Post # 1
So Fi and I are still debating what “type” of wedding we want to have.
I have a question and it’s really more out of curiousity than anything.
If you’re having a “cocktail” reception, as in NOT a plated meal, just appetizer style foods, how would you word that on an invitation to make it clear that there will not be a dinner period of the night? That people are free to grab at whatever little snack would make them happy.
I’ve never been to a wedding like this so I don’t know the proper protocol. All the weddings I have been to, the invitation said “Reception and dinner to follow”, or something of that effect.
I’m not sure if this is something we plan to do (we are still discussing a destination wedding), but if we do I want people to know that a full meal won’t be provided so they should eat beforehand.
Post # 3
I would either say “cocktail style reception to follow” or “cocktails and light hor’ duerves to follow”
Post # 4
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
Cocktail reception to follow.
Post # 6
I’d go with Coctail Reception to follow…it’s that simple. Google it…
THere are sites with good examples.
Post # 7
I’ve most commonly seen this phrased as heavy hor d’oeuvres.
Post # 8
@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
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
- 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…)