Happy Hour vs Cocktail Hour

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Happy Hour- thoughts?
    Love the idea! : (6 votes)
    46 %
    Not a fan, invite time should be ceremony time : (6 votes)
    46 %
    Not a fan, cocktail hour is a must : (0 votes)
    Maybe... add more variety of food and drinks : (1 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
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    760 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

    I love the idea – perhaps include that information with your invitations, on an extra information form? That way people who don’t want to come for the happy hour don’t have to, but those who would like to, know about it.

    Post # 3
    Member
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I would not explore the venue, if the invite says 5:30 I would expect the ceremony to start at 5:30. I wouldn’t go wondering off on the grounds expecting the ceremony to start 30 minutes after I was told to be there.

    I don’t see how your idea of a happy hour would elimate your fears of long lines for the bar and people not mingling.  The exact thing would happen whether it was before the ceremony or after.

    However, if you want to do a happy hour before the ceremony, I would word the invites that “refreshements provided starting at 5 pm, ceremony will begin at 6”

    Post # 5
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    8914 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    CurlyCue:  we had an hour long cocktail hour before our ceremony (and one after the ceremony as well). Our invites had the ceremony time, but we made it clear through the wedding website, shuttle schedule, and word of mouth that everyone was encouraged to come early for snacks and drinks and mingling. Most people got there for at least half the cocktail hour if not all of it. 

    So that’s another option vs putting the cocktail hour time as the invite time…

    Post # 6
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    6032 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    My venue warned against arming people with cocktails before the ceremony. The clinky noise of the ice in the glasses, people sucking on straws, etc, is distracting during the ceremony. A spill can cause a massive disruption. And taking people’s drinks away before they are done just annoys them, even if it is a free drink.

    If your ceremony starts at 6 then your invites should say 6, not 5:30. People who are early know they are early— many people pad their schedules just in case there’s bad traffic, so they know they might have some time to kill. It’s really unfair to the majority of folks to pad your ceremony time just because Aunt Tilly is always late.

    Post # 7
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    7098 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think the invite time should be the ceremony time. I would not come early to a wedding just to hang around and snack.

    Are you going to do all your photos before the ceremony?

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