Cocktail or Sit Down Reception?

It’s wedding season! Time for dress and tux fittings, photographer bookings, flower shopping and more. One of the most stressful parts is choosing your wedding “style.” The newest trend that a lot of Brides are going for is the cocktail reception. I have been a part of both a cocktail reception and a sit-down dinner reception. There are pros and cons and dos and don’ts to both just like anything in life. In Monmouth and Ocean County there are plenty of venues that offer both. If you’re looking for a more formal setting definitely go with a sit down dinner. Cocktail receptions are more laid back with guests choosing where and if they sit and hor d’oeuvres are passed throughout the night. Cocktail receptions can be great for people who want that laid back feeling where people have more opportunity to socialize. Buffets play a big part in cocktail receptions as well so if you prefer your guests being up more often then go with a cocktail reception. Sit down dinners keep the guests more confined to their tables and could mean a little less socializing. Just be aware if you have older guests, they may be put off by a cocktail reception (it is out of the norm for them) so be sure they have seating. As for entertainment, a great DJ or band can make or break the wedding. A good DJ or MC can get a crowd going and dancing up a storm. A band could do the same so make sure when picking your entertainment a lot of research is done! Ask for references and look up reviews. A lot of time is spent at weddings dancing and you want your guests dancing to great music, it totally sets the mood of the night (Or day) I personally have worked with many DJ’s and one of the best I have worked with is Elite entertainment. So do your research and keep in mind your guests as well when planning. Happy Planning!!!


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