How to create your Cocktail Wedding Reception

cocktail wedding reception

A cocktail wedding reception can be another excellent wedding reception alternative. Not, only is it a cheaper alternative, but it is also cheaper and provides a relaxed, informal wedding reception. You can plan a cocktail wedding reception to be completely unique and personal.

This printable wedding planner page helps you plan your cocktail wedding reception.

Add in your details such as time, reception food ideas, wedding reception decorations (wedding decoration ideas from Amazon) , drinks, wedding reception music, wedding favors and more.

Print off as many copies of the cocktail wedding reception printable planning sheet as you like, and take it with you to your desired location. Fill it in as you go. If you are checking out a reception venue, ask as many questions as possible and use the wedding reception printable as your guide.

The Complete Wedding Planner Printables E-Book

The Wedding Planner is designed to help you get ready for the big day!

All the forms are available for you to fill in - either directly on your laptop or by pen on the printed version - to help you plan your wedding, week by week;


Find out more about the Printable Wedding Planner

The Complete Wedding Planner Printables E-Book

The Wedding Planner is designed to help you get ready for the big day!

All the forms are available for you to fill in - either directly on your laptop or by pen on the printed version - to help you plan your wedding, week by week;


Find out more about the Printable Wedding Planner

Shop Wedding Favors @ Beau-coup.com

When creating a Cocktail wedding reception, you will still need to consider all aspects of a wedding reception, but they will just look different depending on all sorts of factors.

  1. Location - Are you planning to be inside or outside? Are there wet weather alternatives if you are outside? Make sure your space is large enough for your crowd; You will have to think of seating - not necessarily to have a sit down dinner, but at least for your guests to relax. You can add all these details to your planning page; Also take note of what the location provides - how much will you need to decorate or is the mood already set by the surroundings? Speak to the venue organizer and ask for their ideas - after all, they do this all the time and want to make your day special. Check out our page on cheap wedding decorations.
  2. Timing - A cocktail wedding reception is usually only about 2 hours and would mostly be held in the late afternoon;
  3. Food and Drink - how will you supply food and what sort of food will your provide? Will their be waiters offering all sorts of snack foods? Will there be plates or serviettes? Will you set up food stations where the guests can help themselves to a variety of finger food? The amount of pieces of finger food will depend on the length of the cocktail wedding reception. Since it is a 'cocktail' wedding reception, you will need to spend some time deciding on the drinks you will offer. Will there be a bar set up? What sorts of drinks will you have available? You will need to discuss this with the reception venue and whether you will have a limit set for the cost of the drinks;
  4. Music - Do you plan to hire a DJ, have live music or arrange for some CDs to be played? Your choice, but still a decision needs to be made. Add this to your planning page you download here.
  5. Wedding Favors - there are many ideas for wedding favors; It is a great way to thank your guests for their presence as well as keeping in a certain theme. Have a look in the Wedding shop for a variety of favors;
  6. Wedding Invitations - It is important to let your guests know what to expect; how to dress; and that it is a cocktail reception. In this way, they can dress appropriately (if outside) and it is helpful for them to know not to expect a full course sit-down meal. If your date is at a popular time of the year, make sure you send out save the date invitations.

More Wedding Printables Here.

Click and Print this cocktail wedding reception ideas chart. Add your own ideas on this printable page.

Click and Print this other free wedding checklist to help you sort out some of your wedding reception ideas.

Take it with you as you go to different wedding reception venues in order to help you evaluate and decide on the perfect location.

Read more about evaluating Wedding Reception Venues here.

Find Your Wedding Reception Venue

Wondering what wedding reception venues are nearby?

What do they offer?

What can you find out about them online - before you visit?

Do a Google Search here by using terms: "Wedding+Reception+your location".

(Keep the "+" sign to narrow down your search.)

Custom Search

wedding reception ideas

Home of Printable PlannersWedding Planner › Cocktail Wedding Reception


New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.