(Closed) Reception Dinner or Hors D’oeuvres

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

I really wanted that type of reception, but when we priced everything out (figuring venue, rentals, etc.) it was just about the same price as a dinner reception.  I think there are ways you could bring costs down and still do the cocktail party… but I ended up finding a dinner venue that took away a lot of the stress, so I went that route.  

All that said – personally, I think a cocktail party is the way to go!  I think it would be SO fun!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are having heavy hor d’oeuvres and drinks for our reception.  I like that it allows people to mingle around in a party atmosphere.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

that can work very well.  make sure people know so they dont eat and expect a full meal.  its common to do them at non meal hours – reception at 1-4pm or after 8pm.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

So long as it’s not at a normal meal time and you let guests know what to expect it’s great! I like it better than a seated meal because it allows for more mingling.

The only time you run into problems is when there’s very little food (and then people drink on empty stomaches) or when a ceremony is at 6 and the reception starts at 8 (then people have to eat really early and they’re hungry).

I’d say have your ceremony at 7.30-7.45 and start your reception at 8.30 or 9.00 or do your ceremony at 1.30 or 2.00 and your reception from 3-5.

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