2017 has been good to us. Uber eats finally came to Calgary, Mindy Kaling is pregnant (please, please let the father be BJ Novak), and Native Tongues got a take out window (those donuts!). But most importantly, we've seen a huge pick up in cocktail/lounge style wedding receptions.
We love when non-traditional elements are incorporated into weddings, and we're big fans of making your wedding feel like 'you.' Therefore, if you're looking for a way to make your wedding feel a little more casual - a non-sit down party might be your answer!
As cocktail style is on the rise, we've gotten a lot of questions regarding lounge receptions vs. sit down receptions - so we thought we'd blog and do a bit of a throw down between the two popular styles.
FREQUENTLY (AND FANTASTICALLY AND FABULOUSLY) ASKED QUESTIONS
Will a cocktail style reception feel more informal than a sit down dinner?
Short Answer: Yes!
Long Answer: Cocktail style receptions inherently feel less formal. You mingle, you aren't assigned a seat and there is no prescribed timelines. You can still have speeches + introduce your bridal party, but we'd suggest keeping them short + sweet!
Do I need to adjust timelines if I have a cocktail style reception instead of a sit down dinner?
Short Answer: Slightly
Long Answer: We would suggest holding cocktail style receptions slightly after the dinner hour. That way your guests will be able to sneak dinner in before they come to the reception!
Is a cocktail style reception my budget's best friend?
Short Answer: It's more like Paris Hilton + Nicole Richie, they can be besties, or they can be major frenemies.
Long Answer: If you are cool with limiting passed appies and making it clear to your guests that it's a canapes + cocktails type event, then yes, a cocktail style wedding is your budget's BFF. Having said that, if you're wanting to provide lots of food (and host your wedding over the dinner hour) - cocktail style budgets can definitely creep up and become a similar cost to a sit down dinner.
Do you think one is better than the other?
Short Answer: No!
Long Answer: Each couple and wedding is different. If you think cocktail style is your jam - it's probably the right way to go. If you've imagined your wedding and already pinned a bunch of flatware choices - a sit down dinner is where you should be. Either way, you'll be surrounded by friends + fam on a beautiful day.
XO - L+S