Magnificent Moments Weddings

Trends We Love | Cocktail Receptions

Cocktail tables covered in teal linens from Party Reflections created the perfect setting for a summer cocktail hour at The Mint

We here at Magnificent Moments Weddings are always on the lookout for the newest wedding trends.  We love incorporating into our events for what’s new and inspiring to our brides. So it’s easy to see why we fell in love with the newest wedding trend: cocktail reception. These laid back events are the perfect option for low key couples, who want to have fun without all the formality.

Stunning wedding reception at the Duke Mansion coordinated by Magnificent Moments Weddings

Photography by Dianne Personett Photography

What is a cocktail reception?

This simple event is just as it sounds, a wedding reception that reads more like a cocktail party.  Think heavy hors d’oeuvres, mingling, music, and fun. Since these events are far less formal than a traditional wedding reception you and your guests will have more time to talk and share in the moment with each other.

How are they different from traditional wedding receptions?

Cocktail tables covered in teal linens from Party Reflections created the perfect setting for a summer cocktail hour at The Mint

Photography by Kelly Meyers Photography


A few things about a cocktail reception stand out and are important to note

    • Cocktail hour:  Since your reception is essentially a long cocktail hour, you can forgo this formal hour.  Have guests move seamlessly from the ceremony into your reception. Have food stations open and soft music playing.
    • Seating:  Since guests are meant to mix and mingle you don’t need to assign seats.  In fact, you don’t even need a seat for every guest. Add some cocktail tables, maybe a fun lounge set, encourage guests to move around
    • Food:  Since you won’t have a formal seat for everyone to try to avoid foods that require a seat.  Think heavy hors d’oeuvres, nothing that requires a knife 🙂
    • Scheduling:  This type of reception encourages guests to talk and enjoy the party.  If you are going to do wedding formalities (first dance, father/ daughter dance, etc), group them together.  This way you only have to get everyone’s attention once 🙂

It is clear to see why these simple events are growing in popularity among brides. So if you want to enjoy your wedding without all the stress consider a cocktail reception when planning your big day.

Want more help with planning your wedding?  Check out some other trends we are currently obsessed with like statement walls, accent lighting, and textured linens.  And be sure to contact Magnificent Moments Weddings. We would love to help you plan your big day!

Happy Planning!


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