(Closed) What's wrong with cocktail receptions?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
3134 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think they’re totally  fine, as long as the timing is appropriate (ex. not over dinnertime).  I think they would be good for a mid-afternoon reception or a later reception (starting at 7 pm for example).

Post # 4
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@TakeTwo: Many traditional southern American weddings feature light hors d’oeuvres in lieu of a full meal. It’s not that uncommon around here. I don’t think they’re “bad” at all. If you wanted to go lighter, don’t have the reception around meal time. If you want heavy hors d’oeuvres, have it at dinner! I think with the creation of places light fondue restaurants and tapas bars, a cocktail reception is completely acceptable! 

Post # 5
1364 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I actually think its totally fine, even around dinner time. As long as there’s plenty of food, maybe a combination of stations and heavy on the passed apps, I think it’s great. I would just make sure everyone has a place to sit and eat so everyone feels comfortable. It would be more of a mingling, talking, fun atmosphere as opposed to a very formal sit down dinner.

Post # 6
2274 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


Post # 7
13942 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Food stations that are set up like  a buffet can be  fine anytime.  Light appetizers or passed trays only are not really appropriate at a time when guests would ordinarily expect a meal IMO.

Post # 8
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Nothing in my book.

We’re doing late afternoon cocktails with passed hors d’oeuvre and 5 differrent food stations.  

Since we’re both a bit older (and this FI’s 2nd marriage) we thought it suited us better than the traditional evening wedding.  

Post # 9
1974 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

@TakeTwo:  I have no problem with cocktail receptions as long as their is enough food I’m more than happy. I actually prefer it:))))))

Post # 10
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think the only problem is that people think they are cheaper, but they’re actually (often) not cheaper. So you end up paying the same or more for a sit down meal but you know there are those certain people who will look down their nose at it.

Post # 11
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I love cocktail receptions! I think that they can be very nice if the timing is right and there is enough food passed around 🙂

Post # 13
92 posts
Worker bee

I think it’s great. I would much rather get schwasted for free than eat some crappy food

Post # 14
3154 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think they are a great idea!

Post # 15
2336 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’d add to have sufficient seating!  Cocktail hour often has no seating so I fear a cocktail reception wouldn’t either.

Post # 16
6263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

As long as there are enough seats, nothing is wrong with them.

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