Cocktail-styled wedding receptions have been increasing in popularity over the past few years with couples opting to create more of a “party” atmosphere for their reception, encouraging guests to mingle and relax.  

Over and over, we hear guests comment that the best part of a wedding reception is the cocktail hour and couples who select a cocktail-styled reception are actually choosing a reception that encourages their guests to dance and eat at their own pace.  The couple who selects a cocktail-styled reception wants a less traditional reception and is confident that this type of event will make an impression on their guests.  There are many different types of cocktail-styled receptions and if you opt for this type of a reception, you can design a menu to reflect what you envision for your reception.

Consider Marjestic Gardens’ Continuous Cocktail Reception Menu.  This menu is a five hour cocktail menu with the first hour styled after a traditional cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, hot and cold stations.

Following the cocktail hour, guests are welcomed into the ballroom for a four hour reception that begins with a passed champagne toast and passed hors d’oeuvres.  Then, as the guests are mingling and dancing, different stations open in the Ballroom.  Station options include Italian, Seafood, Continental and Asian, as well as traditional stations such as Carving, Asian, Mexican and Sushi.  There are also whimsical selections including the Gourmet Burger Bar, the All American Station, the Bacon Bar, Mac-N-Cheese Sation, and the Smashed Potato Martini Bar.   The wedding cake is served at a station together with coffee, cappuccino and espresso.  Continuing the cocktail theme, servers pass dessert and cordial selections throughout the Ballroom. 

With this menu, guests are always left amazed because the food just keeps coming.   Many times, people think that the reception is going to be similar to a buffet-styled reception but there is very little similarity between the two.   The Continuous Cocktail Menu offers an upscale alternative to a traditional sit-down reception and is certainly a trend that is here to stay.  

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