(Closed) Plans for cocktail hour time

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: cocktail hour use of time
    spend it alone with your new husband : (2 votes)
    4 %
    spend it starting the greeting process : (35 votes)
    78 %
    other - please do tell : (8 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
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    3265 posts
    Sugar bee

    It is hard enough to get around to everyone during the wedding.  It’s best to get a head start on it.

    Post # 4
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    3182 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I voted greeting people but we will probably play it by ear and just do whatever we feel like at the time. Spend a couple minutes getting our license signed and then decide if we want to chill or join everyone else.

    Post # 5
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    1715 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We plan on doing pictures. We would like to send everyone away and just have some good shots of the both of us. Our cocktail hour is an hour and thats the time our photographer expects to spend getting shots. I promissed FI he can get an icecream sunday (what we are serving for the cocktail hour) even if hes not there.

    Post # 7
    Bee
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

    @Natalieh86:  <– What she said! 🙂

    Right now we’re planning on joining everyone, but if we’re feeling overwhelmed we might just take that time to ourselves.

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I spent our cocktail hour mingling with guests, which was great! I don’t think I would have been able to chat with everyone if we hadn’t of done that.

    Post # 9
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    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    People attend their own cocktail hours!?  Haha, that’s news to me!  Every wedding I’ve ever been to, the bride and groom (and others) were having photos taken during that time and that’s what we’ll be doing, too.

    Post # 10
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    5658 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @Juliepants:  Well if you do a first look, you’re free during the cocktail hour! 🙂 My guests expected that the bride and groom would disappear between the ceremony and reception and many told me that they really appreciated that we were present at our own party instead.

    Post # 12
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    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We finished pictures early so we greeted everyone and did a receiving line from our cocktail hour into our reception and then made a speach to still be able to see everyone and avoid going from table to table. The receiving line wasn’t planned but it worked out great. Also we didn’t receive any negative comments about not going table to table and actually go to enjoy our wedding.

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We’re doing a first look and taking tons of pictures before the wedding, so after the ceremony we’ll probably take a couple more but we fully intend to join cocktail hour to spend time with our guests and enjoy the experience.

    I do have to say though, if you’re planning on doing a big grand entrance with your bridal party, you may want to stay away for cocktail hour.  It seems very awkward to me to have the bridal party out and about, then have to ‘hide’ to be announced again.  Everyone’s already seen you, you know? 

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We have a gap between the church and reception so we will have pictures done by then. My venue is going to have a selection of food from the cocktail hour available to us in the bridal suite (we are having a ton of food) so we’ll probably munch a bit and then make our way in 15-20 minutes in and mingle a bit.

    I am having a pretty elaborate cocktail hour – I really want to at experience at least half of it.

    We will go around to tables during the dinner to do our formal greetings.

    Post # 15
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    3978 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Why not cut it in half? Part of the time with new hubby and half joining the cocktail hour.

    Post # 16
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We’re doing photos beforehand, so after the last few during the cocktail hour, we’re getting introduced and coming in to the cocktail hour.  We’ll also be doing our first dance around then too, so we’re messing with the order of things, anyway!

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