(Closed) Anyone not doing a cocktail hour?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

30 minutes seems like an incredibly short window for pictures, especially if you’re trying to cram the WP/family pics into this window. People are hard to corral and you will need several shots to get one where everyone is looking decent and no one’s eyes are closed, etc.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Ours was very similar, did pictures first, a short ceremony and a cocktail hours. We finished pictures in about 20 minutes after the ceremony but spent the hour before the reception with our guests formally greeting them and taking pictures. It was my favorite part. You could skip it. It would not hurt to have the cheese and crackers out. You do not need alcohol but water, iced tea lemonade and have the time to mingle with people. Better than leaving them with nothing to do

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

It is a cocktail hour so people will expect cocktails. If you could provide half hour of cocktails then it could be your appy medium

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

DoubleA903:  That sounds fine. I have been to a few weddings where there was cheese, crackers and veggies. The guests were happy to have something to munch on. Snacks and a drink would make most people happy

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

DoubleA903:  I think I would be happy waiting for half an hour with no alcohol as long as there were snacks and something to drink, which it sounds like you’ve got covered. The only thing that would really help is to inform guests beforehand. Expectations are important. You can do that beforehand and/or on a schedule in the ceremony program or on a sign near the cocktail “hour” area.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

What if you started your ceremony at 5:30.  Done by 5:45, guests move toward reception area where bar opens about the time they get there. 

If you truly don’t have many photos to do, other than with you and hubby, you’ll be able to join your guests fairly quickly.  

Post # 11
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Busy bee

DoubleA903:  At the relatively small number of weddings that I’ve attended, there’s been a champagne/sparkling wine toast for the time where the couple have gone off to get photos done.

 

For example, our reception was held at a different venue as our ceremony. We had arranged transport from the ceremony to our reception, and had made sure that our wedding parties and our families were at the reception venue before the rest of the guest, making sure we had a little extra time for photos after getting to our reception venue after the ceremony. We didn’t take our bridal party and family photos until slightly late in the evening anyway, but that was our preference.

 

We did have a welcome toast once people had arrived at the reception, as is the local tradition in weddings where there’s a difference between a single venue event and one where the ceremony is carried out in one place and where the reception is held somewhere else.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by  Laululintu.
Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

That might actually be a good idea.  We did a cocktail hour, but yeah our ceremony and reception were on the same grounds/venue and so it might have been better off skipping it. Oh well, lol.

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