Post # 1
So I am doing our invitations this weekend, and I cannot think of how to word our reception. It’s at 7:30pm, so we aren’t doing a full meal. But we aren’t doing all hors d’vours (spelling??)…I’m hoping to have a cheese, grapes, bread section, and perhaps soup, and then some typical hors d’vours.
Also…we’re (hopefully) having a late night “snack”, should I include that on the invitation, or just mention it on the menu at the reception?
Help! I need to know fast!
Post # 3
Is that what they call a cocktail reception?
Post # 4
Online it seems that a cocktail reception is more no (or little) tables, but we’ll still have regular tables (just no assigned seating). I don’t know if it would confuse people if I said cocktail?
Post # 5
hmmm… How many guests are you having?
Post # 6
@soon2bhis: I am doing the EXACT same thing! All you have to do is make sure that people know that it is a cocktail reception. You don’t have to mention anything about the midnight buffet. This is what I am doing:
Each day begins fresh and new
knowing I’ll be spending
it with you
Jean Philippe _______
Invite you to join the celebration
as they tie the knot
on Saturday, September 3rd
at six thirty in the evening
The Nation Golf Course
731 County Road #19
Please join us for a cocktail reception after the ceremony
Post # 8
Thta’s a tough one. I think I might say “please join us for hors d’oeuvres and dancing immediately after the ceremony” even though you are doing more than that…I have hear of people saying “heavy hors d’oeuvres”, but I think that sounds a little odd. I wouldn’t mention the snack.
Post # 9
We were invited to a wedding similar to this and the invitation said something like, “Hors d’oeuvre reception to immediately follow”
They ended up having SO many hors d’oeuvres, it was more food than a sit-dow reception.
Post # 10
This is definitely a cocktail reception.
Post # 11
I agree that cocktail reception sounds better … but I can see where people may be confused, thinking cocktails mean drinks (and not food)?
Post # 12
Don’t need to mention the late night snack. I think you can go with either cocktail or hors d’oeuvre wording on your invitation- whatever you think sounds better!
Post # 13
Call it a cocktail reception and people will know not to expect a full meal. Everyone knows that with cocktails.
Post # 14
I agree with the other posters on calling it a cocktail reception. Just about everyone knows that means there won’t be a full meal. And the late night snack will just be a pleasant surprise.
Post # 15
Call it a cocktail reception. I’d make sure the ceremony wasn’t immediately beforehand though, as people may want to eat more than just hors d’oeuvres at 7:30pm.