(Closed) Would you rather be invited to a Cocktail Reception or a Traditional Reception?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you rather be invited to a Cocktail Reception or a Traditional Reception?
    Cocktail Reception - its more fun! : (46 votes)
    21 %
    Traditional Reception - I think Cocktail Receptions are tacky : (68 votes)
    32 %
    I'm happy with either : (93 votes)
    43 %
    Purple Monkey Dishwasher! : (7 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    1830 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I’d be happy with either type of reception, I would go to any type really, breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktail, or dinner in any type of settting.

    Post # 4
    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    for me, it would honestly depend whose wedding it is. Friend, a good friend? Dinner! I want to spend more time with everybody, and if there’s a dance that’s even better! Family, work colleague or acquaintence/friend of a friend? Cocktail! Get in, have a drink, and get out! lol

    Post # 5
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Either. As long as it has drinks and dancing I’m happy!

    Post # 6
    4375 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I voted for Traditional – but I don’t think Cocktail Receptions are tacky. I just love to dance!

    Post # 7
    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Really? I’m the only one that voted for purple monkey dishwasher? As long as there is lots of dancing and drinks either reception would be perfect!

    Post # 8
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted for traditional as well, but not because I think cocktail receptions are tacky at all!  I think it really depends more on the time of day than anything else… if the wedding events span a typical meal time, then I expect a meal to be served.  If the wedding starts at 8pm then I don’t expect a full meal and would be perfectly content with drinks & appetizers.

    Post # 9
    839 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I personally like receptions with a buffet (or heavy apps) without a seating chart. That way it isn’t just finger foods (you get enough to eat!), but you still get to mingle and dance. It’s the best of both!

    Post # 10
    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I voted cocktail because I love the idea of them but I will go to any party you invite me to Wink

    Post # 11
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    As long as it’s during the proper time of day, I am happy with either.  Cake and punch would be fine as well.  I don’t expect every couple to have an all-out, no expense spared wedding reception.  It’s nice when they can afford it but really it’s about sharing their special day.  The only complaint I would have about a cocktail reception would be if it overlaps a traditional meal time (i.e. lunch or dinner) because then I would expect a full meal unless a cocktail reception is specifically mentioned in the invitation so I know to eat lunch or dinner before or after the reception.

    Post # 12
    8422 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would rather go to a traditional reception but I would be ok with either….. but my first choice would be traditional.

    Post # 13
    2715 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think I’d prefer traditional, but I don’t think cocktail style is tacky at all.  I could definitely be happy with cocktail, but it’s really going to depend on the time of the reception.  For example, if the reception occurs during a meal time, then it should be more traditional with a sit down meal, not cocktail.

    Also, I like to have a home base – a place where I can put my coat, purse, camera, drink, etc. and not have to worry about it.  I would worry about not having that with a cocktail recepetion.

    Post # 14
    989 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Either one is fine, as long as you give guests proper notice if you’re throwing a cocktail reception.  I attended a cocktail reception this past July.  The bride had been talking up the food at this restaurant for months so I was excited to go.  But they failed to note on the invitations that it was a cocktail reception.  The reception was held during the dinner hour so guests arrived hungry and were confused when it became clear that no meal would be served.  Normally this would be fine because there tends to be a lot of food at cocktail receptions anyway, but the heaviest of the hors d’ouervres were brought out late (like, halfway through the reception).  By that time, many guests had too much alcohol and not enough food in their stomachs.  With it being the hottest day of the year, you can imagine what happened next.

    We stayed until the end because Darling Husband was a groomsman, but we made a mad dash to IHOP as soon as we could!

    Post # 15
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’d prefer a cocktail reception, assuming there is enough food.

    Post # 16
    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’d be happy with either one!

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