Post # 1
Are any of you planning an appetizer and cake reception? We are considering this because it will save us a TON of money. Since this will be less formal, can there still be a DJ and dancing and all of that fun stuff? How does seating work with appetizers only? I’m just not starting to think about this, so any thoughts or ideas would be helpful!
Post # 3
You can really do it however you want. You could have seating arrangements like at a more formal affair, but most cocktail/appetizer receptions I’ve been to have high boy tables scattered around for guests to put their plates on while they stand and eat, then seating scattered around.
Of course you can still have a DJ-and anything you want! It’s just a good idea to let the guests know that your reception is a cocktail reception, so they’ll know not to expect dinner. These kind of receptions can often take place earlier in the night-so guests have something to nosh on before dinner-or later, after dinner.
Post # 4
We did an appetizer reception, with wine and beer bar and cake.
We had a 2pm ceremony and reception following, same location. We even managed to get in an hour of picture taking. Guests went downstairs for the reception and we snuck off for pictures. We definitely had music and dancing, although not as much as I had hoped for, I’m sure because it was late afternoon.
We didn’t have assigned seating, which was a plus for us, but we did make sure there was adequate seating. We had about 15 4 person tables and there were extra benches already in the space. (80 people were at the reception)
This was good solution for us. We were on a budget, I didn’t want to have two separate locations, and the afternoon was best for us as we were leaving early the next day for our honeymoon. It was much less expensive as well. I live in Norther Virginia and everything is really expensive. It helped that we had a really beautiful location and didn’t need many decorations. This was also a relatively low key and low stress reception. No fighting over who sits where, it was easy to please everyone’s tastes, diets restrictions, etc.
It was a perfect day for us, but you have to decide what’s important to you. We wanted low key and casual. Everyone I’ve spoken too had a great time and it defiantly encourages people to move around and talk. There are always trade offs. We knew people probably wouldn’t dance as much, and the reception was little shorted that I had hoped, but again, part of that is time of day, and with the appetizer reception there is a little less structure, which isn’t really good or bad.
Hope this helps.