Post # 1
Im in the midst of plaaning my reception and i’ve really become stuck on the idea of having a dessert/cocktail reception.My question is, are there certain guidelines to having this type of affair? I really wanted an evening reception, like around 7, so is it ok to only serve heavy hore’ d oeuvre’s and desserts at this time or do we actually have to have a sit down dinner?
Post # 3
I’m doing the same thing!
My ceremony will be at 7, followed by a cocktail and dessert reception. I am having some appetizers, probably 3 – 4 per person, with a dessert buffet and drinks and dancing.
I think it is perfectly acceptable, just make sure to put it on your invites.
Post # 4
I am doing this type of reception. I think if you have it at 7 (ceremony or actual reception?) people will expect dinner. If the reception starts at 7, then the ceremony probably begins around 5:30 or 6? If you plan to start the reception at 7 pm, plan to have LOTS of hors d’oeuvres because that’s smack in the middle of dinner time.
Our ceremony begins at 7:30 pm. I worded the invitations "cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception to immediately follow" and I did not include seperate reception cards (our ceremony and reception are at the same place).
I am still working on the menu, but I think the standard is 5-7 pieces per person, per hour. We are going to do a couple of displays (crudite, fruit, cheese), butler passed hors d’oeuvres (the pricer stuff), and I think we are going to do two stations, but not for the total number of guests. My venue doesnt do tappas style appetizers, but that’s what I had in mind with the stations.
We are only serving food for the first two hours. Open bar for 3.5 hours. And we will have the cake and a dessert display (with coffee, tea, etc). If you are going to do a cocktail reception, I think you definitely need to have an open bar.