(Closed) Cocktail reception??

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have attended one and our reception will be cocktail style.  it’s not always the cheaper route so if you are looking to be budget friendly it doesn’t always end that way.  we are really excited for ours since it will be very interactive food stations and will hopefully have the guests talking for a long time about it.  Good Luck on whatever you choose for your reception.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re doing a cocktail reception and it probably won’t be a cost saving venture, but it’s the vibe I wanted for our big day. I wanted our guests to mingle and have fun, and I personally always found the dinner portion the be the least fun aspect of the wedding. So . . . no dinner! Problem solved!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We originally planned on having a dinner buffet, but ran into a problem when we wanted to increase our guest list. We decided to go with a cocktail reception to allow for more people (no dinner = less tables that have to be set up = more space = more people), and I’m actually really excited about it! We’re having heavy hors d’oeurves and our guests should still have plenty to eat, and they’ll have lots to pick and choose from. Plus, the mixing and mingling aspect should be fun too! As far as cost, it’s about the same as what we would have paid for dinner with a smaller guest list, but what I like about this is that we can really tweak the menu and therefore the cost. Whereas dinner was a set price, with this option we can add or subtract food based on what we need and what we want to pay, so we get to make sure we have the right amount of food for the right price.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

Could some of you with cocktail receptions give some detail about how much food you will be providing?

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are having a cocktail reception too.  The one thing we keep hearing is to make sure that there is enough seating for everyone!  We were origionally planning on seating for 75% and bar tables for the rest.  Are you dismissing tables?  How many pieces per person?  I feel like the coordinator at our site isn’t much help since this is such a new trend. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My sister did something similar to this. She actually had it in a cocktail/martini lounge so there were different options for seatings (high top tables, booths, couches). It worked fine but I definitely would have some small food options available. We had small meatballs, roast beef crustinis, cheese and crackers and shrimp cocktail. and of course, cake!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re doing a cocktail wedding…our guests come in, grab a drink, then 30 min later I’ll come in, 15 minute ceremony, and then when we’re done with the weding portion, heavy hors d’oeuvres and open bar for 4 hrs 15 min.  Yay!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@shunnedbride: We’re going to have seating for about half our guests (5, maybe 6 round tables that seat 8-9 plus 3 high tables). Our venue does cocktail receptions all the time, and that’s the set up they suggested, so I’m going with it! There are lots of ledges and flat surfaces throughout the room to provide additional places to set down drinks and plates, so I’m hoping that will be enough for everyone. If I had a lot of space to work with I might not mind setting up enough tables for 75-100% of our guests, but our venue is on the smaller side so we don’t really have the room. As for food, we are having an average of 1-3 pieces/servings per person, depending on the type of food.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

This is such a big help!  As I mentioned before- this style reception is really new in NW IN and hearing from others who have attended such a party is great!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I love the idea of a cocktail wedding reception.  Most sit down dinners and even buffets, have the same old, same old.  A cocktail reception allows for more choices, just in smaller portions.  Guests have more of a choice, there are less tables to set up, and it really allows for a more relaxed atmosphere.

I have tried to tell my cousin about this.  She wants a beautiful wedding reception, and she thinks a sit down dinner is the only way to achieve this.  I just told her to have it later in the evening, and have a cocktail reception instead.  She wants about 75 people there, and she is fearing cost.  I know that a cocktail reception is not always the cheapest route, but for her it may work out.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I love the idea of a cocktail reception but I’ve never been to one.  I looked into it for our reception but I didnt’ find it to be any cheaper than dinner.  We opted for a lunch reception instead.

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