(Closed) Cocktail/Finger Food Only Reception

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would think a cocktail reception would definitely be shorter than a sit-down meal reception.  A good hour to hour and a half is dedicated to the meal at those weddings, so making a cocktail-only reception the same length would seem very long. I’d also wouldn’t do pre-dinner drinks since you won’t have any food and your guests may get tipsy.

4 or 5 speeches is a lot of time!! Is there anyway you can cut it down to 2? 

I’d probably cut it to 4 hours max and do something like this:

6:00pm Guests arrive

6:15pm Bridal party & Bride & Groom entrance

6:30pm Food stations are open

7:00pm Speeches

7:30pm First Dance

8:30pm Cake Cutting

10:00pm Reception over

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If I was attending a cocktail reception, I’d probably want it to start later or finish earlier so I could have a meal – so maybe a bit shorter? 

TBH I couldn’t go from 6:30 to 10 without a hot meal, but maybe that’s just me.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sera_archie:  That’s a lot of speeches!!  

As the bride & groom – you can say a quick thank you for coming after you cut the cake.  Both of you can get up at the same time and do it combined.  I don’t think it’s normal for full speeches at the wedding from the bride & groom. (I’ve never seen it).

I’m not sure whose paying, but usually whoever is does a quick ‘welcome’ at the start of the meal, is that the groom’s dad? If not, you can say welcome for your guests then. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Mine was from 7 pm to 11, there was dancing for three hours straight, and it continued at the after party. This with less than 40 people!

 

we did:

7 pm people arrive (we were there already). there were food, drinks, and everybody talked and mingled

8 pm dancing started

10 pm cake cutting along with a couple very short speeches. dancing followed.

11 pm party ends and we went to the after party

 

everybody complimented us on how it went and how much fun it was compared to your typical formal sit down!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

(also nobody was hungry!)

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@sera_archie:  I was sooooo afraid it would be boring but i promise you it won’t! don’t plan any games and good luck!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I loooooove finger food parties. As long as there’s enough food, I prefer it to a regular dinner.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano's Humble

This is something we’re starting to consider. I think it’s easier to do a finger food buffet, versus 1 thing of each pp. Plus, if people don’t like something, those that do, can get more and vice versa πŸ™‚ Also, we’re getting married NYE, and had originally wanted a dinner and reception earlier, and midnight vows. we’re defnitely thinking of doing it this way, and then doing the cake cutting at the after party!

I think it sounds wonderful!

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