Post # 1
I am considering some activities for people during the cocktail hour. Do you have any ideas. Things like:
I am heavily considering a characterture, but would like other ideas.
Post # 3
Why not just let them mingle?
Post # 4
love love love photobooths!
make sure to leave your guestbook out so everyone can sign it during the down time!
Post # 5
If there are tables you could leave a crossword on the table with clues about you as a couple.
Post # 6
Get a swing dance instructor for them for that hour. Gives them a chance to mingle and learn to dance. I had someone do this and it was a hit
Post # 7
Hi! Good on you for thinking about your guests’ comfort. Conversation starters are always welcome, especially at something like a wedding where guests might not know each other.
I think it was Gabe and Thryn’s wedding (google it) that had name tags with “Ask me about…” printed on each one. The bride and groom had brainstormed three or four things about each guest that they knew would get that guest talking. For example, one such tag might read, “Kathy / Ask me about / * Visiting Morocco / * My 8th-grade prank / * Why I drive a yellow car.”
Several of the Bees have made boxes of mementos from their relationship for people to look through during the cocktail hour. You have to be willing to let people handle your stuff, or you could take a photo of each item instead. It would be nice to tie a tag to each prop explaining its significance.
We’ve seen weddings where guests play oversized table games like Jenga, or the hosts have provided croquet or petanque.
At our engagement party, we gave each guest short lengths of red wool to exchange when they introduced themselves to someone new. Only the lengths that they received from another person counted towards their total. Between dinner and dessert, we gave a prize to the person with the most lengths. Some people didn’t make an effort, but our more gregarious guests introduced themselves to the quieter ones and helped everyone feel welcome.
Post # 8
I feel like the cocktail hour always flies by so quickly, since most people are mingling and chatting. I don’t think you necessarily *need* an activity but it is nice that you are thinking of your guests! My friends had a “wish tree” for people to write them wishes for their marriage, and that seemed to be a nice distraction.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
Mrs. Kitten made trivia cards for her cokctail hour with questions about her and Mr. Kitten. They were a big hit!
Post # 11
If your wedding is going to be outside, then simple outdoor games are always a hit. We had horseshoes 🙂
Post # 12
Some awesome suggestions here!
I love photobooths, but I suggest having them during the dinner portion of the event instead of the cocktail hour for a few reasons:
[email protected] cocktail hour people might not yet be warmed up enough to get in the photobooth. IMHO, the best photobooth shots come towards the end of the night, when people are really in the party spirit and/or tipsy. 🙂
-there is quite a large chance that all of your guests won’t get a turn & some may not even notice the photobooth during cocktail hour. If you have the photobooth in the cocktail hour space for the duration of the reception, people will either forget about it or be disappearing from the party.
-if you & FI are not attending the cocktail hour, you won’t be able to take any photobooth shots.
Post # 13
i was going to suggest croquet! Or putt putt somehow.