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Wedding Meal Option – Pt.3 – Cocktail Only Reception

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Finishing up our segment on the best wedding meal options for your reception event, we come to our final selection for discussion, the Cocktail Only Reception. Not to be confused with the mini cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception where limited, bite sized appetizers are served, the cocktail only reception we speak of is one that generally provides a selection of heavier hor d’oeuvres and a variety food stations.

If you choose to have a cocktail reception during prime meal hours (lunch or dinner), make sure you follow the suggestions of your caterer about quantities and filling choices for the time of your event. When serving a cocktail only reception during prime meal times, guests will come expecting enough food to fill them like a meal so make sure you have a good selection of favorites and enough to keep them happy.  When choosing this type of meal selection make sure your chosen caterer is aware of what you want and that they can make it happen before signing the contract.

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The cocktail only reception can cost about the same as a plated dinner service or may even be a bit pricier  but it allows for more flexibility during your reception, which for some couples is quite appealing. They don’t want the stuffiness that goes with sit down dinners or buffets and want the guests to have a variety of foods provided to them whenever they are ready to eat. Guests can dance, mingle, sit where they want and can move about, all while getting a chance to eat and eat some more after dancing and celebrating.  Yes, like all options where food is catered, you still need to provide an accurate guest count, but you don’t have to worry with specific meal selections or place cards for all of your invited guests.

Wedding Reception Meal Options, Cocktail Only Reception,  Passed Hors d'oeuvres, Missouri City Wedding Planner, Missouri City Wedding Coordinator, Alpha Prosperity Events

I hope you found our series on meal options for your wedding reception helpful. You now have some great starting information to help you to make key decisions about which meal option works best for you. Please be sure to discuss all of the options with your professional caterer, because ultimately they will know best about service and food options that will make your wedding reception a joy for you and the wonderful talk of all of your guests.

If you decide that you really don’t want to tackle these or any of the other wedding planning or coordination details alone, give us a call.  We are happy to assist you with details such as these or any other planning details that you are necessary for your wedding event. No detail is too big or too small. Remember, a stress free planning and celebration experience is what we are all about. Allow us to make that happen for you. Call us today.

Happy Planning!

 

 

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