- 7 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
I’m planning a ceremony at a mansion with a beautiful courtyard and gardens, followed by a reception in a large private room at a nearby restaurant. The venue fee for the mansion is for a minimum of 2 hours. Since I am going to have a very short ceremony, it would be a waste of the venue fee and the beautiful surroundings to leave immediately for the reception, plus it would be nice to be able to get a lot of pics at the mansion/gardens. So I thought it would be nice to have a cocktail hour at the mansion. At all the weddings I’ve been to, the cocktail hour was at the same venue as the reception, so no need to hire a separate caterer. So I’m wondering about the logistical hassle and expense this would entail. Has anyone done it or seen it done?
Also, do you think champagne and light hors d’oeuvres is enough to serve? There will be an open bar at the reception so I don’t want people to get loaded before they even get to the reception!! Should I add regular wine and beer also (plus water/soft drinks for children and non-drinkers)? Any thoughts on a reasonable ballpark catering fee for this type of cocktail hour for, say, 75 guests? And, as a guest how would you feel if there was champagne and/or wine/beer available when you arrived at the ceremony site? I would really like to create a relaxed feeling for the ceremony, where people could sip on a drink and mingle when they arrive, rather than having people sit silently, waiting for the proceedings to begin. I am hoping to be out there mingling with the guests myself, to contribute to the relaxed, informal feeling.
That was a lot of questions – sorry! Thanks for your advice and impressions.