Is it necessary to have cocktails during a cocktail hour?

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Do i need to serve cocktails too?
    Yes, you must serve cocktails during your cocktail hour. : (29 votes)
    30 %
    You should serve only a signature cocktail. : (9 votes)
    9 %
    No cocktails are necessary. : (60 votes)
    61 %
  • Post # 3
    842 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @sharontobemarried:  why don’t you just ask your guests to join you for music, drinks and a light snack without actually calling it a cocktail hour?

    Post # 4
    3584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I don’t think cocktails are necessary, but then offering the spirits and liqueurs could be a problem because people will want to order them.  I’d just do the beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.  $20 per cocktail is ridiculous!  My favorite waterfront martini bar charges $12 per martini, and I only get to go there as an occasional treat.


    Post # 5
    712 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Nobody will notice if you don’t have a special cocktail during cocktail hour.


    My vow renewal will simply have beer, red and white wine and champagne.


    We will have appetizers and booze during cocktail hour, but that’s it.


    We don’t want a full bar for less than 30 people.


    Post # 6
    3349 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    As long as you have food and drinks, you are good. Stuff spending an extra $3000!

    Post # 7
    4041 posts
    Honey bee

    @sharontobemarried:  Are you sure it is $20 per cocktail per person or $20 per person for the hour? Just clarying because I have never heard of a $20 drink. 

    Regardless, I think it would be fine to have an alcohol free appetizer hour with music.

    Post # 8
    11379 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @sharontobemarried:  $20/cocktail is outrageous.  (do you get a lapdance with that?)

    i think the drink package that you have is sufficient enough.

    beautiful venue btw.

    Post # 9
    2630 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I completely agree with PPs. You don’t need cocktails. I like the idea of not calling it cocktail hour. Great looking venue!

    Post # 14
    10883 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @sharontobemarried:  I had what I always refer to as an hors d’oeuvres hour, because, although we had an open bar featuring sodas, assorted juices, and iced tea, and we had a number of heavy, passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres, we did not serve alcohol.

    Post # 16
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think you need alcohol, but you don’t need “cocktails” per se.  Totally up to you.  Sounds like it’s probably not worth it price-wise unless that’s what you and your friends/family tend to drink.  I wouldn’t worry about the name – people just call it that, but consider it a drink and snack time 🙂

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