(Closed) Cocktail hour activities

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

honestly, I don’t think activities are necessary. This is when people will get to greet each other, catch up, and have some snacks/drinks.  I think if you did plan something no one would bother anyway.  I wouldn’t worry about keeping anyone busy during this time.

Post # 4
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Rainforest wedding, beachfront restaurant reception

I like the idea of giving guests something to do during a long cocktail hour. It can sometimes be awkward for guests, especially if they don’t know anyone else at the wedding, to just stand around for an hour or more. Some kind of interactive guest book might work well during this time. At my wedding, we had props for a photo guest book and from the photos, people seemed to really get into it. Miss Martini recently posted about doing a scrap book guest book and this seems like something that would be fun for people to do during the cocktail hour. I’ll bet that with plenty of time available, people would make some pretty intricate scrap book pages. 

Post # 5
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with having activities. That’s a long cocktail hour and entertainment would be nice. We’re having a steel drum band. Also, the dice thing you suggested might be fun. Any sort of photo taking would be nice as well. This will all get people talking and excited for what is yet to come!

Post # 6
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We’re including activities during our cocktail hour, including the photo shoot w/props. The few people to whom I’ve mentioned this idea loved it (though I knew they would — you can’t keep my friends away from a camera ). Fiance remains skeptical, saying his friends won’t leave the general area of the bar…so I think it really depends on who your guests are.

Post # 7
236 posts
Helper bee

I don’t know that regular games are such a good thing. However, I’ve heard about memory boxes on the tables with pictures and items from childhood or courtship. Make everyone differnt and it encourages people to circulate and meet people.  Or you could have a slide show or video for people to watch with pictures of you and your families as you grew up or maybe telling the story of how you met. You could ad a voice over or slides with some explaination.

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