Post # 1
My Fiance and I are trying to keep costs down, we’re still in the way early stages of planning. I’m beginning to feel a bit behind actually.
We were discussing whether to do one big rehearsal dinner for family and the wedding party. For the reception just doing Hors D’oeuvres and drinks, making more of a party atmosphere (which is what we’re going for).
What are your thoughts on this?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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.
Post # 7
It would be heavy Hors D’oeuvres, I’m more inclined to have that vs. a sit down. I think our family and friends would enjoy being able to walk around and mingle.