(Closed) cocktail reception

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
205 posts
Helper bee

Hi, I have attended two cocktail wedding receptions and one was much better than the other – the one that wasn’t as fun didn’t have enough seating for everyone and definitely not enough food. I think we ended up going to McDonalds afterwards, we were so hungry.

To reserve tables, you could just make placecards to put on there saying “Reserved” and then let your older guests know that those are for them. Having high cocktail tables is a good idea so people don’t have to hold a drink, a plate and their purses etc all at once.

Cocktail receptions are nice, as long as there’s enough food to go around! 🙂

Post # 4
3214 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We had a cocktail reception at my mom’s home, and it was great! We did a mix of high and low 4-top tables (technically called “cocktail” and “cafe” tables, respectively), with chairs for the cafe tables. The important thing was having room for people to move around. Everyone seemed to automatically leave the low tables for the older guests. We also had a few couches against the walls, which provided extra seating. On the whole, since people moving and mingling, everyone got a chance to sit when they were feeling tired, then get up again when they were ready.

Post # 5
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I like caffeiney’s suggestion about the “reserved.” 

(however, I think that in general, people are pretty good about giving seats to the elderly and the disabled 🙂

Post # 6
217 posts
Helper bee

I put together a wonderful cocktail only wedding reception and the space had round tables.  Since they were large, I only used 4 of them and had it reserved for older and immediate family.  Scattered throughout were bistro sets (tall bar stool chairs and smaller tables) that could seat 3 and in addition, a lounge area that had two facing sectional sofas and 4 large ottomans (one on each side of the sofas) and scattered small cocktail tables for the drinks.    Depending on the space, you should try to seat as many people as you can since it will be for a couple of hours.  As the evening progresses, people without seating should be able to sit as other folks get up from the lounge area.  You may want to opt for folding chairs in case you need to pull some out and make a conversation seating with them – like groups of 4 facing each other.  

Post # 8
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I want to do a “cocktail” buffet of mini foods, but we still have regular dinner seating, what do you think of that idea?? Its just such a good way to save money on catering costs!

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