Post # 1
Longtime lurker, first time poster.
I have been looking for centerpiece ideas for our family style wedding dinner (3 rows of 40 people). Most of the examples I seem to find are just family style seating (long tables), but we are having an actual family style dinner (i.e. the food will be on the table). I’m concerned without flowers or candles the reception will look ho hum. HELP!
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
@gioiosasposa: Keep the vases and the candle holders small so you can scatter them the length of the table and still leave room for the plates of food.
Consider using LED tealights in votive holders- nestle them in sand, beads etc to camouflage the plastic. They will be safer for people to reach over or move.
Post # 4
I think it all depends on how much extra space you will have and what kind of dishes you are using to serve your food. Here are some pictures I found that I think are pretty!
Post # 5
I think this is always challenging when having family style. I think with family style using long tables, I would decorate similar to how I decorate my table for thanksgiving or christmas dinner. I usually have an arrangement in the center of a long table that seats 6 or 8, leaving the rest of the table for dishes of food. I think you can go with several small arrangements and maybe candles scattered around or a taller one in the center.
Below are sample of using several smaller arrangements. I’ll see if I can find any with larger/taller arrangements.
Post # 6
Here’s what I mean by having taller arrangements with skinny bases (picture of left) and think of those flowers in the footed bowls/platters as food.
Or do just the large center arrangement and candles and leave the rest of the table for food. Think of your food as decor.
Or consider having suspended chandeliers as your decor.
Post # 7
@gioiosasposa: The food should be the centerpiece!
I’m only halfway kidding (well…75%). Anyway, I agree with PPs to keep things small, and maybe have votives, small flowers, etc. Maybe your table runner can be your decor (i.e. fresh flower runner that’s easily cleared away in one fell swoop). But let’s keep our eyes on what is actually important here: room for all of the food!
I’ve actually been to a few family-style soirees, and what they did was decorate the tables with the centerpieces, and then when it came time to serve the food, they simply took the decor away and replaced it with all of the food. No one complained about “the lack of decor” after that. 😀
@profiterole: If that is feasible with OP’s venue, the suspended chandelier idea is brilliant and gorgeous.
Post # 8
Thanks to everyone for the wonderful ideas. I will keep you all posted.