Post # 1
Bees! I’d love to get your feedback on either your wedding served family style or one you’ve attended. I know the downsides are the possibility of someone spilling (which honestly I think applies to any experience food is involved) and room on the table (we would make sure centerpieces don’t take up a lot of room).
Other than that, thoughts? We originally had our sights set on serving our meal in stations (ex: taco station, pasta station, carving station) but the perfectionist in me is terrified it will be a disorganized mess. I kind of like the idea of everyone sitting together and eating at the same time. Family style seems to bring a fun and cozy element without worrying about logistics of food orders and allowing people to serve themselves what they want.
Would love any other input!
Post # 2
I don’t remember how many were at the table, but if there were 8, we got 8 servings, of each item. I.e. they would have given us 8 crabcakes, if they had them. They did not refill the serving plates. The serving plates they handed us didn’t all fit on the table. People were going around from table to table and seeing if they had extra, of the food they wanted – i.e. trading. If you were the last one to get the serving plate/bowl, of a particular item, there might not have been anything left. It ended up taking so long to do, with everyone talking as they passed, nothing was hot.
P.S. Hubby’s cousins decided he really liked something and grabbed 2nds, before everyone got their 1st helping.
Post # 3
My experiences have been great! More than enough food for everyone, appropriate room at the table, etc. It was nice to try a little of everything and not have to wait in a long line. I’m sure a lot depends on the caterer. You are thinking about all the right things, so I’m sure you’ll figure it out and it will be great.
Post # 4
We went to one and loved it! Our venue doesn’t offer this option, but if it had we definitely would have done it. If I can remember correctly, the one we went to had salad (I think everyone got a salad plate on their own during speeches) then potatoes, a pasta, and beef passed in bowls. It was delicious and I really feel like I was fed well at that one, where some of the other ones that are sit down or buffet you get like 1 side and a meat.
We also went to one with stations and the lines got really long depending on the station. They had a pasta station and the line was pretty much the entire length of the tent. I still liked it, but the line situation was less than ideal.
Post # 5
A well-attended family style meal is great! (Attended by wait staff to clear or supplement dishes as needed.) I much prefer it to a buffet. It’s a great way to get people talking–just make sure the venue doesn’t, as 2XMOB stated, provide 8 items for 8 people and disappear.
Post # 6
I’ve had it twice and it was great both times. There was plenty of food and it tasted good.
Post # 7
Great feedback ladies, thanks! Good point about having 8 people and only 8 of something. I will make sure to offer something that has more than enough for the people at the table. I’m glad most of you had good experiences with it!
Post # 8
we served family style and it was fantastic!! We had a pre-plated salad (it was a vertical stuffed poached pears), and the rest in different wooden serving bowls. Our truffle jalapeño mac and cheese had its own bowl, and the biscuits and honey butter had their own too. Here’s our two meats and veg plated together (brie and spinach stuffed chicken with apricot glaze, roasted green beans, flank steak with chimmichurri, horseradish crema, pickled red onion). There was more than enough, plenty of leftovers, and the wait staff was replacing bowls when they emptied. The vegetarian option was plated on its own.
Post # 9
Our wedding was family style, mostly because I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of asking guests up front what they wanted. I don’t normally like buffets at a wedding so this was a good in between. It cost a little more than plated meals but so worth the cost to save time.
All of our guests loved it as well, there were plenty of options and there was leftover food at every table. It also added to that cozy feel and encouraged conversation. I think only 2 out of 50 guests had been to a wedding like this before, and so it was a new idea to mostly everyone and they loved it.
The venue did plate mine and my husbands meals since our sweetheart table was too small for all the serving dishes.
I am so glad we went with family style and would definitely recommend it.
Post # 10
That looks incredible! Beautiful
plating and the food sounds delicious. Love the truffle Mac n cheese idea!
So helpful to hear, I think it would be pretty unique with our crowd too and I love that!
Post # 11
We did family style for our wedding and it was great! Not sure how it would work with round tables? We had one long table that sat all 46 of us. We used 2.5×8 tables doubled up, so they were 5×8 and it gave plenty of room for centerpieces as well as plates of food. And then we had half a round table at the ends and we used one end for our head table.