(Closed) Family style – what do you think of it?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I love the idea and am considering it for my own wedding, actually.  I think it would be awesome with your theme!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

My cousin got married at a winery, the reception was in a big marquee behind the main building. They served a family style “gourmet bbq” meal – platters of bbq meat, bowls of salad, bread etc. It was great! Very easy to choose what you wanted and get a variety of food. If you’re having a rustic barn wedding I think it would be an excellent choice.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Honestly, unless I am at an Asian restaurant or a relative’s house, I really am not a fan of family style at all. Especially when you are wearing fancy clothes. I have yet to see any family style platters that are not heavy or awkward to hold while you are trying to dish up food, creating the potential for spilling all over yourself.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I love family style!  That is def how I would have done our wedding if we could have!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’ve been to one wedding that was family-style and I LOVED it.  It has the benefits of a buffet…you can take what you want and how much (to some extent), you get better food (in my experience anyhow, I’ve never had good food at a plated sit-down event…I think too much of the meal cost goes to making it look pretty and paying the waiters to serve you) without having to get up or stand in long lines.

The wedding I went to was also a really upscale, classy wedding and having to pass plates around the table somehow didn’t take away from that at all…I guess they used nice enough serving dishes or something.  A barn wedding could fit even better!

I think family-style is unusual enough for events like this that there is no real perception of it. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I’m a fan- you get to pick and choose what you like without waiting in line. I never had a problem serving myself- people do it at Thanksgiving- people can do it at a wedding. Plus it helps with the mingling of guest at the table.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve been to weddings where the food is family style and I’m totally all for it.  Note though, that they were chinese weddings and family style dining is totally the norm.  They served like six courses and it was great!!! Nobody left hungry, that’s for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

Personally, your theme would totally go with family style dining ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

A huge pro for me is the fact that you don’t have to stand in a line to get your food! However, the platters would take up room on the table, so that’s something to consider when creating a tablescape–not as much room for centerpieces and the like. Overall, I think it’s a perfect marriage of a sit-down and buffet meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House

It worked out awesome for us!  We loved it, our guests loved it – like someone else said, all the benefits of a buffet without having to leave your seat!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I went to an armenian birthday party (which was just as fancy as any wedding)  And the food was family style… it was so much food too!!!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I love the idea of family style dinner! I think it gets the guests mingling and conversation flowing since you have to talk to the person next to you to pass the food down. LOL.. I say go for it!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

That’s what we are doing!  Not much cheaper but not more expensive either. Thanks for starting a thread with people sharing positive experiences I was sure it was the best choice for us but good to hear it doesn’t damage the formality. 

I think the dress will work just fine, you’ll stand out but you are supposed to.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Oh, one thing is we’re having a max of 8 people per table which I think is important and two main dishes per table as well as all pasta etc.  So no one is too far away from the food!

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