(Closed) receprion wording advice please

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m having a cocktail style reception and am including a blurb about it on an information card with the invitations. I don’t think most people will necessarily know what to expect from “cocktail style reception” alone. In my case it means that there will be food stations set up around the room which will be open throughout the reception and therefore the structure will be freer (eat, dance, mingle whenever you want to), and there will be seating of various kinds scattered around the venue but it’s not a traditional sit-down dinner. I’m also letting people know that there will be enough food for a full meal. I don’t want people to be surprised when they get there that they don’t have an assigned seat or confused about whether they have to eat all the food they might want right away. This is the normal style of reception in New Orleans where I’m getting married but almost all of my guests are from elsewhere and used to sit-down dinners so I wanted to give them a heads up.

Post # 4
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would expect very little food, and a lot of standing.  Not sure what I would expect regarding dancing. 

Post # 5
8341 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would expect finger food, no dinner, standing/bar seating I guess? not sure about dancing.

Post # 6
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Westwood:  +1.


if i had to stand a lot, i would eventually end up barefoot :p

Post # 7
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If I can piggyback on this question, would you take “cocktail style reception” as a cue to wear comfortable shoes?

Post # 8
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would expect a little food, a lot of drinks, and not enough chairs to go around.  I’d be more likely to arrive early or be one of the first ones through the door when the reception opened so I could camp out at a cocktail table with friends or my SO or whoever I went with, not so much because we HAVE to sit, but because it’s always easier to stake out your “home base” before the tables and chairs are taken, then go mingle and wander, rather than end up tired from 4 hours of standing in heels and not be able to find a chair.

Post # 9
12976 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would expect heavy hors d’ouevres, open bar, and mingling with not a lot of dancing.

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