Post # 1
We are seriously considering a cocktail reception since there won’t be any elderly/grandparents at our wedding and we want to have a more relaxed/fun vibe. Our venue is a great little Italian restaurant that can do around 65 for a cocktail reception.
Anyone been to a cocktail reception that can offer some do’s and don’ts? I want to be sure that I plan the best reception that I can.
Post # 3
I assume with cocktail reception, you’re intending to serve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres? Make sure you check with your caterer how many hors d’oeuvres they allocate per person. Some brides think that when you pay, let’s say the listed price of $3 per person for a particular hors d’oeuvre, that that means that you get unlimited pieces — however many can be eaten by that many guests. At my venue, that means 1.5 pieces per person that you pay for. It’s also good to ask if they put everything out at once or if the food is staggered — my parents were at an hors d’oeuvres wedding last month and the food completely ran out because there just wasn’t enough to go around.
Post # 4
We had a mid-day cocktail reception. Keep it short and simple. We left out most of the traditional bells and whistles, but kept the first dance and cake cutting. Beyond that, we enjoyed our time mingling with guests, grooving to the music and eating!
Post # 5
Thanks! I think it will start with some passed hors d’ouevres and then a “station” set up with flatbreads, antipasti, maybe a pasta dish etc. It will be plenty of food for sure- FI and I are foodies.
Post # 6
I don’t have any advice, but I just wanted to say sounds like lots of fun! I’ve always wanted to go to a cocktail reception! I thought about hosting one myself, but it didn’t work out.
I love the idea of passed appetizers and food stations, it makes it more fun and interactive. I would also just make sure there’s lots if variety, as in not all meat or all vegetarian or all seafood.. Make sure there’s lots for everyone and it’ll be a blast!