Does reception start at cocktail hour?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

In my area & social circle, cocktail hour is generally what the couple hosts for their guests as they finish up post-ceremony photos.  The reception starts when the bride & groom make their entrance.

I have seen posts before about the couple not wanting to ‘miss cocktail hour’ so they do a first look & get pics out of the way prior to the ceremony, but that isn’t something I’ve ever really seen in real life.

On your website, just list the three events and their start times- ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, in that order.

Post # 3
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You could list the times of all three, or you could say:

Ceremony at 4PM

Cocktail Hour to follow

Reception at 5:15PM

Post # 4
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Skittles131:  +1 with DaneLady. They are 3 separate events so I would list them separately. That’s how I have my website listing them too.  

Post # 5
858 posts
Busy bee

We have some in between ours (an hour and a half), which seems to be usual here (Canada)

Ceremony 4pm

Cocktail 6-7

Wedding Party announced at 7

Dinner and dance to follow.

Post # 6
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I guess technically the reception starts at 5:15 but as far as I’m concerned when I go to a wedding, cocktail hour is part of the reception/event.

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