Wedding Questions

cocktail reception vs sitdown/buffet dinner

Posted in Edmonton, AB, Canada
Emptyprofileicon Allan Pomeroy Edmonton, AB, Canada

something my fiance and I have been discussing over the last couple of days is whether to do a nice cocktail reception with speeches and other events mixed into it or a full sit down - probably buffet - dinner with a shceduled time for all of the speeches and everything.

we figure that there won't be too much difference in price to be honest, but personally i'm not much of a partier so the cocktail reception appeals to me because they tend to be at least a little bit shorter.

cocktail receptions also seem to be a bit more active for the guests as well as less formal and less traditional which are things my fiance and I really like about the idea.

anyways, if anyone has any advice on the situation we are all ears.

6 Replies

150926 Jodi Lindal Edmonton, AB, Canada

we did cockatail reception and we are both super happy we did it. Our guests were able to get to know eachother and socialize. A bunch even went out dancing afterward!!! We headed to our hotel, of course!


109738 Gurmeet Kapur

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197915 Erin Montgomery

I love cocktail receptions. It gives the guest a chance to mingle and socialize more than a sit down dinner. But they both have their benefits. If you are not much of a partier than I would go with a cocktail reception with a live band. If I could be any assistance to you, please feel free to contact myself at [email protected] You may visit my website as well at

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215884 Tamara Lowe Edmonton, AB, Canada

We are having a cocktail reception, I don't anticipate it being any shorter however than the more traditional "sit down". We are having an evening ceremony at our venue and the reception will begin immediatley after with a champagne toast, some light snacks and some great entertainment for us to enjoy with our guests. Our reason for choosing this style was to keep it informal and have the guests mix and mingle. Whatever you decide it is your day - make it what you two want and enjoy - that's what we're hoping for!!!


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