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Cocktail vs. Sit-Down Weddings: Which One is Right for You❔

Now that you’re engaged, it's time to start planning the party of a lifetime: your wedding. But before you get too carried away with wedding dress shopping and cake tasting, there's one important decision you need to make: cocktail wedding or sit-down wedding?


I know what you're thinking: "But they're both weddings, right? What's the difference?"


Well, there's a big difference between a cocktail wedding and a sit-down wedding. And not just in terms of the food and drinks. So, which type of wedding is right for you?


When it comes to choosing between a cocktail wedding and a sit-down wedding, there are a few key factors to consider.


Cocktail weddings: The ultimate party vibes 🍹

If you're looking for a wedding that's all about fun, freedom, and flexibility, then a cocktail wedding is the way to go. Guests can mingle and chat, eat and drink at their own pace, and dance the night away without having to worry about assigned seating or a strict schedule.

Here are just a few of the things that make cocktail weddings so awesome:

  • The food: Cocktail weddings are all about grazing and sampling. Instead of having a traditional sit-down meal, guests can nibble on a variety of appetizers and small plates throughout the evening. This is a great way to try new things and avoid getting stuck with a meal that you don't like.

  • The drinks: Cocktail weddings are also known for their amazing drinks. From signature cocktails to mocktails and everything in between, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

  • The dancing: Cocktail weddings are all about letting loose and having a good time. So get ready to dance the night away with your closest friends and family!


Sit-down weddings: The ultimate elegant affair 🤵‍♂️

If you're looking for a wedding that's more formal and elegant, then a sit-down wedding may be a better fit for you. With a sit-down wedding, guests are seated at assigned tables and served a multi-course meal. There's usually a set schedule for the evening, with speeches, toasts, and dancing all planned in advance.

Here are just a few of the things that make sit-down weddings so special:

  • The atmosphere: Sit-down weddings have a more traditional and elegant atmosphere than cocktail weddings. This makes them a great choice for couples who want to create a more sophisticated atmosphere for their guests.

  • The food: Sit-down weddings typically offer a more formal and traditional dining experience. Guests are served a multi-course meal that is carefully planned and prepared by the wedding caterer.

  • The speeches: Sit-down weddings are a great opportunity for family and friends to give speeches and toasts to the happy couple. This is a special way to celebrate the couple's love and commitment to each other.


Still can't decide? Here are some tips for choosing the right type of wedding:


1. Set a budget

Weddings can be expensive, so it's important to set a budget early on. This will help you narrow down your options and choose the type of wedding that is affordable for you.


2. Consider your guests

If you have a lot of guests who don't know each other well, a cocktail wedding may be a better option, as it will give them more opportunities to mingle. If you have a lot of guests who know each other well, a sit-down wedding may be a better option, as it will give them a chance to sit down and relax together.


3. Think about your style

Do you want a more laid-back and casual wedding or a more formal and elegant event? Your wedding style should reflect your personality and style as a couple.

Want a cocktail wedding but your family is craving a more traditional affair? Here's a compromise 👇

Mix and match elements of both cocktail and sit-down weddings to create a wedding that is unique to you and your partner.

1️⃣ Start your ceremony earlier to give guests more time to mingle at the pre-reception.


2️⃣ Serve roaming canapés for the entree, so guests can keep moving and chatting and have a single seated course, such as a shared feast, to reduce the amount of time people are sitting down.


This approach will give you the best of both worlds: a casual and fun wedding that your guests will love, with a nod to tradition that will keep your family happy.


We offer sit-down and cocktail options, so have a look at our wedding packages to see which one is right for you!


But hey, don't forget! No matter which kind of wedding you decide on, just make sure that it truly represents you and your partner as a couple. Ultimately, it's your special day and it should reflect who you are!


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