(Closed) How long is your cocktail “hour”?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
639 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

or ceremony is about 30 mins long, starting at 1:30.  Our cocktail “hour” starts at 4 and goes til 5:30 when dinner will be served.  then, we dance.  sweet.


so, what i’m saying is, I think a 2 pm ceremony with a 5 pm cocktail hour start is just fine.  

Post # 4
2205 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Either way, you’re going to leave a lot of down time in between.

I think a good length of a cocktail hour is an hour to be perfectly honest.  It gets really long (and people tend to drink too much) if it’s any longer than that.

It’s probably a better idea to say the cocktail hour starts at 5:30 or 6pm and let your guests find another activity in between. Otherwise maybe mention that the cocktail hour is from 4-7pm so guests don’t feel like they have to go for 3 hours before the reception begins.

Post # 5
2889 posts
Sugar bee

Our cocktail hour is set for about 1 hour 15 minutes. Like you, we are doing photos during this time and our reception and ceremony locations are about 45-60 minutes apart. I wanted to squeeze in more time so we are not rushed with photos but am also trying to plan dinner to begin before the sun goes down so I had to deal with 75 minutes. I think anywhere from 1 to 2 hours is fine for a cocktail hour.

Post # 7
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ours is an hour, from 7pm to 8pm. I think an hour and a half is fine…2 hours is pushing it, and people are going to end up drinking and eating a lot more at cocktail hour. If you can push your ceremony back a little, I think that would be good. And it sounds like either way, people will have a gap–even if you have the cocktail hour at 5, dinner at 7, the ceremony will be over at 3, and so people will have about 2 hours before cocktail hour starts?

Post # 8
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We have a cocktail “hour” going from 4 – 5:30 pm too. 

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