Jan. 24, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Expert Tip: 2012 Wedding Trends: Cocktail Wedding Receptions


Unique, modern and budget friendly…..Wedding Reception Trends for 2012

Always dreamed of an exquisite wedding reception, full of glamour and extravagance, but realize your budget can’t quite handle it? You’re in luck! One of the big trends when it comes to wedding receptions in 2012 is a cocktail reception instead of a sit down dinner.

Cocktail Reception
Photo from Christina Gapic Photography

A cocktail reception can be just as extravagant as a dinner, but doesn’t have the price tag to match! By focusing on gorgeous linens, elegant glassware and dishware, and serving hors d’oeuvres instead of a plated meal, you can create an exquisite reception at an affordable price.

Here are 4 tips to create your own unique cocktail reception without breaking the bank:

Wedding Linens

  1. Add Drama & Texture with Bold Linens
    If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on décor, choose colourful linens to make a statement instead of spending on large bouquets of flowers. Linen rentals can often be cheaper than fresh flowers. Use white linens as your base (often the most inexpensive) and then spread table runners over the top to perfect your colour scheme. For added effect, have the coloured linens run down to the floor. This plays double duty as décor, minimizing your décor expense.

    When you’re doing a cocktail reception, you’ll still have to have places for people to sit so you can't cut that expense entirely, but you can experiment with different sizes of tables and less tables overall to help manage your budget.

  2. Serve Hors d’oeuvres instead of a Sit Down Meal
    Serving hors d’oeuvres instead of a sit down meal is a great complement to a cocktail reception and can be a budget friendly way to have a glamorous wedding reception because you can still focus on amazing food, just in bite sized portions! A good caterer can offer a number of appetizer options instead of a 5-course dinner and appetizers can be just a filling.

    If you opt for an appetizer reception, consider adding to the glam by serving the delicate hors d’oeuvres on small individual dishware pieces – it will catch the eye of your friends and family and add a unique touch.

    For more budget friendly options, you can also serve hors d'oeuvres on modern shaped large porcelain or silver platters to save on individual dishware costs and serve pasta dishes in cosmopolitan martini glasses as they can be less expensive than small bowls.

  3. Wedding Glasses

  4. Select Universal Glassware
    Using one wine glass for both red and white wine instead of one for each can help you manage your glassware costs. After all, if it’s an open bar, people will likely go through many glasses so going basic here can be a smart and budget friendly decision.

    If you do want to add an extravagant touch, consider using Champagne Sherbet glasses instead of champagne flutes for a special champagne toast. Because you’ll use a set number of these, you can set your budget and forget it.

  5. Wedding Chargers

  6. Minimize Dessert
    Many times, couples go all out on desserts, having candy tables, cheeses and more in addition to the wedding cake! Save yourself some money and serve your personalized wedding cake as the main dessert. With this option, you could finish off your elegant cocktail reception with stunning flatwear. This adds a luxurious look without an extravagant expense.

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