(Closed) Cocktail Hour?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t think an extra half hour of cocktail hour is too bad- as long as there is food and drinks available, my friends would be pretty happy about that! I don’t understand the golfing thing- are guests really going to play golf during cocktail hour?? I can’t imagine they’d even be dressed to play. Maybe I read that wrong?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@celticbride:  I think it’s fine! Our wedding will be similar. Ceremony at 4 pm, cocktail hour “officially” begins at 5pm, but I most people will head over to the balcony around 4:30ish and they said it could begin whenever people get there. Reception starts at 6. People would rather have an hour and a half cocktail hour than be sitting around for 30 mins!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our cocktail hour was a lil over an hour. We were not there during that hour because of photos and we did have to go from our ceremony to reception. An hour and a half does seem a lil long especially since ur doing a first look and I personally would not want people to be golfing during that time, they came for youtowed ding, not to golf.  I don’t think it needs to be mentioned on the invitation, I think most people expect a cocktail hour at weddings. since we got served our dinner first and  everyone else was buffet, we got done eating earlier than our guests and were able to mingle during that time (went to each table thanking people and so on). Just enjoy the day, if your really worried about it ask your photographer and venue how long cockroach average cocktail hour is and how lonoh photos will take . Good luck!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Uggghh sorry I don’t know why my ipad auto corrected that to “cockroach” it was supposed to say “their”

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i had my wedding at a country club (golf course) and there were a lot of places to have pics done without going to a secondary location.  my photographer went to the venue the week prior to check out different spots for photos. is this what you are asking?

we had 95% of our pics done prior to the ceremony and that way we could enjoy the cocktail hour, or i should say, hour and a half with our guests and have more casual pics taken with them.  there was stationary food and passed hors d’ouevres and open bar.  the time flew by.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@lunathea:  will 1.5 hours be enough time?  is it close?  if you have food and drinks flowing, guests will be fine just mingling amongst themselves.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think you will be fine with 1.5 hours as long as there’s plenty of food and drinks available to your guests. Assuming your wedding guests know at least one other person/couple there, they can easily entertain themselves like they would at any other cocktail party. I think the only time we’ve ever felt like the cocktail hour dragged on and on was at a very very very small Destination Wedding where we basically didn’t know anyone and the food and drinks were coming out very sporadically.

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