(Closed) Cocktail reception/extended cocktail hour ideas please?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2469 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My SIL didn’t have a formal reception. She had light appetizers and drinks, plus cake and a dessert table. No dancing. They made it clear on the invitation and everyone seemed to have a great time. I would def. travel for a loved ones wedding, no matter if there was a ceremony only, cocktail reception, or full seated dinner. I wouldn’t mind being told what tasty dinner spots were nearby, though, and that might be a nice thing to do for your traveling guests!

Post # 4
673 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Snowden:  I haven’t been to a wedding without a dinner reception but that being said, cocktail receptions ARE a thing.  And I think they are perfectly acceptible, and the norm, for that time of day.  Appetizers are usually served at a cocktail reception so it’s not like your guests will starve, they’re just not getting a full meal.  If I were close enough to the family member or friend, I would still attend no matter how far away.  The type of reception would not be a factor. 

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@littlemisst08:  +1 to the listing of good dinner spots!  That’s a great idea.


Post # 5
4145 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think this is fine as long as you have some hors d’ouevres or snacks.

The other option is to just have everyone go to a restaurant after for dinner.

Post # 6
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@Snowden:  As long as you let guests know on the invitation that there will not be dinner, it is totally fine.  I would word it as, “Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to follow.”  I go to weddings because I care about the people, not for the free meal, though of course good food doesn’t hurt.

Post # 8
2263 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Snowden:  Goodness, at that point, I would turn and look at your Future Mother-In-Law and tell her, “That sounds wonderful, could you help us pay for it?” 

10 to 15 hors d’ouvres and desert would leave me full and at best wanting a midnight snack. 

Post # 10
2263 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Snowden:  OMG, I’m so sorry you have to deal with that.  Wow, just wow. 

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