(Closed) activities during the cocktail hour

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4485 posts
Honey bee

Why not just let them mingle?

Post # 4
156 posts
Blushing bee

love love love photobooths!

make sure to leave your guestbook out so everyone can sign it during the down time!

Post # 5
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If there are tables you could leave a crossword on the table with clues about you as a couple.

Post # 6
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Get a swing dance instructor for them for that hour. Gives them a chance to mingle and learn to dance. I had someone do this and it was a hit

Post # 7
37 posts
  • Wedding: February 2018

Hi! Good on you for thinking about your guests’ comfort. Conversation starters are always welcome, especially at something like a wedding where guests might not know each other.

I think it was Gabe and Thryn’s wedding (google it) that had name tags with “Ask me about…” printed on each one. The bride and groom had brainstormed three or four things about each guest that they knew would get that guest talking. For example, one such tag might read, “Kathy / Ask me about / * Visiting Morocco / * My 8th-grade prank / * Why I drive a yellow car.”

Several of the Bees have made boxes of mementos from their relationship for people to look through during the cocktail hour. You have to be willing to let people handle your stuff, or you could take a photo of each item instead. It would be nice to tie a tag to each prop explaining its significance.

We’ve seen weddings where guests play oversized table games like Jenga, or the hosts have provided croquet or petanque.

At our engagement party, we gave each guest short lengths of red wool to exchange when they introduced themselves to someone new. Only the lengths that they received from another person counted towards their total. Between dinner and dessert, we gave a prize to the person with the most lengths. Some people didn’t make an effort, but our more gregarious guests introduced themselves to the quieter ones and helped everyone feel welcome.

Post # 8
1482 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I feel like the cocktail hour always flies by so quickly, since most people are mingling and chatting.  I don’t think you necessarily *need* an activity but it is nice that you are thinking of your guests!  My friends had a “wish tree” for people to write them wishes for their marriage, and that seemed to be a nice distraction. 


Post # 9
11824 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

Mrs. Kitten made trivia cards for her cokctail hour with questions about her and Mr. Kitten.  They were a big hit!

Post # 10
683 posts
Busy bee

These ideas are great!

Post # 11
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

If your wedding is going to be outside, then simple outdoor games are always a hit. We had horseshoes 🙂

Post # 12
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Some awesome suggestions here! 

I love photobooths, but I suggest having them during the dinner portion of the event instead of the cocktail hour for a few reasons:

[email protected] cocktail hour people might not yet be warmed up enough to get in the photobooth. In My Humble Opinion, the best photobooth shots come towards the end of the night, when people are really in the party spirit and/or tipsy.  🙂

-there is quite a large chance that all of your guests won’t get a turn & some may not even notice the photobooth during cocktail hour.  If you have the photobooth in the cocktail hour space for the duration of the reception, people will either forget about it or be disappearing from the party. 

-if you & Fiance are not attending the cocktail hour, you won’t be able to take any photobooth shots. 


Post # 13
4566 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i was going to suggest croquet! Or putt putt somehow.

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