Post # 1
Please help…I am finalizing my invitations before sending them off to a printer and need suggestions.
After the ceremony we will have a tradtional cocktail hour…but it will continue threw the whole evening and never end. We are not doing a formal sit down. We find that it takes away from the dancing to much
So we wanted to let our guests know that is a “never ending” cocktail hour. Because ususally you RSVP and it asks what kind of entree you would like.
Help Bee’s how do i write this on the invitation??????
Post # 3
Are you having dinner after? Typically entree choice is only included for a pre-ordered plated meal (not buffet, not heavy appetizers, etc.)
I suggest writing something like “reception to follow” (or something similar and simple) on your invitation to indicate what will be happening. A cocktail hour is just that – a defined period of time. It might be easier to just call it a reception 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
“Cocktail Reception to Follow”?
Post # 5
If the reception is cocktails only you should write “Cocktail Reception to Follow”
You need to let your guests know that a formal dinner will not be served so they can grab dinner before the ceremony if necessary.
Post # 6
At the end of your invitation write:
Cocktail reception to follow
Post # 7
How about “A Cocktail Reception and Dancing to follow?”
Post # 8
is it just me or does that still sound like a cocktail hour then reception? That is what I would think from reading that. Is it possible to write that, but then spread the word by word of mouth? I was a guest at a wedding this weekend that ended up wtih a 2.5 hour cocktail hour and then just pasta for dinner. It was a bit suprising and if I had known there was not more to eat I would have gone wild during the long cocktail hour.
Post # 9
@danielle703: state “cocktail reception” on your invite. i have been to many weddings like this and they all stated it this way. i was prepared for no sit down dinner.
Post # 10
Will there be hors d’eouvres at this never ending cocktail hour? If so I would say “Light /Heavy hors d’eouvres, cocktails and dancing to follow”. Light/Heavy depnding on what is being served.
Post # 11
If there will be enough food to constitute as a dinner then I would just say “Reception to follow”. If not, I would say “Cocktail reception to follow”
Post # 12
@JenGirl: I agree. Something like “Light hors d’oeuvres, cocktail reception, and dancing to follow.”
Post # 13
I should have clarified its a glorified over the top cocktail hour with food stations the whole time.
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
@danielle703: Maybe you could call it “cocktails and tapas reception” since tapas sounds more substantial than hors d’oeuvres? Are there tables to sit at, or only standing cocktail tables?
Post # 15
i think i might just leave it alone…there will be more then enough food at all times. I wouldn’t want to confuse anyone ….