(Closed) Wedding cocktail hour instead of reception?! Ideas!?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you enjoy going to a cocktail reception??
    Yes, I think its a fun idea. : (36 votes)
    92 %
    No, it sounds boring. : (3 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I would say this is totally acceptable, as I have been to many after celebration cocktail hours – including a dessert cocktail hour. I certainly wouldn’t mind going to something like this, and I think you could get very crafty with the different types of appetizers served!

    Post # 4
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    This is a wonderful idea. Just make sure you are clear with your guests that there will not be a meal. On your invitation, for example, say “cocktail reception to follow” or something like that.

    Post # 7
    2959 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We are having an early evening wedding with “light refreshments” (appetizers), cake, punch and coffee afterwards. That’s it!

    Post # 9
    9549 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think it’s a great idea!!! I love cocktail receptions. Appetizers are usually the best part! And it has a nice social feel. I say go for it!

    Post # 11
    5371 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada β™₯ EDD- April 2016

    I would love to go to this type of wedding and we’re actually doing an afternoon cocktail hour type thing instead of a reception with a sit-down meal for the same reasons as you listed, OP (: We’re calling it a ‘champagne and cake reception’ since we’re only serving champagne based drinks (: I say go for it!

    Post # 12
    46 posts

    I would love to go to this kind of reception too, I don’t like dancing and not that much into alcohol so I would be all over the appetizers/desserts and enjoying a good conversation!

    @trueblue14: and @sugarpea:  I am also considering something like that since I really wanted my wedding to be right on our anniversary and it’s a tuesday, maybe it’s for the best since neither my love and I are the party type, I might start stalking you girls for ideas lol

    Post # 13
    382 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    we are having a cocktail reception. my cousin had one a few years ago and it was so much fun we knew we wanted one ourselves! i loved it for two reasons –

    one, we actually met and had real conversations with almost all of her friends. so often at weddings you’re grouped at tables with the people you already know… especially annoying at family weddings when there’s so many fun people to talk to and I’m sitting there with my mum & dad who I see all the time!

    two, everyone got to eat the food they liked! she just had waiters with lots of delicious canapes and finger foods, and people loved it. i think the key is to have lots of variety in your food. our reception is at a tapas bar and we’ve made it clear we want everything on the menu, and lots of it! that means the hungry people can eat all the meat and carbs they like, and people who don’t want as much just graze throughout the night.

    its much easier to get people dancing at a cocktail reception too – they’re already standing!

    oh, and we’re having a seating area away from the music for when the oldies have had enough! this worked well at my cousin’s wedding.


    Post # 15
    363 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Roxykitten:  I think the idea can be really fun and some of the food options are amazing and you get more variety than a seated dinner. 

    My only advice is having been to a couple of cocktail wedding receptions is to make sure there is enough pieces of each option so everyone gets to try it. And also to make sure there is enough food do people don’t leave starving. If you those two things it will be great. Good luck on your planning πŸ™‚

    Post # 16
    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We’re doing that, with just cake and champange . My Fiance hates to dance, and would probably hate to have to eat in front of everyone. Also I spill a lot, not so great for a white dress! We are planning on having light music and simply mingling with everyone. We are going to try for a sunset ceremony at about 8, and a couple hours just to talk and mingle. With 100+ people, just having one minute to talk with everyone makes about two hours. After I am married I want some alone time with my husband, and don’t want to do everything for the 4+ hour reception, and not have any more time to talk to anyone because I am trying to eat

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