Amid the brunch and cocktail receptions, several forward-thinking brides are turning towards family-style catering for their hungry guests. This method of serving a post-ceremony meal, in which large platters of food are set on guests’ tables so they may serve themselves, could serve as a great conversation starter and instills a sense of… well, family among guests at the wedding. It can also serve as decor if you choose to use serving dishes that complement your color scheme. There is only one word of caution: such a style of catering can be interpreted as casual and is only conducive to smaller guests lists-say, 100 people or less. Otherwise, stick to standard wait staff or buffet service.

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