25 February 2014

The Benefits of Hosting a Cocktail Wedding

Cocktail wedding receptions are continuing to be a popular choice for couples getting married. The traditional sit down wedding in a generic ‘one size fits all’ function room definitely isn’t for everyone, and there are a range of reasons why our catering team continue to work with couples to create a wedding reception with a difference. At Standing Room Only we can create an eclectic and diverse range of flavours and tastes that everyone will enjoy with our customised wedding catering services.

If you’re planning your nuptials, and you haven’t considered the cocktail wedding format, we give some serious food for thought why this could be the style of wedding you’ve been looking for.


Forget the politics of seating arrangements when hosting a cocktail wedding. A stand up cocktail wedding removes the chance of someone being seated next to who they don’t like and the risk that someone feels offended they’re not placed closer to the bridal table also is removed. A cocktail wedding reception is far more fluid, allowing guests mingle and be social. On the wedding day, the bride and groom will also be able to circulate around the reception area far more freely.


Many cocktail wedding events are a fraction of the cost of what a traditional wedding costs, but are no less sophisticated. Unlike many other catering companies and function venues, we don’t charge unfair wedding premiums simply because the event is a wedding. Our clients still get sophisticated and gourmet food offerings without the premium price tag others charge, allowing more money to go towards other things


Guests are presented with more different flavours and food offerings at cocktail wedding with an exciting range of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, canapés and tapas style offerings consistently brought out throughout the evening. This makes the food a talking point and can provide more interest in the food than the traditional choice of a chicken, beef or vegetarian pasta dish offered as the choices for sit down weddings. It’s also a good idea to have set food stations around the room for guests to grab and go as they feel.


A cocktail wedding is a far more relaxed and flexible affair, but doesn’t have to be any less stylish. Choose from more indoor and outdoor locations, an create food based around a specific theme that you may have in mind.


  • Have enough Seating – Is important that there are still different seating options including lounge style, bar seats, regular seating and other forms of seating scattered around. A good ratio is to have seats for around a third of the guests.

  • Make sure there is enough food – This won’t be a problem when using Standing Room Only Catering, since the last thing we want is for any guest to go hungry.

  • We also suggest setting up fixed food stations in the venue so guests can access food as needed.

At Standing Room Only Catering we specialise in gourmet catering to wedding receptions of all stripes and styles. With a range of offerings for wedding celebrations of all styles and sizes, secure your booking with us and we look forward to letting you taste our foods for yourself to develop your own menu, once the booking is confirmed.

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