(Closed) Family style????

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If it suits the style of your reception and is acceptable in your culture then go for it! Just make sure that the staff are on the ball and that the bowls are always topped up. The last two weddings I went to, the food was served family style and I think it went well. If anything, something as simple as saying “pass the salad please” can be an awesome ice breaker 🙂

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I have been to a couple and they are great! One thing to think about though is your centerpieces. Make sure they aren’t too large so there is enough room on the table. Between plates, silverware, food, condiments the table can fill up quickly.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

We had a very formal wedding, (black tie), and food was served family style.  it was a huge hit.  I’ve written may posts about family style on these boards so feel free to look that up for details, (or PM me). 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Whatever works for you and yours…

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2050

Family style is great. I’ve been to a few that served dinner this way.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our dinner at our reception was served family style and it was perfect.  People could take as little or as much as they wanted of several different options.  People raved about the food (though that’s thanks to my caterer, not the way they served it 🙂  People seemed to be enjoying their conversations, and I’m sure the family style nature helped.  We did small centerpieces (just 2 Moroccan lanterns, and the table signs, with a few rose petals).  We also did round tables.  When we were figuring out table configurations, we thought of having some rectangular tables, which would have been more difficult family style.  We had chicken, salmon, grilled veggies, garlic mashed potatos, and gnocchi.  For the tables that had kids (there were just 2 tables that had kids, including ours that had the best man’s son, but we would have had it even if the kid wasn’t there, it was my favorite part!), there was also mac and cheese.  We started with a plated salad.  My wedding was the first family style wedding I’ve been too, but it is my new favorite way of serving food 🙂

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i went to one and it was awesome! it got the people at my table talking to each other, and you cannpick exactly what you want and how much and if you want seconds you dont have to get up to the buffet again! i wish my venue offered it.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

also, at the reception i was at that was family style, there was nooo room on the table. we made do, but we were all juggling things and trying to fit the plates on the table.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@DevBrown05:  I recently went to a wedding where the food was servied family style. I thought it was really nice. The key was that there was plenty of each dish, so everyone had ample opportunity to eat as much of a specific dish as he/she wanted. I also enjoyed not having to stand in a buffet line!

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