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

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you rather be invited to a Cocktail Reception or a Traditional Reception?

    Cocktail Reception - its more fun!

    Traditional Reception - I think Cocktail Receptions are tacky

    I'm happy with either

    Purple Monkey Dishwasher!

  • Post # 32
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I would still do to any wedding/recpetion to which I was invited. However, if I could choose, it would be one with a full meal (doesn’t matter if it is brunch or lunch or dinner). One where I don’t have to go all “hunter/gatherer” to find food and chase after trays is always good. 

    HOWEVER, I understand that not everyone can do a sit down dinner within their bugdet. That being said, a really good idea is to ask everyone to, in lue of presents, pay for their meal so that you may celebrate with them. I do not find this tacky as long as it is done nicely. 

     

    I hope that all made sense. I have had at least 3 glasses of red tonight and am very happy. 😀

    Post # 33
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Either would make me happy, so long as:

    1) If its during a meal time I get enough to fill me up (so heavy apps would work here, so long as they were REALLY numerous)

    2) There is some place to sit down and put my stuff.  Even if there aren’t enough seats/tables for every guest to sit down at once, sometimes people need to put their purse/plate down, get off their uncomfortable heels, etc.

    3) If its cocktail, during a meal time, and you’re not sure you have enough heavy apps for all, just make sure that “cocktail reception” ends up on the invitation somewhere.  That way cranky-when-hungry guests get a clue-in to make other meal plans for before/after the event.

    Post # 34
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I just want to know what a purple monkey dishwasher looks like Laughing

    Post # 35
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We are having a cocktail reception (and have indicated this on our invites). However we are having food throughout and a late night snack (poutine, maybe pizza even!) and an open bar with DJ etc…so basically all the things we would find at a traditional reception, minus the lengthy sit down meal.

    Post # 36
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    So I voted either or…lol.

    Post # 37
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Ours is a cocktail reception with a Dj and will be lots of dancing! For the amount of guests we wanted it saved us over $5k to have a 1:00 wedding rather than in the evening and serve appetizers and finger foods and a pasta instead of a sit down dinner and open bar (ours is beer.wine signature cocktail and cash bar for other alcohol). I never EVER thought of my our choice being “tacky” until this thread and now I am kind of disappointed. People have their wedding based on what they afford and I hate that it is so difficult to have a wedding these days without SOMEONE thinking SOMETHING is rude or tacky or just judging everything. It’s tiring really. I would NEVER justdge someone else’s wedding and I hope nobody does mine!

    Post # 38
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I voted for a traditional reception, but, like many others have stated, it’s not because I think a cocktail reception is tacky.  It doesn’t even have to be dinner reception per se … I just like the idea of having some type of meal (full brunch or dinner), drinks, and dancing.  Unfortunately, I know this is the more expensive option, but I think it’s nice to have the extra time with everyone.  I feel that a cocktail reception might end earlier, as people may start getting hungry for a full meal and go elsewhere.

    Post # 39
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’d rather be invited to the purple monkey dishwasher reception. But my second choice is traditional.

    Post # 41
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My choice would be whichever takes the least amount of time.  🙂

     

    Post # 42
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I prefer traditional, for a couple reasons. I don’t think it’s tacky, but logistically I just don’t think it works as well or is as comfortable for guests. first, it’s really awkward to hold a plate and eat and drink all at the same time, so you need to have enough little high top tables to make that less awkward. second, if I’m wearing heels I will need to sit down at some point, and there are usually not enough chairs, because however many there are, older people will need them. third, in my experience there often is not enough food.

    Post # 43
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I prefer traditional, for a couple reasons. I don’t think it’s tacky, but logistically I just don’t think it works as well or is as comfortable for guests. first, it’s really awkward to hold a plate and eat and drink all at the same time, so you need to have enough little high top tables to make that less awkward. second, if I’m wearing heels I will need to sit down at some point, and there are usually not enough chairs, because however many there are, older people will need them. third, in my experience there often is not enough food.

    Post # 44
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I hadn’t heard of a cocktail reception until a few years ago, when one of my college girlfriends was getting married and was having a cocktail reception.  I really love to eat and celebrate, and I wasn’t sure if cocktail reception meant less food.

    It was done well though – there was plenty of food, including a nice prime rib carving station.  There was no assigned seating and plenty of regular (not cocktail) tables, no cake, no bouquet toss, etc, but plenty of food, drinks, and dancing – all of the best things!

    It was a total blast.

    Post # 45
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I voted for traditional, but I don’t think cocktail receptions are tacky. I just think that I would be more guaranteed to get a full meal that way, especially since I end up eating way too many carbs with finger foods

    Post # 46
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    @LilliePad:  That is EXACTLY what we are doing!!! YAY!!!

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