Post # 1
Our officient will not marry us before 7 pm (sundown) and we really wanted the wedding to start earlier and are worried about guests eating dinner too late, so we are thinking of having a cocktail hour before. This would allow guests to arrive leisurely, have a drink and some food before the ceremony starts. We would only do wine/champagne/sangria/iced tea and some light passed appetizers. Then we would probably do another short cocktail hour from 7:30-8 pm to give us, the wedding party, and our famlly a chance to mingle with guests, and we would open the full bar at that point.
I’ve never been to a wedding that did this before. Do you think guests will enjoy some food and beverages before the ceremony and a little time to mingle?
If we go with this format, how would you word the invitation? Would you say “Champagne Reception at 6 pm, Ceremony at 7 pm, Reception to follow?” Any creative wording ideas would be most helpful!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I’ve been to two weddings like this, and they were GREAT! It was a fun chance to mingle and have a couple drinks, and when the ceremony happens, everyone is a little more joyful and emotional 😉
I would highly recommend this option if your ceremony can’t start til 7!
Post # 4
I’ve been to one with the cocktail hour first and enjoyed it very much.
How about maybe “Light cocktails and appetizers prior to the ceremony with full cocktail hour to follow”
Post # 5
I think this sounds like an excellent idea!
Post # 6
One of my favorite weddings that I sever went to had a cocktail hour before the ceremony, just drinks though. I don’t think they had food, but I might have just missed it. It created a very relaxed and excited feel for everyone there. At the venue we are using, they provide passed champagne to guests when they arrive
Post # 7
Oh man, that sounds great!
Post # 8
I’ve been to 2 weddings like this; one was to allow the couple to take pictures. Who doesn’t love food and booze early!