Wedding Venues

Throw a Cocktail Reception

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Incorporate chic, cocktail-themed elements to take your reception in a refreshingly unique direction.

Start a paper trail.

Give guests a preview of your party style by sending invites printed on cocktail napkins, along with recipes for some of the drinks to be featured. If you don't term the party a "Cocktail Wedding Reception," be sure to indicate "heavy hors d'oeuvres" so guests know that a traditional meal will not be served.

Capture the spirit.

To spotlight creative cocktails, print the names of the special drinks you're serving on pretty tags, attach them to stirrers and insert them. If you're offering a special martini or margarita bar, give it decorative signage. Add a punchy pattern. Your new, married monogram or wedding logo can adorn coasters or napkins, or even mint boxes set along the bar, to tie together the look of the party.

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