Post # 1
So, I personally have never attended a weding with a “cocktail hour”. My family has usually gotten married in the same church and had their reception at the same place. So people usually just talk around at church and then make our way over to the reception hall. No cocktail hour or anything.
Well we are getting married and having the reception at the same venue so we will be having one while we take pictures. SOOOOOOOOOOO here is the question is food a must for the cocktail hour? What do people do, just drinnk and mingle, anybody do anything really fun to keep guests entertained?
Post # 3
We’re having a fruit and cheese set up for our cocktail hour. It was my mom’s choice. Since the wedding is at 5, and dinner won’t start till about 7, she felt it was important to feed them.
I’m guessing people will just mingle and catch up. My family is spread all over the country, so it’s a good time for them to visit.
The DJ will be set up and he’ll be playing some fun music to keep things lively.
Post # 4
I agree with Candy Nee, some food is good that way they don’t drink too much before hand and it gives them something to snack on for a little bit! cheese displays, crudites..bread boards..stuff like that
Post # 5
there’s usually appetizers. i don’t know if it’s a must, but it’s nice to have. usually guests just mingle, eat, and drink. once i went to a wedding where they had someone doing silhouettes, which kept guests entertained, and it was our favor. but usually we just mingle.
Post # 6
Cocktail hour around the New England area conists of hor’dorves (sp) and an open bar. Every wedding I have been to and every place we looked at usually had 4-5 passed appetizers and a cheeses and crackers display as well as a full bar for the hour. I would check with your venue and see what they offer.
We are also getting a band to play during cocktail hour, but it’s not a must to have music.
Post # 7
Oh I think a cocktail hour is a nice way for you to surprise your family with something “different” from their norm.
I personally love cocktail hour! I love finger food!!! We are having a fee different cheese and fruit stations and them a few hot hor dourves walked around. We’re having a pianist who sounds just like michael buble too! And I think this is a fun time that our signature cocktail will be used. Cocktail hour is anice way for your guests to mingle, talk about the ceremony, and introduce themselves to people they don’t know. GO FOR IT! cocktail hour rocks!
Post # 8
I’ve never attended a wedding with a cocktail hour either. But by law, if you serve alcohol, you must also serve substantial food at the same time. Otherwise you have drunk, sick guests immediately after. From what I have been told though is that people just mingle during that time and that the bride and groom join their guests for the entire duration. Entertainment is typically background music of your choice but you can do whatever you want.
Also, cocktail hours consist of 2-3 pieces per person of appetizers so that people have room for the dinner that is being served afterward.
Post # 9
If there is going to be a break in between to take pictures, especially if it is a wedding during dinner time, you should supply some food for your guests to munch on. It doesnt have to be anything elaborate, but just something to keep the guests from getting restless. I dont think you necissarily have to provide any entertainment. Our venue is just going to provide background music during cocktail hour.
Post # 10
Wow it’s just so interesting to see different customs around the country. Where I’m from (new york metro area) people usually look forward to the cocktail hour as being the best part of the wedding! It always seems to have the best food and the biggest amount of choices. Ours is going to be 90 minutes long and I can’t wait to go to it. Gotta take really fast pictures! 😉
Post # 11
We are having our wedding outside…cocktail hour outside on the patio (everything is at the same venue).
I’ve NEVER been to a wedding that DIDN’T have a cocktail hour. We are having one….passed appetizers, no cheese tray, music playing, and somewhat of an open bar (we are putting $1000 down, once its gone its back to cash bar).
Post # 12
Cocktail hours are my favorite! I love French jazz music and all things French but we weren’t sure how to incoorporate it into the wedding. So we are doing a French-inspired cocktail hour. I have my jazz playlist, we are having French cheeses, a fresh fruit display, some French appetizers and our signature cocktail (a twist on a French 75).
We were going to do a video game theme (the Mister was a pro-gamer, yeah, I know) with Mario Brothers theme playing but we couldn’t make it work … and I was OKAY with that!!
But have fun with it! It was the cheapest part for us to be creative with.
Post # 13
Are you eating a full dinner right after? I’d say just go for cocktails, don’t need to have all that food twice! Plus appetizers can get expensive, one caterer I talked to said people tend to eat more than normal if it’s little tiny portions!! Then your dinner would go to waste.
Like the Jazz idea…
What time’s the wedding? If the cocktail hour is earlier, I’d say no food but if it’s like 7 people might be getting hungry…
Post # 14
I don’t know if it’s really ‘necesary’. All weddings are different, you can do whatever you want to do. In my opinion though, its the best idea. People love to eat and are happy when they eat, so make your guests happy 🙂 I’m incorporating food into every inch of my wedding, little treats here and there. when i think back to all the weddings i’ve been to, i remember the food the most~~