(Closed) How would you make this clear?

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would either say “cocktail style reception to follow” or “cocktails and light hor’ duerves to follow”

Post # 4
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would just call it a cocktail reception, if you feel like you need something in more detail, you can put it on your website if you have one.

Post # 5
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Cocktail reception to follow.

Post # 6
983 posts
Busy bee

I’d go with Coctail Reception to follow…it’s that simple. Google it…

THere are sites with good examples.





Post # 7
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ve most commonly seen this phrased as heavy hor d’oeuvres.

Post # 8
3267 posts
Sugar bee

@orangeroses29:  The other way is by not having it over a meal time.  You cannot have it between 5-7, or you have to provide sufficent food for people to have a meal.

I had a cocktail reception, and started the ceremony at 7, with the reception immediately following at 7:30ish. 

Post # 9
669 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@andielovesj:  This.


Also, even though you’re only serving appetizers, you need to make sure you have enough that someone *could* make a meal out of it. Much much more than you would have at a cocktail hour before dinner.

Post # 10
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia


@classyashley:  100% agree with both.

If you have it at an “off” time, and state “cocktail reception to follow”, then you’ve been very clear with your guests and managed their expectations. And a bonus of having a later in the evening reception: you can have tons of yummy desserts too! At least, that’s what I would do. (I’m kind of obsessed with chocolate…) Embarassed

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