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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.

Allow Guests to Mingle and be social

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.

Sophisticated without the Price Tag

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

More Food Choices

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.

More Flexible and Relaxed Format

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.

Things to Remember With Cocktail Weddings

  • 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.


Check out the selection of menus to suit your food choices and budget.

Standing Room Only is a Brisbane Catering Company that provides gourmet, finger food and mobile catering for a cocktail, corporate or wedding events.  Contact us now for your next party or cocktail event. Andrew would be happy to talk through the options, so please get in touch now: ☎ 0433822280


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Andrew Marno

has worked in the hospitality industry for 35 years. His career began in Noosa Heads working in establishments such as Anita’s, The Lobster Trap and the 5 Star Sheraton Noosa. While living and working overseas he broadened his knowledge of and experience with international foods and ingredients.

Soon after returning to Australia Andrew opened his first restaurant, ‘AndaVanth’ in Milton, Qld with executive chef and business partner David Farmer, of Mount Lofty House (Adelaide Hills). AndaVanth was credited with many accolades over the years including a perfect score from the Courier Mail’s restaurant review in its opening year. It became a very popular Wedding Venue, in particular for Cocktail style receptions.

After 5 years he ventured to the West End district to open a more challenging establishment, ‘BIN 220’ Wine and Tapas bar. An extensive and international wine list, carefully selected by an award winning sommelier, complimented a refined, sophisticated menu. The modern offering in West End quickly became a popular venue for locals and others appreciating fine food and wine in a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Following this business Andrew opened the award winning ‘Seagrass Fish and Chippery’. Also on Brisbane’s
West End/South Brisbane border.

In 2008 Andrew was approached to cater for a ‘stand up’ cocktail-style function on a luxury vessel on the Brisbane River. This experience inspired him to meet a growing market for events designed for guests and hosts alike to mingle while still enjoying their food and beverages. ‘Standing Room Only Catering’ was born.

Now in its tenth year, Andrew works with Michelin star chefs and a highly experienced service team, and is constantly researching local and international trends in order to offer contemporary menus. He and his team pride themselves on the delivery of outstanding customer service from the initial enquiry, working to ensure a seamless and delicious event for every client. Contact us Now ☎

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