Post # 1
I’m not sure where to start. My fiance and I will be getting married in a large yard with the reception in a rustic barn. The date is set for June 9, 2012. We want to get married around 730pm. Would it be acceptable to just serve cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts around 8:30pm? We will have a large number of guests (250ish) who are used to big family sit down dinners, but I want it to be very different. It’s more our style to go without the stuffy dinner.
Our colors are light pink, candy apple green and black. Any ideas for dessert tables/hors d’ouevres tables? I want it to be simple, DIY, classy and fun.. it won’t be a super formal wedding…but it won’t be a backyard BBQ by any means.
Post # 3
I think that sounds like a terrific idea! As long as you make it clear in your invitation what sort of reception it is…
Post # 4
I think that sounds awesome! I’ve been to a few similar receptions, and having a variety of tasty small things, good drinks, and dessert rather than a sit-down, well-balanced meal was so much fun. You do need to keep the food/alcohol balance in mind – I’ve also been to “cocktail parties”, either for work or weddings, where the food runs out quickly but people just keep drinking, and you can imagine how that tends to turn out. 😉 I suspect the key is a combination of having a) enough food, b) spaced out throughout the evening rather than all at once, and c) making sure your guests know what to expect in case they want to eat before they come.
This style of reception seems like so much fun to plan – so many fun options! I bet it’ll be great!
Post # 5
Love it. I agree about communicating to the guests about what to expect so they don’t come with a huge empty stomach!
You could do super cute light pink and candy apple green signature cocktails.
Post # 6
I love it too. I would just make sure that it’s noted somewhere. The worst is when you don’t know and you’re starving and there’s not enough food.
Post # 7
We’re doing hors d’oeuvres. : ) There’s actually a lot of ladies on WB who are having “grazing” or “tapas” receptions. I think it’s just so much more conducive to mingling, etc. than a sit-down dinner, especially if you don’t do a separate cocktail hour!
Post # 8
I would just make sure your guests know it’s a cocktail reception so they don’t expect dinner. I know if I were invited to an evening wedding, I would definitely expect a meal to be served, but if you alert people to this fact ahead of time, well then it’s on them whether or not they’re hungry!
Post # 9
Thank you all so much for the suggestions! 🙂 I will be sure to take your thoughts into consideration and will for sure add the details about the food situation to the invites. I love this site!
Post # 10
Definitely. Guests can eat dinner before the wedding. Just be sure to tell them on the invitation.
Post # 11
I am doing this same sort of thing, and in fact we aren’t even having heavy apps. We are having a snack table and cake. My invites specify Adult Cocktail Reception, and it begins at 7:30pm. I think that the key is just to make sure your invites specify and that the start time is after the traditional dinner hour. You have that nailed.