(Closed) Cocktail Hour – Bride and Groom Seen?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
644 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We were there for our cocktail hour. I’ve actually seen a bride/groom stand at the door to greet their guests coming into cocktail hour to be sure they met and thanked everyone. I thought that was an awesome idea. Kind of a different take on a receiving line.

Post # 4
10282 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

One of our main reasons for doing a first look was so that we could be at our cocktail hour. We spent a lot of money on that and we wanted to enjoy it! Most of the weddings I’ve attended didn’t have the bride and groom in attendance but we’re also the first couple of our group to do a first look. If you want to be there for your cocktail hour then do it. There’s nothing wrong with it. If anything, you’ll just get more time with your guests and you won’t be subjected to the cold hor d’ourerves that the waitstaff will bring you. 

Post # 5
6244 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I’ve been to weddings where the bride & groom are present for the cocktail hour.  It was nice to socialize with them before they hit the dance floor or sat down to eat dinner.

Post # 6
988 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re going to ours.  We both want appetizers and time to mingle – we’re kind of hoping we can avoid having to go to every table at the reception this way, although that may be a pipe dream.

Post # 7
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We joined the cocktail hour and I almost wish we didn’t. We were being pulled in ten different directions and didn’t get much to eat, which made me cranky 🙂  Although I think I would have regretted missing it. We did have some food in the bridal room before going out while I made DH try and help me with my bustle.

Post # 8
1199 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@S157947:  I think its totally normal for the bride and groom to be at their cocktail hour!  We did all of our pics beforehand, so we got to talk to all of our guests.  I wish I got to eat more of the food though, people were handing me stuff as I talked to them!

Who wants to miss out on all the good food you picked out??

Post # 9
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

To be fair, we’ve never been to a wedding where the B+G were present the entire cocktail hour. We’ve been to one where they came at the end and we knew bc it was a very small Destination Wedding. That being said, we ordered some awesome hors d’eouvres so we have every plan of making it to our cocktail hour! We’re planning to do as many photos as we can before our ceremony and we will leave a few of the “just us” photos during the cocktail hour IF the outdoor lighting is that gorgeous golden/white light.

Post # 10
3884 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you’d rather be mingling than locked away taking photos, by all means, do it. As a guest, I really dislike waiting for the bridal party to finish their photos so we can eat— no matter what the finger food situaiton at cocktail hour is like, I’m usually ready to sit down, get off my achy feet, and have a nice meal!

If you do plan to mingle more than photograph during cocktail hour, I’d recommend asking the caterer to set up a few nibbles plates for you to enjoy before heading into the party. This way, you can get something in your tummy quickly and not have to worry about being pulled away from your nibble during the cocktail hour, or having to talk with your mouth full.

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