(Closed) Wording for “Cocktails”??

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Are you trying to figure out how to word what is included, or what guests would have to pay for?

“Cocktails” definitely means mixed drinks (with liquor or spirits).

Post # 5
Member
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Join us for great food and better wine and beer!

Could you just omit the hard liquor from the bar all together, so guests don’t need to pull out their wallets?

Post # 6
Member
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just say “Beer, wine, and appetizers to follow” on the reception card.  Cocktails does imply that there will be hosted liquor.  You can spread via word of mout that there will be a full bar available for those who choose to purchase beverages that are not hosted.

Post # 7
Member
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I liked mine:

“Join us for dinner, drinks and dancing”

Post # 8
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I think you could list it as “hors d’oeurves, beer, and wine.” Then you could have a sign placed on the bar listing what is hosted and maybe some prices for what’s not.

Post # 9
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@PinkMagnolia:  I love that too — I think we used similar wording, but we had an open bar. Did you have an open bar? I feel like “drinks” is so general that as a guest, I wouldn’t interpret it as beer and wine only.

Post # 10
Member
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

On the invitation, I’d make no mention of the alcohol situation and just put “join us for heavy hors d’ oeuvres following the ceremony” or just “heavy hors d’oeuvres to follow”.  Let it spread by word of mouth that beer and wine are included, and there is a cash bar for mixed drinks. 

“Cocktails” definitely implies that mixed drinks are included, so I’d stay away from that wording.

Post # 12
Member
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had an open bar, but as a guest I would think as long as there’s wine and beer there, it would qualify  as “drinks”.

Post # 13
Member
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Maybe just write “reception to follow.”

I wouldn’t put just hors d’oeuvres and dancing because that sounds like a dry wedding.

Post # 15
Member
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are simply stating “Light refreshments to follow”.

Post # 16
Member
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hors d’oeurves reception to me implies light appetizers and drinks. I’ve never been to one, but I might wonder if there’s going to be dancing?

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