Try a Cocktail Wedding for Your Wedding Day

If you are looking for an elegant, classy, chic, yet affordable wedding, cocktail wedding reception is the right option for you. Unfortunately, we live in tough economic times where many young couples can’t afford to organize a wedding of their dreams. If you want to throw a beautiful wedding at an affordable price, you should definitely consider holding a cocktail reception. Learn how this type of reception can cut down your expenses.

Cost Effectiveness

A major benefit of cocktail receptions is cost-effectiveness. This type of weddings are much cheaper than traditional ones for several reasons such as less food, less tables and chairs, less decoration, and smaller locations. All the mentioned things can significantly affect the price of the entire event.


Since you are organizing a cocktail event, you will not need a full course meal as at traditional wedding receptions. Basically, all you need is a variety of stronger appetizers and lots and lots of drinks. You don’t have to have a cake. Wedding themed muffins will be sufficient or even more than enough. This type of event also doesn’t last long and doesn’t require a lot of sitting. People should rather enjoy each other by talking and dancing. Due to the nature of the event, you won’t require much chairs and tables. It is even possible to completely eliminate tables and chairs from the reception. Of course, this is only recommendable if you haven’t invited older people or small children. In case some guests are children, you should ensure you also have non-alcoholic drinks available.

Since cocktail wedding are rather minimal, you will need much less floral decoration than at traditional weddings. There won’t be any need to rent astonishing floral centerpieces, linens, silverware and cutlery. Since you won’t have a lot of sitting tables, you also won’t have to buy place cards and table decorations. The only downfall of cocktail wedding receptions is that they are not meant for a large number of guests. So, if you planned to throw a small wedding from the very start, this option is perfect for you.


If you want to accentuate the social atmosphere at your wedding, all smiles wedding venues are perfect for you. These events exclude the usage of tables and chairs, therefore people are encouraged to move, dance and talk to others. Instead of traditional wedding reception activities, except for bouquet tossing, you can come up with a lot of other elegant yet fun activities that everyone can enjoy.

Timing and Location

Cocktail weddings are carefully planned from start to the end. The event should be held between 4pm to 7pm Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres should take less time than a full traditional reception, not more than two or three hours. Since all your activities are carefully planned, no one will be bored. Another benefit is that weddings of these types don’t necessarily have to be held at a restaurant. You can opt for a terrace, a city rooftop, an art gallery or by the pool. If you have a big yard, you can also organize the event at your home.

If you are interested in throwing a cocktail wedding, check all smiles wedding venue prices here.