Cocktail Reception Entertainment

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Emmy2014:  I have never found that receptions are boring. Guests love to mix and mingle and catch up with the other guests. I don’t feel that entertainment is needed.

1.5 hours will whiz by.

You can either have stations or servers. Both work just fine.

Personally I wouldn’t hire a band for 1.5 hrs for a cocktail reception. I would hire some classical musicians ( a single musician up to a trio) to play quiet, background music. This could be a perfect job for students if you have a music program at a local college.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

Maybe a violinist or something just to have background music.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Food and drinks are entertainment enough. I would have passed food and food tables. I agree with PP, I don’t think you need a band for that short amount of time. I classic guitar or strings would be very pretty background music. If it’s outside and more casual, maybe you could have lawn games? Or a photo booth?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We did passed hors d’oeuvres, with a buffey station a well, at our stand up reception, and had a jazz combo.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Emmy2014:  I would send it in a separate envelope, mailed separately. This idea, of inviting only some people to the later reception, was what initially inspired our speakeasy theme, complete with secret location and password.  We eventually invited everyone to everything in the end, but you could have fun doing something with that theme.

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