Post # 1
We are having a small intimate wedding(50 people) which will be held at a friends house (ceremony in his backyard and reception in his garage loft which he turned into a ballroom studio). Because of the venue,religious beliefs and health reasons, we won’t be serving alcohol. I would like to get some pictures outside of at least me and FI because our wedding is right smack dab in the middle of foliage season here in good ole MA. But since we arent serving alcohol nor are we having a sit down dinner; a "cocktail hour" seems rather pointless w/o cocktails. . .lol. . . So i was wondering if any of you wonderful ladies had any ideas as to what we could do in place of a cocktail hour? I was thinking maybe just having them eat or at least get their food while we take pictures?
Thanks in advance
Post # 3
depends on how formal, if iinformal how about a fun cupcake and cake hour? if a little more elegant how about really nice desserts or hor d’ouvres
or you can do a high tea with scones and delicate desserts
Post # 4
I LOVE the idea of a tea, ilovenycimissie! Especially if you are having an afternoon wedding (but really, it would be fine at any hour!), it would be so appropriate. You could serve teas (or iced teas if it’s hot!), coffee, hot cocoa, and little tea sandwiches (cucumber/cream cheese, smoked salmon/cream cheese, etc), scones/clotted cream/jam, and little petit fours. It would be amazing. What sort of food are you serving for the reception- you said no sit down dinner- is there going to be a buffet? I guess whether you want to serve tea food may depend on what sorts of foods you’re planning on having afterwards.
Post # 5
I think the "tea party" idea sounds wonderful. That way you could give people a little something to eat, but you don’t have to serve alcohol. I think it sounds like an elegant, fun way to give your guests something to do while you take photos.
If you’re willing/able to do photos before the ceremony, then you could always cut the "cocktail hour" all together. That’s what we’re doing–taking all photos ahead of time and then just starting the reception almost immediately after the ceremony ends. Of course, we’re at the same location, so that makes it a little easier.
Post # 6
You could either do a tea, or just say they can "enjoy hors d’oeuvres" on the programs, or where ever you’re announcing what you’re calling the Mocktail hour 🙂 and you can slip out to take your pics.
Post # 7
You can always call it a "Social Hour" rather than a cocktail hour. That way, people would be expecting to socialize rather than drink cocktails 🙂
Post # 8
I don’t think you need to "call" it anything, since you don’t have to write about the cocktail hour in the program or anywhere else. Once the ceremony is over, guests will figure out what to do if you bring out hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. This is when you can skip out to go take pictures!