(Closed) Cocktail reception brides – How are you starting your reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Because our reception is so close to the ceremony, we are doing a cocktail hour where the guests can drink and talk, then after we are done doing pictures or whatever, we are going to be introduced as Mr and Mrs. Dinner then dancing.

Post # 4
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We are going to have a quick (30-45 minute) cocktail hour on the balcony while the staff re-sets our chairs. We will start the reception with a quick set of toasts, then the first dance.

Post # 5
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our ceremony and reception are at the same venue.  We are going to have our guests move out to the courtyard for a 45 minish cocktail hour while the room is flipped and then have them come back in.   We will most likely enter, do our first dance and then toasts — which will announce the food stations being open and then begin the dancing about 45 min later. 

Post # 6
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We will be doing pictures during the cocktial hour. We will arrive at the end our DJ will ask everyone to take their seats and then our wedding party will be introduced followed by our Grand Entrance. Immediately we will have our first dance and then my dad is going to do a toast to welcome everyone and then dinner will be served. We will be doing the toasts through dinner.

To start off the dancing for the night we will have the father/daughter and mother/son dance right after dinner. Then….PARTY!!!!!!!

Hope this helps.

Post # 7
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re planning to be at our venue before our guests start arriving for our cocktail and canapés styled reception. We’re trying to do it so that the feel of the whole reception is more like a couple hosting a fun party than a wedding reception so we’re not planning on doing toasts or a first dance – we’re only planning on doing the cake cutting. 

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