The Everyday Girl's Solution to Wedding Receptions: Cocktail Hour!

In the last couple of years, more and more brides have skipped the traditional route and opted for a casual buffet in lieu of a pricey sit down meal at their receptions. It sounds great in theory, but even buffets tend to break the bank. You have to account for people wanting seconds or thirds, there needs to be seemingly endless amounts of everything, and it’s easy for the food budget to spiral out of control. If you’re planning a wedding, keep your own budget in check by going even more non-traditional with a simple cocktail hour menu!

Choosing a cocktail hour style for your reception menu is an increasingly popular trend among brides. Let’s be real - not everyone has the financial capabilities of throwing a ritzy, black-tie affair with a three-course meal served to each guest. But the good news is you can still have an extravagant reception - just ditch the fancy courses! Save some money in the food department and assign it to the drink budget instead. Focus on creating some drinks with flair instead of channeling all your energy into perfecting the menu! If you’re having a ton of guests, chances are they’d prefer some delicious cocktails or an open bar over a heavy meal that’ll keep them off the dance floor. You’ll still serve up some jaw-dropping appetizers that’ll have your guests feel like guests at the most lavish affair imaginable, but on an everyday girl budget - it’s a win-win!

We put together a list of some of the prettiest, tastiest bite foods out there. Check them out, and pick out a few that match the vibe you’re going for - no matter what, we promise your guests will be drooling over these delicious apps!