I just started exploring ideas of different types of receptions and etc. I was doing my research on cocktail receptions so I know the basics of what you should and should do. State it on the invitation have it after normal dinner time, have enough seating and etc.. I would like to get some ideas whether or not cocktail receptions are good choice or not. Also I was curious if you still have dancing and everything? I do not want a long dragged out reception, which I have been to one this past year. By the time we had our cake it was 11pm, everyone just wanted to go home. I want something where people can eat socialize and then have some fun and dance and so on. I would just like to hear some opinions on cocktail receptions. THanks!