will be italian food, as it’s at Maggiano’s restaurant’s banquet room.
Everything will be served family style: 2 appetizers, 2 salads, 2 pastas, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts.
Post # 11
what’s the difference between family style and buffett? i mean when my family get’s together, it’s like a buffett.. but we are doing bbq pork, my mom’s famous potato salad, my parents friends, we actually call the fred’s famous, baked beans, and the fixin’s you’d have at a good bbq:)
Post # 12
Family stle the food is passed around at the table, rather than buffet where you line up to get the food. We are doing it pending cooperating caterer:)
Post # 13
Me too! Thanks for posting as I thought I was alone in this, but I am also Chinese heritage (half Chinese, half afro-Caribbean) and it seemed more natural. 🙂 We’re plating the soup as a first course and then the sides (potato fritters, eggplant/goat cheese/tomato slices baked and mixed cooked veggies) and only passing the meats (3 – lamb, chicken and a pre-sliced whole fish) during the main course. Dessert will also be assorted things and passed family style too (we’re plating wedding cake as well)! I’m excited for something different and thrilled I am not the only one. Would love to hear other people’s menus!!
Post # 14
It’s funny that we just had this discussion today. I’m Chinese and my fiance is Irish. My mom along with “villagers” do not do well with any food other than chinese. We are still debating whether to have an American reception or Chinese banquet. But this idea of having a family dinner in an American venue seems to be an option now as well.
Post # 15
We’re doing family style too! It’s how we always love to eat and since I am Italian and my fiance is Chinese it just made sense. Our dinner menu is italian-inspired with salad, pasta, ribeye, grilled veggies, and stuffed mushrooms. We’re also having Chinese roast pork at the table. For appetizers (passed and/or stations) we’re including dim sum dumplings 🙂 and some other vegetarian options. The challenge with family style was coming up with a menu that we thought would appeal to everyone with enough elements that a vegetarian or others who have dietary restrictions (kosher, etc.) would be able to have a complete meal as well.
Post # 16
We had family style at our wedding, our menu was a Chinese Banquet Meal, our caterer was fantastic.
They made special meals for our guests who were vegetarian, had allergies or specific dietary needs.
There was so much food it was incredible and at the end, they had a table with stacks of take out containers and bags so guests could take the leftovers home so food would not be wasted.
We really liked the idea of serving family style although we didn’t request this, but it worked out in the end because for those who did or didn’t like a specific dish that was served, they could portion out what they wanted.