(Closed) Cocktail Reception?? Help!

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

ONe of the funnest weddings I’ve ever been to was a cocktail reception! It was very open with just standing tables and a few chairs in kind of a corner for people too old/ill to stand for a long time. There was a killer band and great apps with a super fun dessert bar!

Go for it! Your cocktail reception is going to be awesome! I can tell πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

You’re welcome πŸ™‚ I think the gondola rides are a great idea too.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My wedding is in 12 (eek!) days, and I completely agree with you about the drama of an evening wedding!

We’re having a cocktail/hors d’ouvres reception as well, although I’ve never been to one myself. The idea came about because I wanted a much more “adult” reception, and something unlike all the run-of-the-mill midwest wedding receptions that I’ve had to endure so many times. (you know the kind: free beer, chicken family style dinner, polka band.)

In order to keep things fresh and moving all night long, I’ve come up with a few strategies:

1) The hors d’ouvres are not the same all night. The reception starts at 5:30pm, with very light snacks (international cheeses, olives, etc). The heavier, more filling hot hors d’ouvres come out at 6:30pm (bruschettas, antipasti, stuffed portobellas, artichoke cakes, brie-stuffed phylo purses, etc). At 9pm all that goes away and out comes the dessert hors d’ouvres. Because this is a Christmas wedding, I am incorportating that by serving mini pecan pies, mini pumpkin pies, frosted sugar cookies, gingerbreads, chocolate fountain, etc and also a warm beverage bar including hot cocoa, flavored coffees, hot apple cider, spiced rum, etc.

2) There is never a quiet moment! We have hired both a DJ as well as a 16-piece big band/swing band. The DJ will play during the mingling hour, as well as during the band’s breaks. At 10pm the band is done playing the classics (frank sinatra, michael buble – type music), and the DJ starts kicking it up a notch with dance music to “reignite” the energy of the evening.

3) I don’t have seating for every person. We have approximately 225 guests, but only 13 “sitting” tables, each of which seat 10 people. There are also approximately 20 bar stools at the wrap around bar, and small corner tables by the fireplace in the gathering area. The entire seating layout and table choices were chosen to encourage mingling – like pub tables. With not enough seating for all the guests to sit, they’re forced to be up and walking, talking, and dancing!

I hope that this post helps – I’d be more than happy to let you know how it turns out!

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