Planning your wedding reception: The cocktail soirée

blog40Brimming with expertly crafted cocktails and a couture-clad guest list, cocktail soirées are fast becoming a popular option for modern couples who want the emphasis of their reception to be on celebrating and socialising.

Free from table settings and structured serving times, guests can mingle for the duration of the night, allowing for a truly festive and sociable atmosphere.

For couples who find the traditional wedding setup a little old-fashioned this party vibe is often more in keeping with their relaxed peronalitites. 

What will make or break your celebrations will be the type of venue you choose, so pick one that offers a fun yet inviting setting.

Opt for a venue that provides plenty of lounges and intimate spaces for weary guests and keep them entertained with live music that sets the mood. A sophisticated jazz trio or a festive band are both good options.

Current popular choices for food include Spanish tapas, Asian fusion, bite-sized hors d’oeuvres and seafood platters. Just make sure you have ample quantities. Also ensure your food reflects the time of year your reception is being held. Seafood obviously lends itself to summer and spring receptions, with delicious options like fresh oysters, black caviar and smoked salmon.

Celebrations during the colder months would do well to feature heartier options for hungry guests, such as roast rib eye of beef with Yorkshire pudding, confit belly of pork and gorgonzola cakes.

It’s also a nice touch to have a signature cocktail for the night, so ask your venue organisers to create something special to mark the occasion. 

At Bride Tasmania we love ‘Wedded Bliss’:

  • 30ml Wyborowa Rose vodka
  • 10ml crème de violette
  • 30ml pink grapefruit juice
  • Top with Mumm Champagne

Serve ice cold in a champagne saucer with a rose petal garnish.

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