Wedding Cocktails

Does even the thought of the traditional reception make your collar start to tighten? Not all that excited about sitting at the bridal party table apart from all your guests? Skip the stress of picking out the menu and wine pairings, bypass any seating chart fiascoes, and avoid excessive formality by opting for a cocktail reception.

Cocktail receptions are a fresh, modern approach to the age-old dilemma of planning your post-ceremony festivities. They create a relaxed atmosphere where mingling rather than table hopping is the order of the day.

If your first thought is “Cocktails only…what about dinner?”, remember that the cocktail reception moniker does not mean food will be spared. In fact, these soirees can be more elaborate and decadent than seated dinners. Smaller portions and diverse offerings assure that there will be something to appeal to every guest. A flexible time schedule that allows for more a la minute plating of food produces a dynamic dining experience. It is the perfect time to showcase several tasting stations such as raw bars, caviar stations, and the new wedding classic - grilled pizzas. Be creative and playful with the food to provide a unique experience and throw in a cigar rolling station for the fun of it. Your guests will be up and mingling in no time.

Presentation is paramount, so choose artful, stylized foods that intrigue and excite. Consider gorgeous appetizers carried atop dazzling trays or a tapas station or a wonderfully selected artisan cheese board as classy takes on the old-fashioned buffet. Think of it as a floating dinner, offering guests a variety of food and drink options throughout the evening.

Since you are already doing something on the cutting edge, take it one step further. Evoke Caribbean flare by having a steel drum band (they were invented in Trinidad after all) along with rum tastings. Create a Spanish fiesta where guests can enjoy samples at a cava/Rioja bar, taste the quintessential finger food at elaborate Tapas stations, and be entertained by a Spanish musical star like Luthea Salom.

Cocktail receptions insure a vibrant social atmosphere where eating, drinking, and dancing are encouraged. Take advantage of the set-up and facilitate mingling by strategically limiting the number of tables and chairs for the guests. Provide lots of high-top tables for grazing or for a comfortable place to rest a drink. Distributing bars and food stations throughout the reception space facilitates an easy flow for guests.

So kick back, loosen your collar, and have a drink! Cheers!

And now for your listening pleasure…..
Go to the Luthea Salom site even if you aren’t planning a fiesta!


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