(Closed) Cocktail Reception

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7413 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

That’s really not enough food. Your ceremony starts right in the middle of dinner time!

Post # 4
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Elledee4:  Elaborate on the passed canapés – how many will you be serving? 

If you’re worried about it not being enough, why not reallocate the late night food to be served with the canapés. You can still have dessert served later. 

Post # 7
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Elledee4:  I think your food amounts sound fine, but I get what you’re saying about the flow. I think it might work better if you have ~2 stations set up, and then have passes appetizers to supplement. 

I’d be pleased as punch if I were a guest at your wedding with that many food options. I love variety! 

Post # 8
3725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Elledee4:  Are there going to be places to sit?

Post # 9
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Elledee4:  we did exactly what you’re describing basically and we had too much food! We had 100ish people and we planned basically 6 different stationary apps for 150 people, and then 6 heavier passed hors dourves each for 100, plus pie for our wedding cake.  We ended up with way too much food (which was a good thing.) We also did it from 7-midnight and made it very clear on our invitations and website that no formal sit-down meal would be served

Post # 10
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@LilRhodyGem:  +1

OP, will there be any seating? Ppl typically don’t like to stand in heels for hours. Especially old ppl. Otherwise, I think everything sounds good.

Post # 11
48 posts

I am doing a very similar thing for my reception.  I’m having a few tables of fruits, cheeses, and anti pasta along with passed apps (8-10 per person). We are also doing an open bar of sorts… I am considering adding 2 food stations for later in the evening but am waiting on the estimate.  I am hoping to have the food stations started a while into the reception to give people something different as the night goes on.  However, the cost for this will be higher. So we still might have the food stations start at the same time. I have enough tables and chairs for everyone but I hope that people will be encouraged to mingle and move with the type of foods being served.

I also fear that non drinkers and dancers will be left out later in the evening and may leave.  I’m not worried about having enough food. 


Post # 12
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Elledee4:  Do you think the timeline… will be boring?
Not at all.  Those 4 hours will FLY BY.  It was all a whirlwind and our events lasted twice as long than what you’re planning- and our guests STILL had an amazing time (or so they tell me).
Just make sure everyone is comfortable with cocktail tables and pockets of seating scattered around, along with a couple of sit-down tables for those with tired feet.  The party idea sounds like fun!

Post # 14
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You should read Mrs. Fox’s posts (a blogger bee from last year). She had exactly what you are describing, and you could probably get some good ideas about what worked and what didn’t.

Post # 15
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I am having a 4 hour cocktail dinner as well. I would make it clear on the invitation that its a cocktail dinner, that way people will know its not a formal sit down dinner. I also thought about maybe having a photobooth to keep people entertained but I am still debating that. 

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