(Closed) afternoon appetizer reception card wording

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 4
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can just put “cocktail reception to follow” or  “Immediately followed by a cocktail reception”  Putting the word cocktail in there will let people know this isnt going to be a full meal.

Post # 5
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@bells:  I agree, but doesn’t “cocktail reception” imply that alcohol will be provided?

I think if I saw “cocktail reception” I’d assume open bar or at least beer and wine. 

Maybe something like “hors d’ouerves and dancing to follow” or “hors d’ouerves reception”?

Post # 6
685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@KatNYC2011:  I agree.  I think that hors d’ouerves and dancing dancing immediately following the reception at 123 Hollywood Blvd. is appropriate.  I don’t think that you need to put anything about the alcohol being there or not.  Maybe you could include that on your wedding website so that people are prepared.  But honestly, a lot of people won’t be getting wastie faced at 2 in the afternoon.

Post # 7
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@KatNYC2011:  Agreed.  “Cocktail Reception” definitely implies hosted alcohol.

Post # 9
1699 posts
Bumble bee

@nyscpa2be:  My thought was that I would simply say “reception” — because what you are planning IS what a reception really is. Those other parties are “dinners” or “dinner-dances” or “cocktail parties”. Your plans are like a breath of fresh air from a time when weddings were  more about starting a new household, and less about creating a new debt-load. I wish you a wonderful wedding — and more importantly a long and happy marriage.

Post # 10
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

at the bottom of the invitation:


hors d’oeuvres and dancing to follow

swank reception hall name and location

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