Can Family Style Dining at Wedding Reception be a thing? Idk if Marie and Nick are ahead of their time with this wedding reception dining idea. Maybe I just haven’t seen it yet. However, I love the idea of family-style dining at wedding receptions, and it worked so well for the wedding guests.
One of the things I love most about Family Style Dining at receptions is that it eliminates the buffet line. If you’re planning a wedding and want an alternative to the long buffet line at a wedding reception, it’s possible that family-style dining is perfect for you. Not only does it eliminate the buffet line at wedding receptions, but it also doesn’t require as many servers as a full plated dinner. That means money-saving tips for your wedding reception.
Another great thing about having family-style dining at your wedding reception is that there is less food waste. Because guests can pull out the amount they want to eat, there is no longer food left on a plate. Less food waste usually equals less cost, but definitely equals a better environment and agricultural impact.
Finally, the best reason to have family-style dining at your reception is that it facilitates interaction. Wedding receptions can be awkward if guests don’t interact, so this breaks down barriers and fosters communication. As you pass plates from guest to guest, it can be reminiscent of family (hence: family-style dining). That can lead to a more meaningful experience for your guests.
There is an easy way to think about what food works well for family-style dining. Think about what food you had as a family when you were a kid. Or, if you’re a parent, think of what dishes you serve family-style now. Typically, pizzas and pasta are sure winners. Bread baskets and charcuterie would be a great wedding reception food idea. Thai food and Chinese food would also be really easy to pass across the table at a wedding reception. How fun would that be? There are tons of food ideas that could be family style. Bringing those food ideas to your wedding reception would be so fun.
Talk to your wedding planner and caterer about this fun concept. It is sure to bring your guests together and feel like family!
Talk to you soon,
Dale Benfield is a Northwest Arkansas Luxury Wedding Photographer serving Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, and Destination Weddings / A Fine Art Wedding Photography Studio. Benfield Photography is a staple in NW Arkansas and has photographed luxury weddings, Italy weddings, celebrity weddings, private estate weddings, Crystal Bridges weddings, Carnall Hall weddings, Weddings at Osage House, Bachelor Nation Weddings, and more.
He has photographed every style of wedding you can image: intimate weddings, Catholic cathedrals in Italy, church weddings, elopements, destination weddings on the beach in Mexico, and so on.
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