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Suggestions for an Appetizer/Cocktail reception?
My FH and I are thinking about serving appetizers, HD's, and have an open bar at our reception. What would be some good menu choices and maybe a timeline for the ceremony/reception???

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Posted On: Jan 15, 2008 at 1:15 AM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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Jan 16, 2008 at 8:41 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
This is actually a new trend in weddings. More couples are choosing to have a fun, relaxed cocktail reception as opposed to a formal seated dinner. One of my favorite choices is to serve your favorite foods but in a mini size! For example, mini burgers and fries or mac and cheese in small cups! Another favorite is a twist on shrimp cocktail. Place one or two shrimp in a shot glass with the cocktail sauce at the bottom.

Typically your ceremony only last about 30 minutes. A reception outline could be organized something like this:

Cocktail Hour
Introduction of Bride and Groom
First Dance
Father Daughter Dance
Prayer or Welcome
Cake Cutting
General Dancing
Bouqet / Garter Toss
Grand Exit

Goodluck with Planning!!
Jan 15, 2008 at 5:21 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
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Married: 02/29/2008
Jan 17, 2008 at 2:21 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Desserts just a whole bunch of pies and candies. Its cost effective and lovely

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Feb 01, 2008 at 10:57 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I know that when I got married, that I didn't want a sit down dinner. So, I decided to have a cocktail party instead!. I had appetizers (such as potatoes with caviar, stuffed mushrooms, lamb chops, quiches, etc.) passed around by servers, and a help yourself dessert table with several cheesecakes, petite fours, candied nuts, surrounding a small wedding cake. I also had a punch bowl on a table where people could help themselves to the non-alcoholic punch. The celebration was elegant and fun!

For the timeline... directly following the ceremony, we went straight into the first dance (which was the cue for the servers to begin with the drinks), then the dances with the parents. While we danced, the servers continued to bring around champagne and wine for the guests, along with the appetizers. The D.J./M.C. kept the party rolling.

You reception sounds wonderful and elegant. For appetizer ideas, you may want to go to some favorite restaurants and sample a few.

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