Cocktail Wedding Reception

December 15, 2015 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Celebrate your shiny brand-new newlywed status with a cocktail wedding reception, an alternative to formal receptions and one of the newest trends in wedding receptions. Casual and intimate, a cocktail wedding reception invites guests to mix and mingle with drinks and small bites on one of the happiest days of your life. Cocktail wedding receptions often last a short time and feature a full or partial bar, multiple appetizer selections and entertainment such as a DJ, singer or instrumentalists. Popular with couples on a budget or second-time around wedding couples desiring to share a festive social with friends and family. Cocktail wedding receptions also appeal to foodies craving multiple creative culinary delights on their reception menu. Read on cocktail wedding reception ideas.

Invitations and Guests List

Inform your guests from the very beginning by stating the type of wedding reception you intend to throw, in this instance a cocktail-style reception on your wedding invitations. By sharing this information in advance on your invites will prove helpful for your guests in knowing what to expect. The size of your guest list will be crucial in determining the amount of drinks and food to serve at your reception.

Selecting a Venue

Choosing a venue for your cocktail wedding reception largely depends on your personal preferences. Choices range from hotels and restaurants that are usually already equipped for happy hour-style events to unusual settings such as art galleries and botanical gardens, equally adept at hosting wedding cocktail receptions.

Cocktail Suggestions

Provide your guests with a variety of libations at your cocktail wedding reception. Offer a bar with traditional alcoholic beverage offerings such as whiskey, vodka, rum, tequila, beer and gin as well as a selection of mixers including orange juice, tonic water and cranberry juice. Include a variety of regular and diet soft drinks. Offer red and white wine and serve champagne for your toast.

Entertainment Ideas

Entertain your wedding with music at your cocktail wedding reception. Hire a classical guitarist or a Capella group to sing at your reception. Ask your venue if they provide entertainment or have a DJ on staff. Cocktail hour wedding receptions do not have to be about drinking and eating: consider offering opportunities for dancing. Check to see if your venue has a dance floor and recommendations for a band.

Appetizers and Small Plates

Present several selections of appetizers and small plates, sometimes referred to as finger foods. Your budget will decide the type and quantity to be served. Make them yourself or consult with your caterer or venue for suggestions. Popular appetizers include stuffed mushrooms, mini crab cakes and fruit skewers.

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