Family Style- Pros/Cons?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I really liked it.  I felt it had the choose-your-own quality of a buffet, and the food came out more warm and with less chaos (lines, back-and-forth) than with a buffet.  Plus there was a nice communal feeling with the table.  The main cons were that your portions are set for the table – that means you couldnt’ just take as much as you want, and you’re in danger of someone who takes before you taking everything.  If there’s enough for second plates in the back, that will solve that problem though!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I went to a family style reception recently and enjoyed it. In this case it was an INTENSE amount of food. The entire reception sat at one long L-shaped table (20+ people per side). The food was placed along the middle of the table, eliminating the need for centerpieces, on tiered holders. Seriously, towers of gigantic platters of all manner of Russian foods. There were seriously 6 courses (replenished by servers), plus dessert. It was delicious, everyone ate more than they should have, and was really fun passing plates and serving for one another.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@futuremrsgosselin:  I love family style meals. You get the comfort of selecting what you like/how much you like without having to get up for a buffet! It was actually my preferred fod choice, but my venue couldn’t manage it.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I like family-style service.  We did our reception this way and it worked out well.  I wanted a plated meal, thinking it’s the classy way to go, and my husband wanted a buffet, because he was concerned about everyone getting enough to eat.  We felt it was a good compromise.  What I did was use 72″ tables and only seat 8 people at them, with pretty small centerpieces, then there was plenty of room.  Yours might get a little crowded.  We even had one 60″ table with 6 people so they didn’t feel like they were alone at a table for 10.  🙂 

My centerpieces were floral in a 5″ square vase, so probably closer to 12″ across, but that was it, with the table name cards. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My cousin did family-style service. We all got to try different items and it was really fun!

It also saved them money on centerpieces, as they did small tea-cup centerpieces every few feet along long rectangular tables. Definitely think about space when you choose your centerpieces, though!

Post # 8
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Busy bee

It is normal for Vietnamese and Chinese traditional receptions to do family style. It does make it have less of a centerpiece but we also have a lazy susan at each table to help with the dishes going from 1 person to another. But depending on the progression of the courses that is probably my only con mainly because in the Vietnamese and Chinese traditional receptions they are staggered out and can take up to 2 hours or more just to be serve all the courses.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I think family style is a great idea, I wish my venue would let me do it! To me there is nothing worse than being the first table either served or up at the buffet line and then waiting forever once finished eating for everyone else to finish. Or being the last to go and waiting forever to eat. No cons!

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