(Closed) Photos of real family style wedding dinners?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

pocketbridetobee:  Commenting to follow.  We are also likely going to have a family style dinner. Not only to get people talking with other folks at their table, but we also like that it’s not quite as formal as a plated service. And we collected tons of vintage plates that we actually want out on the tables as guests are seated. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

pocketbridetobee:  we did family style at my elegant evening garden wedding for 130 people and it was awesome. We sat at long rectangular tables squished together.  I prefer it over buffet and service any day. It is more social with a community/family feel. People can eat as much as they like of whatever dish without standing in line. The food is hotter because it isn’t plated. You do need to keep table decor and settings to a minimum. My caterer discouraged chargers for instance, but We still did big floral centerpieces and some Mercury votives. We used two thin tables squished together to add an extra 6″ to the width of a standard banquet table. 

My wedding 🙂 :

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We have GIANT Armenian families, so family style food and alcohol is the norm for us. Take these pics with a grain of salt because it’s in our culture to offer a million different appetizer and entree options, so yours won’t look as crowded. It really is a plus for guests to take what they like, at their own pace. An idea to take out of these pictures is to use risers to make room on the table.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

This was actually our rehearsal dinner, but family style!

 

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Busy bee

MrsBuesleBee:  I seriously swoon everytime you post photos from your wedding! 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

No pictures since I’m doing plated at my wedding–but just my two cents on family style. It’s the norm for a lot of the weddings I’ve been to (it’s common in Northern WI to do family style fried/broasted chicken & beef tips). Although I’m not a huge fan of those dishes, I really like family style. I’ve never been to wedding where it looked messy, and I think it gives a warmer, more family oriented atmosphere…plus everyone can dole out the portion that is appropriate for them. And it’s never been an issue getting dishes passed around from what I’ve seen, if anything it gets guests talking to others at the table they may not have already known.

The only downside I can really see, is they usually don’t do a great job of catering towards vegetarians if you have any attending your wedding. Quite a few times, I’ve seen no vegetarian options offered, and those people end up just picking at side dishes–of course, that’s easy to fix if you work with your caterer.

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