(Closed) Cocktail hour BEFORE the ceremony? — Destination Wedding!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I went to a wedding like this, however there was a cocktail hour with drinks only before the ceremony and another one after.  It was nice to be able to have drinks before while waiting for it to start and the one after was shortened to 45 minutes

I’d also recommend you limit the cocktail hour to beer/wine if it’s before…

Post # 4
1749 posts
Bumble bee

@KaitPar1:  I think it’s a great idea. I would love to have a glass of chilled wine while everyone settles in their seat.

Post # 5
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I went to a wedding that did that except it was all in one place (lake side hotel) and we very much appriciated the cocktail hour to mingle and catch up with guests while the couple went off and took photos. No one was drunk at all we mostly drank ice water as it was the hottest day of the summer. I think it’s a great idea and you should totally do a cocktail hour before for your guests while you take photos. The wedding I attended also did a post ceremony cocktail service while everyone went through the recieving line before going in for dinner. No food was served pre-ceremony but light apps. were provided post ceremony.


Post # 6
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m not having a pre-ceremony cocktail hour but was thinking of having the caterer for my cocktail hour (which will be at the ceremony venue) set out some drinks that people could take when they arrive at the ceremony site. I wanted to create a nice, relaxed vibe where people could mingle before the wedding because I find that the atmosphere is usually kind of stiff as you’re waiting for the ceremony to start. I’ve been reading a book called the Wedding Ceremony Planner and the author, who has officiated at a lot of weddings, thinks that guests having alcoholic drinks before or during the ceremomy undermines the solemnity/”sacredness” of the event. Not sure I agree but I’m just throwing that out there. I’ve never been to a wedding where they did this so I can’t speak from personal experience.

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