Cocktail -style Reception: Timing and Itinerary

posted 2 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What time frame should I have my cocktail reception?
    2pm- 5pm perfectly nestled between lunch and dinner : (5 votes)
    83 %
    6:30-10pm after and early dinner : (1 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 2
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    564 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    kaitybee:  

    Definitely Option 1 (between lunch and dinner) better manages to avoid the typical “dinner hours” and any expectations that would go along with that. Starting at 4pm seems problematic to me.

    Be upfront on your invitations (or website) about joining you for hors d’oeuvres or “light refreshments” following the ceremony. If you make it clear people should know what to expect.

    I would also perhaps provide an insert of restaurant options local to your reception (a personalized “You Gotta Eat Here” for your guests) to give them some suggestions on where they might want to eat dinner following your reception.

    The other option as I see it would be to have it after dinner (but then the ceremony would have to be around 7 or 7:30 and it would run pretty darn late).

    Post # 4
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    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    kaitybee:  yes, 6:30 is too early because that is still dinner time even if you try to tell ppl to eat in advance. To be after dinner, the reception would need to start 8/8:30 or later. Also, no need to have 30 mins at start of reception w no food imo. The drinks and food should be available the whole time. 

    it also sounds like you’re thinking abt letting reception guests know where you’re eating dinner so they can join you if they want to pay themselves? I’d suggest not doing this. It’ll come off as rude. its fine if dinner is just you newlyweds or also the immediate family from the ceremony, but it’s odd to basically offer a dinner if ppl pay. You arent offering dinner and that’s fine better to leave it at that. 

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