RECEPTION: IS COCKTAIL HOUR NECESSARY?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

People on the Bee complain about gaps, after the ceremony, all the time. For guest comfort, if the ceremony and dinner are in the same building, you really need to provide some sort of refreshments, and seating, between 2:30 and 4:30. Thinking of the average venue hallway size, I don’t know how you could make that work?  Can you tell your vendors that the set-up will have to be complete in time for your guests to enter the room, if it involves guest tables/seating?

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

lololovely:  As far as I’m concerned your vendors should be working to your timings, not you to theirs. So I would just tell them that everything needs to be set up by 2.30 ready for cocktail hour. 

Unless the hall way is very large and has seating, I can’t really see it working; I can see it getting crowded and people getting antsy if they’re left hanging about in a  cramped hall for up to 1.5/2 hours. 

As far as drinks and ccanapés go I see no issue with having them laid out on tables if there’s space, though I think it’s preferable to have a waiter circulate with them. This is something you should speak to the caterers about. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Hanover Grande Ballroom

i would tell your vendors that they need to be ready to serve your guests! youre paying them 🙂

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

lololovely:  Agree with PPs, let your servers know when you need them. They can put out the food and circulate to pick up dishes and whatnot.

I don’t see an issue with the self serve hot coco station, I think it’s super cute for a winter wedding, you might want to have a few non alcoholic drinks available too for people who don’t drink or like hot chocolate. Nothing crazy, just some pop and water.

I’m assuming this wouldn’t be an option unless the hall was large enough to hold everyone. Put some tables and chairs around if you can, and as long as it’s not more than an hour it should be fine.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

The beverges you indicated you would offer seem to me, at last, more suited to after dinner beverages.  Hot chocoate nd whipped cream are extremely sweet and I personally would hesitate to offer them as pre-dinner choices.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

lololovely:  I would prefer it to be at the reception site, especially if I am having cocktails. I wouldn’t want to have some drinks then drive to the reception.

The hall sounds plenty room enough. We were considering one venue that had the same lay out except it was all in one building. The ceremony was in one room, then cocktail hour in the hall (large hall with tables, chairs, couches) then another room at the end of the hall where the reception would be. I see no issues with that, it’s nice to have a change of scenery. A lot of weddings I go to we go from the ceremony to reception hall and wait in there while pictures are done. Makes for a long night.

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