Thursday, September 24, 2009

Recessionista Brydes Money Saving Tip # 3 - Have A Cocktail Reception

If your wedding budget does not allow for you to have a traditional reception with a sit down dinner, why not opt for something more savvy and practical such as a cocktail reception.  Cocktail receptions differ from traditional receptions tremendously, however, they are still super chic and your guests will love the uniqueness of your special event.  It is extremely important to notify guests with children that your cocktail reception is for adults only, so that they are able to make the necessary arrangements.  Many of our clients state at the bottom of their invitations "Regrettably No Children."
Cocktail receptions promotes mingling, unlike a traditional reception where the guests are provided assigned seating and usually interact with other guests during the dancing portion of the reception.
By securing high cocktail tables and adorning them with fancy linens and practical centerpieces, you will save substantially.  Your cocktail reception can provide a lounge-type atmosphere due to the fact that you are able to secure an intimate venue and rent fewer tables and chairs.  Your DJ can spin your favorite tunes, while your guests enjoy dancing, nibbling and mingling.

You can have your cake and eat it too, as well as a signature sugar rush station available for guests to pick up goodies at their leisure.  Candy and dessert buffets are created to leave a lasting impression that will be forever remembered by your guests.  The ultimate favor or additional dessert that will send your guests soaring into sweet tooth heaven.
Generally, cocktail wedding receptions begin as early as 4PM but no later than 6PM. Hors d’oeuvres are passed by tray, served buffet-style, or some combination of both.  Typically, the cocktail reception concludes by 7:30PM, and the cost depends primarily on the selection of alcoholic beverages and Hors d’oeuvres served, but generally ranges between $20 to $45 a person.

Have a swanky time!

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