Tales from my cocktail reception (Beer/Wine/Apps, for dinner, limited seating)

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
1112 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

That sounds like so much fun! And so much food! Theres no way anyone went hungry. 

I would much rather go to a wedding like yours and have fun than sit and listen to endless speeches and slide shows. 

Post # 3
8503 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

It sounds like it worked out nicely.  It’s good to at least have some seating, you had 72 seats for 100 people so I think that is probably why it worked out well.  I was MOH in a cocktail style of reception but there was no seating in the main ballroom (just the high tables with no chairs).  Since I had to be there all night keeping the party going I was DYING for somewhere to sit down!  Definitely not a fan of that.

Also, I love appetizer type receptions!  As long as there is enough food (people will eat more apps if there isn’t a main course so you obviously need more) it’s my favorite because there is typically more variety and more interesting things than chicken.

Post # 4
996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

That sounds great! I’m glad you had such a fun reception and that everything went so well. What did you do your first dance to?

Post # 5
1653 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

StL.Ashley:  sounds like a great wedding, congrats!  


Any guest photos to share? 🙂

Post # 6
35 posts

Congratulations! Sounds like a great time! 

Post # 9
1441 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

StL.Ashley:  glad that worked out for you, but for anyone else reading, please give your guests a seat. All of your guests. 

Post # 11
405 posts
Helper bee

Ditto HannahGrace.  I wouldn’t want to take a seat because I would leave it open for the elderly, pregnant, disabled, etc. people that would need it more than I would.  For lurkers, if you are going to have a reception like OP did, have more seating than needed for your guests not less. It is horribly rude not to have a seat for each butt.

Post # 12
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

StL.Ashley:  It sounds like your reception was awesome.  I love the variety that cocktail receptions offer. And no one wants to sit down the whole time at a wedding anyway, so I don’t understand why bees are making a big deal about you not having seats for all of your guests.  Its not like you had a formal dinner.  To each their own I guess. . . 

Post # 14
405 posts
Helper bee

Sorry, but having enough seats for your guests is pretty basic.  Heck, if I am at a bar I usually sit on a stool most of the time, unless I am up dancing, and I’m an able bodied young person.  

Post # 15
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

StL.Ashley:  I’m glad your wedding worked for YOU and YOUR guests, which is the whole point of planning your own wedding. IDK why some bees are making comments when you explicitly said that your situation could work as long as you know your guests and gave a successful example. This would not work for us, but I understand why and how it would appeal to other brides and grooms. Congrats on becoming a Mrs!!

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