Weddings aren’t just about rituals and ceremonies anymore. Cocktail parties are becoming an increasingly popular part of Indian weddings nowadays. Cocktail soirees are a great way to get everyone to let loose and get to know each other, without any of the formalities that are part and parcel of a wedding. They can even be a good alternative to a traditional sit-down reception dinner, in case you prefer a more casual post wedding ceremony gathering.
Like any other wedding related function, your cocktail party needs some efficient planning. If you have a wedding planner in India, please sit down and explore all your options. Since, a cocktail party can be as low key or over-the-top as you wish, you really need to figure out the budget and how it fits in your overall wedding budget, well in advance. Once you have the money situation in control, the rest of the decision-making can be really fun. Keep your mind open regarding venues; your wedding planner can show you venues as per your taste or go ahead and explore venues on your own. Banquet halls and private bar rooms are popular choices, but also look at offbeat locations like garden patios, art galleries and sea-side docks. If it can be an option, plan your party for a week-day, it can be a lot more affordable than booking a venue on a weekend. If you are on a tight budget, keep the décor simple and small inexpensive touches like candles and flowers on the tables add something special without breaking the bank. If you have something more extravagant in mind themed parties are extremely fun and you can even have a costume party for a little extra spice.
Talk to the D.J. beforehand so you can be sure he/she will come armed with a great selection of music that gets people on the dance floor. Make sure there’s adequate space for your guests to let their hair down on the dance floor…the best part of any cocktail party! Talking about the best part, don’t forget the cocktails. Make sure the bartender and bar staff know their cocktails and mocktails and have a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. A signature cocktail or one set around your theme is a fun touch. Make sure you serve plenty of hors d’oeuvres rather than an overly fancy full course meal; this ensures that people move around and mingle rather than just sit and eat.
The words ‘cocktail party’ conjures up images of fun, socializing and mingling. Making your bash an affair to remember is not necessarily expensive or difficult; all you need is a little creativity and lots of hospitality…and yeah great cocktails always help!