(Closed) cocktails reception

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I’m a fan of having seating for everyone.  Ladies will be in heels, possibly carrying a little clutch purse ~ juggling appetizers and a drink while standing would be hard. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

So people won’t really be using the place settings at the table?   They will be using smaller plates which will be set up on the food table?  If that’s the case, people may not understand that and may end up dirtying the place settings as well. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

i think it depends on the kind of reception you are having.  i had a cocktail and hors duerves reception.  it started very late (ceremony was at 7:30 pm, reception around 8:15).  i didnt have seating for everyone and i didnt put place setting on the tables.  i had 8 tables for 10 and 12 cocktail tables (~125 guests).  the goal was to have people moving around, mingling and dancing, not sitting at their table.  if i were a guest, and i was assigned a seat (which is mainly so the waiters know what to serve) and there was a full place setting, is assume a full dinner or buffet was being served.  i know you put “cocktail reception” on the invite, but some people didnt get it and were still expecting dinner at my reception.

i guess im confused as to why you’d assign seats and have fine china and glassware if no dinner was being served?

Post # 7
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Honey bee

Seating for every single guest is a must. You don’t have to have tables for everyone though it is nice. But not everyone wants to stand the entire time, especially in heels. If you do have limited seating, there are folks who make a beeline to reserve it and not give it up for anything. At the same time, it is impossible to hold a plate, a glass, your purse, and have a free hand to eat/drink with.

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