Cocktail Wedding Reception

The cocktail wedding reception style is very popular with our clients, the alternative to a traditional sit-down reception, cocktail style wedding receptions work well with small and large numbers of guests.  A cocktail gathering allows guests to mingle, enjoy a few drinks, canapes, mini-meals and engage in some good conversation and laughter, and ultimately dance the night away.

Here’s some tips when planning a cocktail wedding reception:

Tip 1. Guest Lists and Invitations

Your finalised guest list will help you and your caterer to determine how much alcohol and food you will require.  Make sure you get your replies back as soon as possible so you can start planning your menu with your caterer.

Remember to make it clear that the wedding reception will be cocktail style catering.  Guests may presume that you will be having a sit-down dinner.

Tip 2. Catering

Work with your caterer to select a variety of canapes to be passed around during the reception. Think of finger food that is easy to hold and be passed around your guests while they mingle.  Your caterer can make suggestions based on the tastes and preferences of you and your guests. Have you considered all the dietary requirements of your guests?  Ask your caterer for vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options. 

A reputable caterer will also be able to offer you special extras you could implement at your wedding.  For example, adding more substantial mini meals for your guests with bigger appetites, stationary grazing tables so guests can help themselves or late night snacks for those who are still hungry.

Tip 3. The Bar

You will want to make sure you have enough quantity and variety of drinks for all your guests. Some beverages you may consider depending on your guests’ preferences:

  • Bourbon
  • Whiskey
  • Rum
  • Tequila
  • Gin
  • Vodka
  • Red, white & sparkling wines
  • Beers/lager

A selection of mixers:

  • Apple juice
  • Orange juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Tonic water
  • Cranberry juice
  • Lemonade
  • Cola

Tip 4. Venue

Your venue selection will primarily be decided according to the number of guests you invite.  Depending on the styling of your wedding you may want some where unique, a blank canvas you can truly put your own stamp on.  This way you can use furniture and decorations to style the space.

Even though it is a cocktail style wedding reception you will still need tables and seating for at least 75% of your guests. The majority of your guests will be standing and mingling, but they won’t be on their feet all day.  Your caterer should have a list of trusted suppliers to help with furniture and decorations.

A Real Cocktail Wedding Reception

Congratulations to Erin & Michael who tied the knot on Saturday 14th July and held their cocktail style wedding reception at the East Workshops at Fremantle Prison.  Their cocktail style wedding menu included:

CANAPES
• Smoked eggplant, bruschetta, dukkha nut spice 
• Local prawn & chorizo skewers, fresh herbs & lemon (g\f)
• Crumbed three cheese mac n cheese, tomato relish
• Moroccan lamb cutlet, Greek & coriander yogurt
• Cheese burger, beef, cheese, onion, aioli, tomato relish
• Roast pork bao bun, spiced pineapple, Kim Chee
• Pumpkin, spinach, fetta tartlets
• Vegetarian Vietnamese rice roll, chilli ginger dipping sauce (g/f)

MINI MEALS
• Slow cooked beef cheeks, master stock, Paris mash, onions, jus (gf)
• Mushroom risotto (g\f)

DESERT STATION
• Petite fours Paris style
• Dark chocolate mousse, vanilla mascarpone mini cups
• Lemon curd tartlet, Italian meringue
• Belgium dark chocolate tartlet, raspberries
• Mini cups vanilla bean panna cotta, berry compote
• Mixed candy & lolly pops in glass jars
• Take away lollies bags
All set on trestle with white table cloths with urban\boho theming

dessert grazing table

Dessert grazing table

SUPPER LATE NIGHT TREATS
• Hot fries, herb salt, truffle aioli

If you have any questions at all about cocktail or alternative style catering please give us a call on 08 9209 3791, we are happy to help.