Post # 1
Our reception will be cocktail style – lots of heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, etc – just no official seated dinner type meal. You know. Enough hors e’oeurvres for dinner, but no salad, steak, potato meal. This is the first wedding of this type for my family, and they’re totally onboard (all my aunts LOVE the idea, especially after my cousin’s fail whale of a catering fiasco a few years ago, ha!).
Anyway, I’m working on our inserts for the invitations and I can’t decide. Should I say “join us for a cocktail reception” or “join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing”?
Post # 3
I think I might figure out some other wording, because neither of those indicate “enough for a meal” to me. As in, I’d be wondering if I should eat beforehand or plan to leave early to get dinner.
I LOVE what you’re offering – I’d pretty much eat nothing but appetizers in all of life if I could 😉 I think this is a much better plan than the typical crappy catered food that most weddings have.
Post # 4
I once got one that read “drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dancing” – maybe that would help communicate that there will be plenty of food?
Post # 5
@StL.Ashley: What time is the reception? Is it immediately following the ceremony?
If the receptions starts at a time that is normally considered “mealtime”, I woud expect that you would be serving a meal. I would not need to know if it was a plated meal, or heavy apps. I would know that I was getting fed and that’s enough.
I would just put “reception to follow” if the reception is immediately following the ceremony.
I think the choice of wording is more important when you are not serving a meal.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
@StL.Ashley: We are doing an afternoon hors d’œuvre reception. Our wording is “Hors d’oeuvre reception to follow at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge” but “join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing” is much cuter.