Cocktail and Appetizer Ideas for Your Reception

Now that you have officially tied the knot, it is time to party!  We have researched the best appetizer and cocktail ideas that are sure to make your wedding reception a festivity to remember.

Cocktail Ideas

First things first.  Once your guests make their way to your reception, one of the primary places they will seek out is the bar.  Let your beverage selections speak romance too!

  1. Spruce Up the Champagne

    Champagne is the signature beverage of celebration and there are many ways to mix it up.  Consider a Mimosa Bar and let your guests choose how they want their champagne blended.

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  2. Frozen Cocktail Treats

    If you are having a summer wedding, you will be happy to know that the new cocktail trend is certain to cool things down!  Frozen cocktails are becoming a hit for many brides.  They can blend a variety of flavors and look quite fancy!

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  3. Drink Your Dessert

    After the cake is cut and your guests are ready to indulge their sweet tooth, include a dessert cocktail for them to enjoy as well!  Consider adding Chocolate Martinis, White Russians, or Mudslides to your dessert bar. These options are sweet and refreshing.

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Appetizer Ideas

Now that your guests have their cocktail in hand, it is time to give them a snack while you and the groom are smiling for the camera and they are waiting for the main dish.

  1. Include the Salad

    For those health-conscious guests who always eat their five servings of vegetables a day, appetizer salads are quite a hit!  Not all wedding entrees include a salad selection, so this is a creative way to include those extra greens.

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  2. Roll It Up

    Finger sandwiches are simple to prepare and serve.  These tasty appetizers can also be prepared in advance, making your food prep less stressful.  Roll up sandwiches are also easy for your guests to grab while they mingle before you and the groom make your first appearance.

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  3. Chips and Salsa

    Chips and Salsa are always a pre-dinner favorite and can easily be easily incorporated into your appetizer selection.  Choose a variety of salsa flavors and be sure to provide plenty of chips!

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The cocktail hour of your reception is a wonderful time to get creative and celebrate your favorite snack foods.  Have fun with your choices and give your guests the opportunity to indulge with you!














Overcoming Last-Minute Wedding Anxiety

You have a big day ahead of you, no wonder you feel a little overwhelmed!  But, there is no need to hold onto unnecessary anxiety.  Here are a few tips to help you relieve some of that unwanted stress.

  1. Make a To-Do List.

    Typically when brides feel overwhelmed, simple organization can offer some relief. Make a “To-Do” list in order of priority and start delegating.  Some things you will want to handle on your own, and that is okay. But, if someone else can check off a certain item for you…let them!

  2. Call on the Bridal Party.

    Don’t be afraid to ask your friends for help, this is one of their primary responsibilities. Your wedding party should be made up of close friends and family who want to pitch in and make your day special.  So, ask a trusted bridesmaid to make that call and coordinate the cake delivery details instead.

  3. Make Time for Yourself.

    Some brides prefer to take a few hours to decompress on their own, and some feel more relaxed with a few close friends by their side. Choose your company wisely, and hit the spa!  You may want to fit in a last-minute hair removal or manicure appointment before the honeymoon anyway.

  4. Eliminate Work Stress.

    This is the time to only focus on your wedding. Let someone else cover any work responsibilities leading up to your event and through the duration of your honeymoon.  And…this may be the tricky part…don’t think about anything that may be sitting on your desk!  It will be there waiting when you return.

  5. Soak It In.

    This event will only happen once, so enjoy it! Yes, it is possible that something may go wrong.  Go with the flow and don’t allow yourself to stress over tiny mix-ups.  Chances are, you are the only person who will know that something didn’t go exactly as planned.

The most important part of your wedding day is the union of you and the groom. Have a wonderful time and enjoy, everything else will fall into place!