(Closed) cocktail reception – invitation wording

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Please join the celebration
at a cocktail & hors d’oeuvres reception at….

Or

cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to follow at….

Even though you said you’re not having a sit down dinner, you are going to provide seating?

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Single line: cocktail reception immediately following (if it’s at the same place)

OR a separate card if it’s at a different location, along the lines of what I blew the budget suggested.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

What time is the reception going to start?

Depending on the hour people may figure out for themselves that the reception will be cocktails only.

Otherwise you might leave that information off the invitation itself and include a reception card asking people to join your for “Cocktails and dancing” or “Light refreshment” and the address.  Add a note that “cocktail attire is politely requested” and people ought to get the idea.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ours will say “Cocktail Reception to Follow”

We are having our ceremony/reception at the same venue …later in the evening and will NOT be providing seating for every single guest…it will be, as the line above implies, like a cocktail party!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re doing the exact same thing.  Our caterer calls it Mini Entree stations.  On our invitation we’re referring to it as a Strolling Reception. In fact the exact words are:

Strolling Reception and Merriment to follow

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

My daughter’s is the same…ceremony & reception same place. We’re only having on our invitations Reception Immediately Following…..not mentioning cocktails or hor d’oeuvres or stations. We’re having plenty of food and I don’t think its necessary to mention anything about it.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh!  Strolling Reception…that is a good way to phrase it.  I wonder if my Future Mother-In-Law would have had an easier time with the concept if we had explained it that way…haha.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

Our caterer calls it a ‘Continuous Cocktail Party’ but I didn’t want to confuse everybody,because when we first discussed the options with them,it confused me too. I’m excited to have this kind of reception,and hopefully everyone else will like it.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Miss Blondie,

We are using the word “cocktail” to imply that there won’t be seating for everyone…We are also having the ceremony begin at 6:30…perhaps stating “Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and dancing to follow at…..”  You might want to use a seperate card if it is a formal affair since it is at a different place.

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