(Closed) Family Style Dining

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve been to many weddings where they have served the food like this.  I like it.  This allows your guests to put the food they want on thier plate and the amount they want, with out having to stand in a long line.  Possibly the only disadvantage is that you have al the extra plates with food on the table.  But it’s great if you want an extra serving of that yummy stuffing!  

Post # 4
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I have been to a wedding where they do this and I think it can be awesome. the perks of both styles of dinner. The only con would be that you need to make sure your centerpieces don’t take up too much room other wise the tables can be a tight squeeze (or you could elimnate centerpieces or seat fewer people per a table).

Post # 5
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I love it.  I really wanted to do this but the restaurant was booked when we went to reserve.  I think you should totally go for it.

Post # 6
13014 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I personally am not a fan.  I like plated meal service, but that’s just me!

Post # 7
947 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I love family style it was our original plan but ended up being more costly then a plated dinner 

Post # 8
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I love family style service.  I’ve posted about it on these boards before so i’m just going to copy and paste one of my previous posts:

my family is Russian so this is the only way we do weddings.  People come to weddings to party so lots of alcohol and lots of food is mandatory. Family style seems to offer the most food to guests that can be served all night long.

We have four/five courses that were served throught the evening .

First Course: 10 cold appetizers and starters all served family style. this includedinclude differnt salads, amuse buches, and appetizer type dishes. (served in two rounds so the table didn’t get too crowded)

Second Course: 3 hot appetizers.  these were served to each table at the same time but because it’s only 3 plates per table, the caterer can make sure everything is warm.  

Third Course: plated entree.  Each guest thenl receive an individually plated entree, (per their prior selection), with a side of veggies and mashed potatoes.

Forth Course: Dessert Buffet, Fruit and Cheeses.  This will be self serve buffet style.

The key is not to bring everything out at once.  We had about 4/5 courses and platters would get cleared before the next thing was brough out.  We had menues at each place setting so everyone knew exactly how many courses and what dishes to expect.  Also, food came out pretty much all night.  So people could keep eatting, drinking and dancing all evening.  It really created a fun, feast like atmosphere.

ETA: we made sure to have lots of food so we didn’t run out. In fact at the end of the night some guests left with to go boxes of food.

Post # 9
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love family-style dining if it is well executed.  I think the key is having tables big enough to hold 3 or 4 serving platters at once in addition to the plates, glasses, place cards, centerpiece, etc.  I went to one wedding where there wasn’t enough room for the food, and we ended up eating each dish one at a time (i.e., protein first, then starch, then veggie, but not all on the plate at once).  That was not fun, even though the food was delicious.

Post # 10
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@LittleRiver:  +1.

We did standard plated and there definitely would not have been room for family style (between the bread basket, stemware, bread plates, etc.) but if there was, I think this is a great idea. It suits the people who are picky/have allergies without the mess and lines of buffets.

Post # 11
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I went to a wedding with family-style dining, and I loved it. It was a nice ice-breaker as well. I’d just make sure your caterer gives out generous portions — our table ended up asking for more (which we got), but if we hadn’t, it wouldn’t have been enough!

Post # 12
999 posts
Busy bee

This definitely the norm for Asian weddings especially Vietnamese. 10 courses spread throughout the night. YUM!

Post # 13
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I been at weddings with it about two times I think. I really like as it’s easy for the guest then buffet and also gives you choices in picking and chooseing what you want. The majority of weddings I go too are plated meals so I’m always kind of happy when I see stations, buffets, or something else.

 The only thing I would say is too really think about the placement of centerpeices and sliverware and dishes. One wedding was more casual and had a lazy susan, the other just had two sets of dishes of each side of the table so we didn’t have pass the plates around. Both of them worked well. Although I do have to say the centerpeices should have been a litlte smaller to accomdate the dishes more comfortably.

Post # 14
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

OMG…I LOVED IT!!! We went to a wedding last year and everyone got to have what they wanted, and as much of it as they wanted, right when they wanted it…it was an awesome ice breaker, and made it fun! Plus I got to try sooooo many different things…

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