Post # 1
Anyone have any suggestions for an “alternative cocktail hour”. We plan to photograph after the ceremony and wanted to keep our guests entertained. We will be serving just wine and beer as we are not big drinkers and anything more just would not feel like “us”. A couple people mentioned that only having wine and beer would kill the cocktail hour, so we are looking for alternative entertainment.
I was thinking about having a faux photo booth set up. My concerns are printing out the photo’s at a decent pace and how engaged will people actually be. I feel like once people loosen up they will appreciate the booth. While they are still breaking in, it may just end up being a visual piece.
We are outdoors but in a very confided area. So games like football and crochet would not apply for us =(.
Any and all suggestions are GREATLY appreciated. I honestly do not know what I would do without you guys =).
Post # 3
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 # 4
@mwitter80: Do you mind sharing some of the questions (as idea starters). I like the concept. Was there a prize for the winning side or anything?
I was also considering just placing games out for people to enjoy.
Post # 5
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
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
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
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.