(Closed) Cocktail style reception

posted 13 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
29 posts
  • Wedding: August 2022

I am so happy you posted this! I am worrying about the same exact thing!  I keep hearing from others that wedding guests "like" the comfort of assigned seating but my Fiance is really really hoping we can have mostly cocktail tables with some other large rounds for older guests/those who feel like sitting.


I’ll be so interested to read your responses!


Post # 4
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am doing this at my wedding.  We have seating for about 75% of the guests (large rounds) mixed with cocktail tables.  We are having a few displays (veggies, fruit, cheese and crackers) and waiters passing around all the hot hors duerves (spelling?).  We’re having a dessert display (with tea + coffee), the wedding cake, and an open bar all night.

I have always hated assigned seating at weddings.  I think the cocktail tables forces people to mingle.  Mainly your older guests will be sitting down.  I imagine that once people start drinking and dancing, no one will be worried about where they should sit.  In fact, after dinner, most people move from their assigned seats at a wedding anyways.  Think of your reception as a super long cocktail hour.  People will be fine.  If you are not serving alcohol or having music, maybe think about something else to keep people entertained.  I liked the trivia on the cocktail napkins that one of the Bee’s blogged about yesterday.

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