Pros and Cons of each? Can't decide which is better? Worried Cocktail Reception will run out of food since small portion sizes but it's $2-$5 cheaper depending on type of cocktail reception we choose
Neither of us wanted the formality of a sit down dinner (hooray for no seating chart to do!). We are having lots of hors d'oeuvres and then two "action stations" where chefs will be live preparing food - one is a pasta bar and the other we're thinking Jamaican jerk chicken or tacos. We also have three types of desserts served later like the hors d'oeuvres - mini creme brulees, marscapone cheesecake and likely something chocolate.
We will have a lot of bar-top tables but also sit down tables in a separate area as well. Our venue also has a couple lounge areas with couches located in corners of the room (not out in hallway or in an anti-social space).
My friend went to a cocktail wedding an said her feet were killing her by the end and she was tired by 9 lol... She said it was weird and kinda sucked not having a place to sit! just something to consider.
For me it would depend on the start time of the ceremony. If you're having a later start time, say 6:30 p.m., then it would be fun to do a cocktail reception since it's more of an evening affair and people can have something to eat before they come. If you're getting started earlier, I would offer a meal since people will be there for longer. I think a cocktail reception has a very fun and social vibe since you don't really have to be seated for a full meal.