(Closed) buffet or family style?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I love family style been to two weddings with them. I wouldn’t worry about the tables it wasn’t an issue at either wedding. One had a lazy susan and put rose petals,candles and everything else around it. The other simply had to sets of dishes for each side of the table.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I explored family style, but our caterer talked me out of it. It would have added $2200 to our bill because the kitchen is offsite (barn reception).

Maid/Matron of Honor was recently a guest at a family style wedding and she said it was really awkward to ask people to pass food and she ended up not getting salad at all because the person who should have passed the dish to her didn’t and she didn’t feel comfortable asking him to pass it. That also convinced me to stick with the buffet 🙂

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My vote is for family style.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re doing buffet because our caterer said that buffet leads to the smallest amount of wasted food. (Plated is the next smallest, and family style is the most wasteful.) We’re trying to have a green wedding, so minimizing waste is important to us!

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re doing family style. Well, plated salad already there when people sit down, then family style main course, then cheeseboard, again to share. I’ve been to one other wedding that did family style and it was great! I think table size is an important issue here though – we are doing large rectangular tables of 10 (2 6′ tables pushed together) and my caterer says there will be tons of room for the food. But my sister went to a wedding with standard round tables of 8 and she said it was really tight and there wasn’t enough room for everything. Something to consider.

Post # 22
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Newbee

I like family style and am trying to decide between family style or buffet for my reception, but am leaning toward family style. I found that at some of the receptions I have been to who served food family style, things seemed to get cold quickly because there was nothing to keep it warm like you have on buffets. Just something to keep in mind.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Sorry I don’t have any pictures while the meal was being served.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

family style–I find buffet lines annoying

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