(Closed) another name for cocktail hour?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This might just be a local thing, but around here no one calls it cocktails, everyone calls it the reception.  As in, “reception at 5p, dinner at 6p.” 

Post # 4
4 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t know you have a theme, but you could call it some that ties into that, like if you have a movie theme you could call it “intermission” or a Halloween theme would be the “bewitching hour”.

You could also call it “tasting hour” “relish hour” “snack time”

Sorry, just having fun with it.

Post # 5
272 posts
Helper bee

I agree with @lilybay, you don’t need to call it anything.  It’s just the beginning of the reception.  If it’s taking place in a different location than the rest of the reception, you could put something in the programs like: “Please proceed to the garden for refreshments after the ceremony.  Dinner will be served in the Main Hall.”  Even still that seems unnecessary.


If you feel like you really, really need a title, you could call it Intermezzo.

Post # 6
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have heard it called a “social hour” before and I liked that.

Post # 7
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree with rachel – My cousin is having a “Social hour” followed by dinner.

Post # 8
435 posts
Helper bee

I’d just say hors d’ oeuvres at 5, dinner to follow; or hors d’ oeuvres at 5 followed by dinner at 6.

Post # 10
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

maybe social hour?

Post # 11
4485 posts
Honey bee

Call it hors d’oeurves. People will figure it out.

Post # 12
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re not having cocktails at our “social hour” and I have struggled with this too. We just say “hors d’eourves”.

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