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The Pros & Cons of Cocktail-Style Swansea Wedding Receptions

The Pros & Cons of Cocktail-Style Swansea Wedding Receptions

Cocktail-Style Wedding Party in Swansea, MAThere is no right or wrong way to go about planning a wedding reception in Swansea, MA. You can go traditional or create your own unique approach to this very special day. Formal or casual, classic or modern, whatever you want to do and however you want to celebrate your wedding, you can do it at our South Coast reception hall.

When some couples are on a restricted budget for wedding planning, they cut out the obvious extra costs, such as outsourcing professional social event coordinators, reducing the guest list and cutting down the size of the wedding party. One way to cut costs is to examine the menu or schedule your celebration to avoid having to serve a large planted dinner to you guests. Mid-day events or cocktail-style receptions are popular alternatives.

Examining the Costs
If protecting your budget is the number one reason why you are thinking about turning your Swansea wedding reception planning toward the idea of a cocktail-style party, you will want to consider whether or not you will really save money this way. Even if you aren’t serving a plated dinner or a buffet, you will still want to at least provide appetizers or hors d’oeuvre to your guests to make sure no one passes out from hunger. Depending on the number of guests that you are inviting and the types of apps, drinks and other refreshments that you want to have served, you may or may not actually save any money compared to plated menu options.

Choosing to host your wedding reception in Swansea, MA at the world-famous Venus de Milo, means also gaining access to our award-winning culinary team to help provide you with an unforgettable menu for your guests, whether you are providing a plated meal, buffet-style service, or a cocktail-style reception. Our on-site social event coordinators can help you examine the pros and the cons of your selection and assist you in meeting your budgetary goals.

Make Sure the Guests Know
If you are not serving a traditional sit-down dinner to your guests, make sure that they know. In fact, put this information on the invitation. Be up front about your decision to go with a cocktail-style reception at our South Coast reception hall. That way you guests will know to go eat before the ceremony or make plans to hit a restaurant after the reception is over. You can say, “cocktail reception with cake to follow” or “cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvre and cake to follow”, or whatever best suits your plans for the day. You don’t want to end up with a bunch of cranky guests with low blood sugar, or a bunch of over-indulging guests who hit the cocktail bar without having anything else in their stomach.

Think About Seating
While some people will be dancing, you will always have some guests that will want to sit during the reception. Elderly grandparents, aunts and uncles, as well as children, will almost always prefer to sit at regular sized tables and chairs. High top table options can be set up near the cocktail bar to mix up the options. Because you aren’t serving a plated meal, the table decorations can be different from at a traditional sit-down reception. You won’t need to go all out with decorating each table, placing favors, creating a seating chart, or putting out name tags. This can save you, not just in time, but also in money.

Start at an Off-Time
There’s no need to plan a reception for noon if you aren’t going to serve lunch, just as there’s no reason to host the reception around dinner time if there won’t be any dinner. A wedding at one with a reception to follow at two, along with advice to guests in the invitation to stop for lunch before or plan for dinner after, can be beneficial to everyone involved. A late night wedding reception can also be a fun way to celebrate, inviting everyone to the wedding around seven with a reception that starts at eight and goes to midnight avoids the whole dinner thing all together. Work with social event coordinators for your Swansea wedding reception planning at Venus de Milo.

Visit the World-Famous Venus de Milo
Before you get too set in your plans for a wedding reception in Swansea, MA, make sure to stop by and take a tour of our world-famous facility. Speak with our on-site social event coordinators to discuss costs and options for food service, cocktails, open bar opportunities and more. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 to set up a tour or to check on availability for your Swansea wedding reception planning needs.

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