(Closed) Would you go to a cocktail style reception?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If it was a person I cared about enough to attend their wedding, then I would absolutely attend.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

sure, if I knew ahead of time so I can eat first then attend cocktail reception. If it was a relative or best friend, I wouldn’t miss it. And yes leave children at home, wouldnt mind.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@mrsotg:  this.

 

Assuming I would go to a “full” reception for this person, I would also go to a cocktail reception.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yes, I would go.  I go to cocktail parties all of the time and enjoy myself.  Why wouldn’t I have fun at a cocktail-style reception?

I would probably get a sitter for my kids, because they don’t do well without a fixed place that they need to sit.  An open, standing cocktail party would be overwhelming to them (they are 4 and 6). 

ETA – I don’t understand why people feel entitled to a full sit-down meal. Just make sure the appetizers are hearty and plentiful.  🙂  Heck, for most work events I attend cocktail hour, eat hor’dourves and drink and then bail when the dinner chimes sound. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would go to a cocktail reception. In fact, I had thought about having one myself! If it is done well, I think it’s a ton of fun and I prefer grazing over eating one giant entree anyway. The only reason I would consider not attending a cocktail reception would be if there’s blatantly not enough food for all (e.g. one cheese platter for 50 people or something crazy like that).

Oh, and I don’t have kids.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Why would anyone skip a wedding because the reception was less rigid than a formal reception? 

I had a cocktail reception (hell, I had a cocktail wedding), and it was wonderful. We had tons of wonderful food and the bar flowed freely and we all had a gorgeous time.

And we did not invite children under 13 (but we did provide babysitting).

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Sure! And I don’t even drink! lol  I’d order water or Coke and have a great time!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh, and I would probably get a sitter for the kids.  Unless the kids were particularly close to the couple, and even then, I would lean toward a sitter.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Absolutely.  My cousin is having a cocktail reception 8 hours away and I wouldn’t miss it

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Cocktail hour food is my favorite food, so yes, I would go (I would go either way if it was someone I cared about)!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

And here I thought we went to weddings for the wedding.  O.o

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I understand the dilemma. My family is super traditional, and my mom, in particular, was having a hard time at first with the cocktail party wedding, until she saw our wording on the website:

We are planning a small wedding: a cocktail party, where we will say our vows and celebrate our families and friends. 

We understand that many elements of our wedding are unconventional: it’s on a Sunday rather than a Saturday, it’s a cocktail party rather than a traditional reception, etc. We are unconventional people. 

We want this important day in our lives to be meaningful and enjoyable for us. We hope it will be for you as well.

Once she and other saw that, they got what we were doing and understood.

Good luck!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@oneovakind:  Just make sure to have a bunch of tallboy cocktail tables around, set the seats closer to the edges and you’ll be fine.  Its sounds like it would be a fun time and frankly I would appreciate it more than a formal (boring) reception. But that’s just me. 

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