(Closed) Have you been to or had or having cocktail hour before your small ceremony?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have and we are! We are having a standing ceremony halfway through cocktail hour so the DJ and wedding coordinator will tell guests ceremony is about to start. We do plan to walk in in a small procession (just officiant, parents, sibs, us, no bridal party). Ceremony will be about 15 minutes, then we will continue with more cocktails and appetizers before dinner!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I planned a wedding where we used a young boy (a little too old for a ring bearer) to run down the aisle ringing a bell yelling “the bride is coming! the bride is coming!” People loved it! It was  a little different than just a standard announcement. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

@Jane77677:  YES and it was amazing. It was an intimate beach wedding on a private estate, and wine, champagne, beer & cocktails were served before and after the ceremony. The cocktail hour was on the back patio/deck, and the minister called us to the ceremony site (about 10 steps away on the sand LOL) once the bridal party was ready.

There was most certainly a processional, and it was not weird at all.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@Jane77677:  Nope. The women all got ready upstairs, and guests were directed to walk around through the side garden to get to the beach. The groom came out after the minister called everyone down and kicked off the processional. 

If the cocktails will be served close by the ceremony site, just have your officiant call everyone to the area about 10 minutes beforehand. If the cocktails will be served a ways away from the ceremony location, then your wedding coordinator can usher the guests to the proper area.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@Jane77677:  OMG yes! Invite me!

I always say that my idea of a perfect wedding as a guest is: I arrive at a pretty place (probably outdoors, but an indoor venue with fabulous architecure is fine, too!) and I am handed a drink and offered canapes. Soon after, am called to take a seat (or standing is ok, too) for the ceremony.

While noshing and sipping bubbly or wine, there is a processional of pretty people in pretty dresses coming down the aisle. They stop, say pretty things to each other and voila! are married.

Dinner does not have to follow to make me happy, I would be happy enough to mingle and continue the noshing on canapes. But dinner would be fine, too.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We’re having a pre-ceremony cocktail hour, short ceremony, post-ceremony cocktail hour, then reception. I’ve been to a wedding like this, and it was so fun to see a wedding AFTER a drink or two 🙂

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

@FauxPas2012:  LOL This is exactly how the wedding I attended went (plus dinner + open bar followed cocktail hour). And guests were even encouraged to fill up right before the minister called everyone down so that we would have something to sip on throughout the ceremony. It was divine.

@lolot:  +1 It’s a perfect way to show your guests a fabulous time!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We aren’t going to be there for the first 30 minutes of cocktail hour. Some friends did it that way and it worked out really well! It was fun anticipating seeing them and socializing with the other guests! Our cocktail hour and ceremony will be on the rooftop garden of a children’s museum. I think our guests will be fully entertained by the pretty views, the flowers and the chickens and pigeons who live up there!

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