Everything You Need to Know About Choosing the Food Style for Your Wedding

Everything You Need to Know About Choosing the Food Style for Your Wedding

Posted by EVENTS 4 LIFE Dec 03, 2021

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The food at your wedding is without a doubt one of the most important aspects of the entire event. Our team at Events 4 Life in Redmond, Washington, knows that no matter if you choose a formal plated dinner or a buffet-style reception, the meal should reflect the two of you as a couple. 

In this blog, we’ve put together a list of the most popular food styles for weddings and their main advantages to help you choose the one that suits you best:

Plated Sit-Down Dinner

Most couples opt for the most conventional food style namely a plated supper formally served to seated guests. It usually consists of two courses plus dessert. 


  • Instantly sets the tone for a more formal gathering
  • Gives you more control over how the dishes look and what they contain 
  • Allows you to incorporate a dining concept you are keen on 
  • It is an effective way to serve your guests and keeps things on track

Family-Style Dinner

For a family-style dinner, the table is set with large platters and bowls of food that are passed around the table, just like you do at home with your own family. It is a great choice if you want to have people seated at tables but don't want something as formal as a plated supper. 


  • It makes it easy to provide a variety of options and accommodate picky guests 
  • It makes the wedding meal feel more relaxed and casual
  • It encourages communication among guests and promotes a community feel 
  • It is a quicker approach to serving the wedding dinner since everything arrives at the table around the same time, and everyone can serve themselves

Buffet-Style Dinner

A buffet consists of long tables topped with a range of food options. This meal format provides the most options for your visitors, making it especially appealing if you want to serve a variety of dishes or have picky eaters. 

The most important aspect here is setting up how your guests will move through the food lines as quickly and efficiently as possible.


  • Buffets allow your guests to eat what they want and however much they want 
  • When implemented properly, the vivid dishes will make for an appealing design both for your guests and for pictures 

If you are planning your dream wedding in the Redmond, Washington, area and want to know more about food styles that will make it stand out, contact Events 4 Life at (425) 737-9015 or ruti@events-4life.com. 

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