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my fiancee and i are thinking about having a cocktail party as the wedding celebration at the resort we are staying at. i'm just not sure if it's appropiate. especially since i feel like we are dragging people to different country for our day. i'm afraid that people'll expect to have a sit down dinner and be disappointed.

 

if we do have a cocktail party it would be held at the resort disco and we would have it all to our selves.

 

cost wise...i think it will def help us. if we decide to go with this..how should we forewarn our guests of what to expect.

 

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Cost can easily get out of hand so I understand your concern. Have you selected an All Inclusive (AI) resort for your ceremony and stay? If so, then your guests will be able to eat before and after your ceremony and cocktail party.

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We're doing a cocktail party at an off-site venue, and all of our guests are REALLY excited about it! It allows for a more relaxed environment - plus your guests will likely be stuffing their faces at the AI all week anyway! I think it will be more fun this way and it will also save some costs :)

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I like the idea of a welcome cocktail party, but people are spending a lot to be at your wedding. IMHO you should deed them dinner. Call me old fashion sad.gif

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What time is your wedding? If you are having a morning or early afternoon wedding I think it is just fine.

 

We are having an evening wedding so we are doing a cocktail hour while we get photos done and then a sit down dinner.

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I think time of day plays a role here. If you do a cocktail party during dinner hours, IMHO, you should feed the guests dinner - it'll be expected. Otherwise, I'd schedule it either early or late, and clearly indicate that it is "cocktail reception" to set expectations that guest are on their own for dinner.

 

Another option is have a morning wedding and a lunch reception - a lunch will most certainly be cheaper than dinner.

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