(Closed) How to Characterize a Cocktail Reception with Heavy Appetizers

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
38 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008

We had a similar recpetion.

You didn’t mention what time of day your wedding is, but that can be helpful to guests as well.

We had a 2pm cermony and since the cermony and reception were at the same place, we simply put "reception to follow" at the bottom of the invite. 

I don’t know if this will help you or not.

Post # 4
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We’re just putting "Reception immediately to follow" at the bottom since the ceremony and reception are in the same place. we’re doing passed appetizers and food stations (meats, mashed potatoes, veggies/fruits/cheese) that are equivalent to a plated meal, so I don’t feel the need to warn people that they’re not having a sit-down dinner. I guess I know that it won’t bother my crowd, though — most station-receptions I’ve been to have filled me up, no problem.

Post # 5
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Can you write something like "Please join us for drinks and appetizers immediately following the ceremony"?  I don’t know if drinks will still offend some people, but I guess I feel that if you will be serving alcohol they will be confronted by that sooner or later.  I think most people know that ‘appetizers’ for a recetion usually means they will be substantial, but I still think you need to warn people there isn’t dinner in case they will want to make other arrangements.

Post # 6
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I was just at a wedding where appetizers were served throughout the reception, and it was just simply stated as "Cocktail Reception."  To me, "cocktail" = appetizers/hors d’ourvres, specially when it is related to an event such as a wedding. 

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