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The 5 Essentials to the Perfect Cocktail Reception

Mar 24 2014 - 4:04am

Depending on your wedding [1] and location, cocktail receptions can be a great way to transition from the ceremony to the main soiree. While they don't have to be fancy, they should contain the five essentials. Without a signature drink (of course) or a floral touch, your wedding's happy hour could fall flat. Best part? The ideas below can be adapted to any season or budget. Cheers!

Sources: Adriana Klas [2] via Style Me Pretty [3], Colette Kulig Photography [4] via Style Me Pretty [5], and Mel Barlow [6] via Style Me Pretty [7]

Simple Florals

Because cocktail hour isn't very long and flowers are expensive, keep them simple. This could be just the time you DIY your own arrangements [8] or choose a minimal look by adding a few buds to a vase.

Source: Colette Kulig Photography [9] via Style Me Pretty [10]

A Signature Drink

While it's not crucial, a signature drink is a fun touch and often a conversation starter. Consider serving these wedding cocktails [11] or maybe your favorite drink as a couple!

Source: Mel Barlow [12] via Style Me Pretty [13]

Table Linens

Linens are an easy way for your cocktail hour to feel decorated without splurging on the details (save those for the reception!). We love the idea of cinching a tablecloth with a bow.

Source: Adriana Klas [14] via Style Me Pretty [15]

Alternative Seating

Depending on your location, have fun with the seating. Instead of solely using cocktail tables, incorporate a few lower tables and use benches instead of chairs.

Source: Desi Baytan Photography [16] via Style Me Pretty [17]

Small Bites

Small bites at any cocktail party are a must — especially following the ceremony! No need to go all out, but do serve foods that are easy to eat, like small sandwiches. Also, try to pick appetizers that align with the overall vibe of your wedding [18].

Source: Michele M. Waite Photography [19] via Green Wedding Shoes [20]

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