Post # 1
Is it ok for a bride to take part in the cocktail hour?. Since my wedding ceremony will start at 8pm, we’re gonna get our pics out the way at around 5-6:30 pm before the guests arrive and while there is still sunlight (we will take pics in the garden at our venue), so after the ceremony I’ll be free to mingle with my guests during the cocktail hour. I’ve never seen or heard of a bride being present for her cocktail hour so I just wanted to get some feedback
Post # 3
Of course you can participate, it is usually used as the time for pics is why brides are seldom there. Since you are doing pics early, mingle away. It will actually give you more time to get to talk to all of your guests and more time to enjoy the dancing.
Post # 4
So i wont be because ill be doing photos! BUT in all honesty i would probably not even if i could. I would rather take that hour and go somewhere quiet just me and new hubby to chat and reflect on the ceremony, take a breather (after photos and ceremony) before talking non stop to everyone! Grab a little something to snack/drink :D. Then i would go into the reception ready to party and mingle! But everyone is different, and so are the weddings! So do what you feel like! 😀 Its your day! I dont know….the ceremony is a bit longer for me since its catholic outside mass but still…
Post # 5
I think guests want to spend as much time with the couple as possible. If you can swing it, I definitely don’t see the problem with it. I’m bummed I’ll probably have to miss mine. You should go for it. 🙂
Post # 6
I voted “no way” because I will be planning to take pictures during this time. However, for you, I think the more time spent with your guests the better. They came to spend time with you and celebrate your love!
Post # 7
I definitely plan on making my cocktail hour. That will give us the chance to greet and thank everyone so that we don’t have to do it during or after dinner.
Post # 8
I bought the alcohol, and d*mn!t i’m going to drink it!
Post # 9
We spent the first 20 or so minutes after our marriage alone, and then joined the guests. I can’t imagine what could be considered bad etiquette about it?
Post # 10
We’re doing photos right after the ceremony for half an hour, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with joining your guests! If anything, it’s more polite to spend time with them than not
Post # 11
Is it okay????? Umm, yes, it is okay. Very much “okay”!
My dear, a good hostess is present at a reception when her guests arrive. She greets them at the door, ensures they are introduced to the guests of honour, and to at least one more person who can be trusted to get them refreshments and introduce them to a few more people. When all the guests have arrived, she mingles with them, keeping a special eye out for any that look ill-at-ease or isolated, introducing them to compatible acquaintances and helping them engage in conversation. This is the first and most obvious responsibility of a reception hostess.
True, many brides work around this responsibility (or shirk it outright, or don’t realize that when they took on the role of hostess they took on this responsibility). Society gives them a “pass” on the breach, because society is fondly indulgent about sweet young brides on their wedding day. But you really do NOT have to apologize or ask permission for arranging things in such a way that you can FULFIL your responsibilities to your guests!
Post # 12
Absolutely. Why would the couple have a cocktail hour and then avoid their guests for the duration, which is rude?
Post # 13
Thanks for the feedback ladies…@Pyma you made a very good point, I would love to spend a few minutes alone with my new hubby right after the ceremony…@.Blurmeblue you hilarious
Post # 14
@blurmeblue: ha! awesome 🙂 I’m with you!