- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
Ok so.. I have always ADORED the look and drama of an evening wedding. So my FH and I decided to do a sunset wedding. My wedding decorator plans to load our outdoor garden venue with tons of candles and light making it very soft, romantic, and special. I am very excited about this but the one drawback is that it will have to take place around 7pm (on a sunday evening to cut costs). MY FH and I are leaning towards a cocktail reception to be held at 8PM with heavy passed hors dourves and a few food stations just so that there will not be a long sit down dinner lasting until midnight when my guests have work in the morning.
My concern is.. I have only been to one cocktail reception..and it was in one word BORING there wasnt too much mingling because there were tables and chairs as though it was a plated dinner and because there was only finger food and no entertainment, my friend and I left after only a half hour. How can I avoid this! I do not want my guests (some flying 2,000+ miles) to attend a short boring cocktail reception after coming such a long way. Any ideas on how to spruce this up? Should I include enough tables and chairs for everone or just have some tables with a few lounge areas? This is also a dry reception (to respect our parents for religious reasons) so the old adage of alcohol makes any party worthwhile will not work in this case 🙂 A few notable points: the Wedding is being held at the Westin which is actually at the end of a very nice high-end outdoor shopping center. The shopping center has a lake running through it with Gondola and paddle boat available to ride. I have thought about renting these out and making them available to guests during the reception (good idea? bad idea?) A friend also suggested having a caricaturist just as an extra “something”. We are trying to limit our list to 150; age group 25-70. I’d love to get some ideas from anyone who has done or been to a cocktail reception and had a great time.