(Closed) Cocktail Hour

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Once at a dry wedding, at the normal cocktail hour they had a punch bar and played a bride vs groom trivia game where the friends and family divided into 2 teams (brides fam vs grooms fam) and played a trivia game about the couple. At first I thought it would be cheesy but it was awesome and every one really had a good time.

Post # 5
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I really don’t see how having beer and wine vs a full bar makes any difference to the experience of the cocktail hour.  As long as your are having food and beverages that’s enough.  Grown adults can mingle and entertain themselves for an hour!  If you want to plan something else then go for it but definitely don’t feel like you have to!!  I can mingle with a glass of wine in my hand just as well as I can with a cocktail.

Post # 6
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I agree with @Moose1209: Having wine and beer only will not “kill the cocktial hour”! The point of cocktail hour is for your guests to mix and mingle before sitting for dinner, not to get sloshed on vodka and scotch LOL.

Still, if you want to throw in something fun, you could, for example, hire a roaming magician. Shouldn’t be too expensive for an hour or so.

A simple game could add a little fun, too. I created a quiz that asked people to match various love quotes to the people who said them. If you want the quotes, PM me. I just put the quizzes out on the cocktail tables – no competition or prizes involved. I’m not even sure how many people used them, but it was cheap and easy!

Post # 7
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Hm, I wouldn’t do a photobooth. Only 2-3 people can do this at a time… so everyone else will be bored standing in line for an hour. This is more fun for the reception where you can go at your leisure.

Wine and beer would be great for me at cocktail hour 🙂 I love beer, so I would grab this first… but wine is good as well. I think it will work!

We are going to have cheese and drinks (I want alcohol but not sure yet…) FI’s brother is also going to do magic, so I’m extremely excited about that!

Post # 8
46220 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with @Moose1209: People love to have time to mix, mingle and visit at weddings. Much of the rest of the time will be structured, or the dance music often is so loud that it makes conversation difficult.

I don’t believe that people need to be entertained every minute. Nor  do I believe that the beverage they drink makes any difference to their ability to socialize.

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