(Closed) tips for a cocktail reception

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3688 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I assume with cocktail reception, you’re intending to serve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres? Make sure you check with your caterer how many hors d’oeuvres they allocate per person. Some brides think that when you pay, let’s say the listed price of $3 per person for a particular hors d’oeuvre, that that means that you get unlimited pieces — however many can be eaten by that many guests. At my venue, that means 1.5 pieces per person that you pay for. It’s also good to ask if they put everything out at once or if the food is staggered — my parents were at an hors d’oeuvres wedding last month and the food completely ran out because there just wasn’t enough to go around.

Post # 4
2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We had a mid-day cocktail reception.  Keep it short and simple.  We left out most of the traditional bells and whistles, but kept the first dance and cake cutting.  Beyond that, we enjoyed our time mingling with guests, grooving to the music and eating!  

Post # 6
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t have any advice, but I just wanted to say sounds like lots of fun! I’ve always wanted to go to a cocktail reception! I thought about hosting one myself, but it didn’t work out. 


I love the idea of passed appetizers and food stations, it makes it more fun and interactive. I would also just make sure there’s lots if variety, as in not all meat or all vegetarian or all seafood.. Make sure there’s lots for everyone and it’ll be a blast!

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