Charleston Wedding Planner – Cocktail Receptions
As a Charleston wedding planner I am often asked by brides if it would be appropriate for them to have a cocktail style reception at their wedding. It can be appropriate as long as the venue layout, menu and timing of the reception are considered.
Layout – In order to plan a cocktail style reception for your wedding the first consideration must be the layout. The venue must be able to accommodate your maximum number of guests cocktail style. It is important to note that when venues list their maximum capacity this capacity even if cocktail style does not include a dance floor, food stations or miscellaneous tables such as DJ, gifts, sign in/guest books, bars etc. It is safe to take about 30% off of the venues maximum capacity to obtain your max capacity with the additional items.
Charleston Wedding Planner – Photos of a well thought out cocktail reception
Draping provided by Charleston wedding planner Tanis Jackson of Tanis J Events
We love this layout with the food tables in the center because it enables many guests at one time to access the food rather than having long lines at stations. We also liked that this allowed the bride to add in some décor as she did not have a lot of guest tables.
It is important to note that although there were not tables and chairs for all guests, there was a seat for every one of them. Chairs were placed around the perimeter of the room, maximizing the space while offering guests a place to sit while dining.
We also provided some tables and chairs for the elderly. In an ideal world the younger guests would offer up their seats to the older guests, but this doesn’t always happen. We included a twist on the “Pick a seat sign” that is very popular right now by providing signs that stated “Pick a side, not a seat. Please save these seats for the elderly”.
Cocktail tables near the front of the venue, close to the dance floor, were also reserved for the bride and groom’s family.
Chiavarri stools provided extra seating at the cocktail tables as well as a place for guests to place their drinks while dancing.
On the venue stage – Bride and groom seating and tables and chairs for the wedding party to sit and eat or just rest.
The brides bouquet became the centerpiece for the cake table along with signs for the menu and timeline and photos of the happy couple.
Menu – When planning a menu for a cocktail style reception it is extremely important to consider that some of the guests will most likely have to stand while eating so they need food that can be eaten without having to cut it. Passed appetizers are also a great option as it’s much easier to have six servers passing out food rather than 100 guests walking around in search of food.
The Charleston wedding planner menu included:
Passed appetizers: Devilled eggs and chicken & waffle bites
Stations: Mashed potato bar, meatballs, mini pork sliders, mac and cheese egg rolls, seafood salad, andspinach dip with crostini
Desserts: Cupcakes and individual servings of cheesecakes
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