Cocktail reception/extended cocktail hour ideas please?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My SIL didn’t have a formal reception. She had light appetizers and drinks, plus cake and a dessert table. No dancing. They made it clear on the invitation and everyone seemed to have a great time. I would def. travel for a loved ones wedding, no matter if there was a ceremony only, cocktail reception, or full seated dinner. I wouldn’t mind being told what tasty dinner spots were nearby, though, and that might be a nice thing to do for your traveling guests!

Post # 4
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Snowden:  I haven’t been to a wedding without a dinner reception but that being said, cocktail receptions ARE a thing.  And I think they are perfectly acceptible, and the norm, for that time of day.  Appetizers are usually served at a cocktail reception so it’s not like your guests will starve, they’re just not getting a full meal.  If I were close enough to the family member or friend, I would still attend no matter how far away.  The type of reception would not be a factor. 

@littlemisst08:  +1 to the listing of good dinner spots!  That’s a great idea.


Post # 5
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think this is fine as long as you have some hors d’ouevres or snacks.

The other option is to just have everyone go to a restaurant after for dinner.

Post # 6
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@Snowden:  As long as you let guests know on the invitation that there will not be dinner, it is totally fine.  I would word it as, “Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to follow.”  I go to weddings because I care about the people, not for the free meal, though of course good food doesn’t hurt.

Post # 8
2800 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Snowden:  Goodness, at that point, I would turn and look at your FMIL and tell her, “That sounds wonderful, could you help us pay for it?” 

10 to 15 hors d’ouvres and desert would leave me full and at best wanting a midnight snack. 

Post # 10
2800 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Snowden:  OMG, I’m so sorry you have to deal with that.  Wow, just wow. 

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