(Closed) Appropriate Length for Cocktail Hour

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long for cocktail hour?
    > 30 mins : (2 votes)
    5 %
    30 mins : (3 votes)
    7 %
    1 hour : (36 votes)
    84 %
    1 1/2 hours : (2 votes)
    5 %
    2 hours : (0 votes)
    2 1/2 hours : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I suggest talking to your photographer to see how much time they recommend that you will need for your pictures. Ours was 45 minutes and we didn’t do a first look, but we also had a very small/intimate wedding, so there weren’t as many pictures to get as if we would have had a larger wedding.

    Post # 4
    2600 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    An hour is typical.  Unless you’re doing additional food anythign longer than that will drag on for your guests, and anything shorter than that and you won’t get to enjoy any of it and may feel rushed at the start of the dinner reception.

    Good luck!

    Post # 5
    843 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’d say an hour is about right.

    Post # 7
    2600 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    You should be able to do the license stuff before the ceremony – most of the weddings I’ve worked with have done this.   You and him sign (you don’t need to together) if required, your witnesses sign, and the officiant does after the ceremony.. and they usually mail it in for you.  Every state is different so double check.

    Photos – you could do just the girls & just the guys beforehand without seeing each other, then just do those shots that both of you are in later.

    Also, check with your photographer, they may want to pull you out during dinner for B&G shots depending on the lighting, so that should cut back.  Also, providing them with a list of the must have shots will cut down on the time needed.  You can also appoint a friend of the family to be the people rounder upper ๐Ÿ™‚ Will cut some more time down.

    I know it’s a little sucky, but for your guests – either add some more food stations or something or keep it an hour. 


    Post # 8
    122 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i see most cocktail hours as an hr..so there’s plenty of time for a few pics after the ceremony and before the reception so the photos shows the immediate glow of marriage on the B&G’s face….but i would think if i had a huge wedding with a lot of guests…i’d probably do it according to how fast i would think ppl can get drinks and apps

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