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Say Goodbye to the Seating Chart and embrace the Fun: Why a Cocktail Wedding is the Perfect Choice for You!


A couple with cocktails in their hand

We're seeing a fantastic trend these days – more couples are opting for fabulous cocktail receptions instead of the traditional sit-down dinner. And let us tell you, it's a fantastic choice!


Here at Leonards Hill Estate, we know you're picturing a relaxed, intimate gathering filled with laughter and joy. But ditching the assigned seating can feel daunting – where does everyone sit? How much food do we need?


Here's the beauty of a cocktail wedding: it's all about creating a fun, flowing atmosphere where your guests can mingle, catch up with loved ones, and enjoy delicious bites without feeling stuck in one spot.


Plus, there are amazing perks!


  • More mingling, less formality: Cocktail receptions encourage guests to mix and match, creating a vibrant, social atmosphere. It's a fantastic way to break the ice and ensure everyone has a chance to connect.

  • Foodie paradise: Imagine a spread of delectable canapés, miniature desserts, and delicious food stations. Our amazing caterers recommend having 8-10 canapes per guest, so no one goes hungry!

  • Cost-effective magic: Let's be honest, weddings can add up quickly. Cocktail receptions tend to be a more budget-friendly option since there's no need for a formal sit-down meal with all the trimmings (think expensive tableware, napkins, cutlery, and place cards). This frees up your budget for other fun things – like a signature cocktail everyone will love, or that extra special detail you've been dreaming of.

Need some inspiration for furniture? We've got you covered! View our sample floor plan below to see how you can create a comfortable and stylish space for your guests.




So, there you have it! A cocktail reception might just be the perfect way to celebrate your love story. It's relaxed, fun, and allows you to focus on what truly matters – creating unforgettable memories with the people you love most.


Ready to start planning your dream cocktail wedding?  Get in touch with our team at Leonards Hill Estate – we can't wait to help you create a celebration that's uniquely you!


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