Looking for something laid-back, yet elegant? This is a fun option for couples wanting to entertain their guests with an outside-the-box idea. Think signature cocktails, passed appetizers, lawn games, photo booth and more! This can give your guests a chance to mingle freely—no numbered tables or seating charts required. Before planning a cocktail reception, it’s important to consider your guest demographic (older guests generally prefer table seating for dining). In your invitation, let guests know the reception will be cocktail style so they can plan accordingly. Additionally, consider creating a lounge feel at your venue—comfy couches, poufs and other non-traditional seating options.
Pros: Without a table-filled venue, you can accommodate more guests; for a younger crowd, more movement and less sitting during the reception can foster a fun atmosphere.
Cons: Despite not serving a full meal, costs may actually rise due to increased alcohol consumed and a potentially higher guest count. Additionally, it can be tricky to find a time during the day to adequately feed the wedding party!