Wedding Cocktail hour

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@acmckay589:  Honestly, if I had the choice to go to a foodless, drinkless cocktail hour or just an hour gap, I’d rather have an hour gap.

Post # 4
42157 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@acmckay589:  I would  not recommend that she invite her guests to a cocktail hour without serving any food or beverages.

If she can’t afford to host a cocktail hour, I suggest she not have one.

I would rather go somehere and purchase my own beverages to kill time between the ceremony and dinner, than stand around with nothing.

Post # 5
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think they could probably skip on [alcoholic] drinks, and offer water, or sparkling ciders or even soda, but there should be something to munch on.

Post # 6
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@acmckay589:  If there is a gap in time between the ceremony and the reception and the budget doesn’t allow for refreshments after the ceremony, she could just give some suggestions of place where people can go nearby, before the reception begins. No need to hold them in a room with nothing to eat or drink! Guests will likely coordinate with one another and entertain themselves before the reception begins. 

Post # 7
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Heh? How is it a cocktail hour without at least some soda’s and a snack? What are people going to do stand around and stare at each other? 

Post # 8
4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

If she’s really trying to save money, maybe she should do a morning/brunch wedding. Your food costs are much lower, and you can have bloody mary/mimosas. Yum!

Post # 9
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@acmckay589:  I’ve been to a wedding with a no-food, no-drink cocktail hour.

It was HORRIBLE–People started leaving before they’d even cut the cake!

Post # 12
1022 posts
Bumble bee

I would be annoyed if I went to a cocktail hour that had no cocktails or food for that matter. I would wonder why the hell I’m here. I could have gone somewhere for a snack. To me it would sour my experience a little.

Post # 13
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Is the cocktail hour the entire reception or just a space filler between ceremony and reception? Are the reception and ceremony in the same location? If they’re in the same location she can’t just have an hour gap with nothing. 

Post # 14
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@acmckay589:  Something I saw recently was a caricature artist! SO cool. I think she charged $125 for the first hour, and $100 per hour after that…

Or you could do a DIY photobooth and have someone take pictures of each family with a digital camera, DIY some props..

For food can they DIY fruit and veggie trays? Or meat and cheese?

Post # 15
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

@remijp:  I would MUCH rather go somewhere and get a bite (and a drink, if I’m honest) than wait around somewhere. In fact, knowing there would be a gap, that’s exactly what I would try and arrange.

Post # 16
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Or even only serve champagne, wine and get a self-serve keg of beer? There are a lot of options! Obviously I don’t know what her budget is though.

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