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What Is Your Party Style? Cocktail-Style Reception.

Are you looking for a reception wedding that best fits you? Not everyone wants the traditional sit-down meal or the go-to buffet style. To help you figure out the best serving style for your celebration we are continuing our latest blog series: What is Your Party Style. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of hosting a cocktail-style wedding reception.

Cocktail-Style Reception

A lovely new wedding trend, the cocktail-style wedding reception, features hors d’oeuvres and other small bites offered all evening long in lieu of a traditional sit-down meal. The hors d’oeuvres are usually one- or two-bite portions and can be a combination of hot and cold options. The hors d’oeuvres can be passed by servers or stationary for guests to get themselves. This reception style is a good choice for couples wanting a more casual atmosphere and for their guests to really mingle and meet each other.

What you’ll love about a Cocktail-Style Reception

If your venue is small, cocktail receptions allow you to have more people as you won’t need dinner tables and chairs for every guest. Cocktail-style receptions allow both bride and groom to easily circulate throughout the room and chat with everyone. And, as you’re not serving a main entrée, your food costs could be more budget friendly.

What you’ll want to consider about a Cocktail-Style Reception

Some guests may not have attended a cocktail wedding reception and it will be important to word your invitation clearly. And, while your food costs might be lower, your guests will likely drink more than at a dinner reception, so your liquor costs have the potential to go up.

Below is an example of a cocktail style wedding reception dinner we could help you create:

Cocktail Party Sample Menu
(Pass-Around Bites)

kumamoto oyster
with grapefruit & prosecco mignonette

wild mushroom fricassee
farm cheese, chives
on sourdough toast

beef tartare
pickled mustard seeds, anchovy, caper, quail egg yolk,
on brioche toast

forty-eight hour beef short rib
red wine caramel, potato puree, spring peas, maitake mushroom


If you have an upcoming wedding to plan for, we would love to help make your day special! We understand planning the wedding meal can be a lot of work. At Blend, we create custom catering menus inspired by your vision. Give us a call today to get started on the best wedding catering menu for you!