(Closed) Centerpieces for “family style” dinner

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m planning on family style, too, and just planning on having smaller centerpieces, maybe a few, to be interspersed throughout the food, which will be more towards the outside by the people. 

I have a mental image, but I can’t seem to get into words. Stupid moment! Haha. I think it can be done, though. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You can definitely still have centerpieces, but make them smaller, and definitely don’t go for tall centerpieces.  I went to a wedding last fall where dinner was served family-style, and they had centerpieces that were small baskets filled with apples, along with white candles in mason jars.  It was very rustic pretty… and great for a fall wedding in New England.  The candles worked fine b/c they were contained in some pretty hefty mason jars.  I might be wary of smaller tea candles, which could be knocked over more easily. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

With family style, you won’t have much room, if any at all, for centerpieces. Tealights are not a good idea with that setup since they can easily get knocked over with so many different platters being moved around. Votives or pillar candles will be your best bet, if you have any room to spare.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I’d go with something low and small/not easily knocked over. Think stacks of old books with a teacup filled with flowers on top, candles that go completely inside of candleholders/one hurricane lantern, or maybe even a cake or something edible in the middle as a “dessert”! Good luck!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m doing family-style as well and we are going with 2 small (4×8) centerpieces offset in the center with candles.  I think the candles will be ok as long as they are close to the center where people won’t be reaching directly over them…

Definitely do shorter center-pieces though because one of the benefits of family-style is encouraging conversation and interaction and it’s hard to do with tall center pieces in the way.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was at a family style wedding earlier this year and they did regular ol’ centerpieces.  they were medium size, and not tall.  They were rectangular vases with flowers/branches that stuck out horizontally.  It worked out well.  We just passed the food around  Unless you have a lazy susan in the middle, I don’t think it’s too much of a problem.  I would actually say smaller centerpieces are easier to knock over.  It was hard to knock over the heavy vase, though I’m sure we bumped it a few times.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wouldn’t worry about it.  I would just try to be careful about how many people you have at each table….cause the more tables, etc there are the more crowded everything will be.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Would you recommend rectangular tables or round tables?  We’re still trying to figure out the logistics.  My two concerns:  Round tables might not have enough room for food, but a rectangular table might feel too much like a cafeteria. What do you think?

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

hello! I’m in the same boat. I only do wine centerpieces.. but I did decorate the wine bottle to look pretty with bows and also some flowers around the bottom. I’m afraid that people would just put the centerpieces under the table when the food comes.. lol

i’m doing chinese banquet style..

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

we used candles and julep cups with hydrangea for our centerpieces. I also rented jackstands (those things they use at like olive garden to set huge trays on) so the trays would have somewhere to rest once they went around the table. We rented long tables and they even make special long tables for family style, since it is so popular now. (ours were the narrow ones, the special ones are extra wide) and it worked out great! Just like at thanksgiving at home 🙂

Post # 14
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Honey bee

With that setup, you will have a very limited amount of free space to work with. At least at most family style restaurants, if there are any centerpieces, it is usually a single votive candle which, while pretty, does get in the way as well. In that situation, I think it would be fine to skip them.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Candles could work! I really like this set-up

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Post # 16
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Honey bee

@Kiki, family style is where you have platters of food that are passed around the table and you take what you want (like Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner). With the picture posted, while it is a beautiful setup, there is no place to set any platters of food.

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