(Closed) Cocktail Hour Centerpieces

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If the cocktail hour is in the same location as the reception, just use the reception set up.  If not, I think candles and maybe some scattered flower petals would be nice, simple, and similar enough to your reception centerpieces to look tied together nicely.

Post # 4
8422 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012


Maybe just a few candles and petals. I don’t think the coctail hours needs to be as fancy as the reception or anything….just keep it simple!


Post # 5
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

we went with super simple bud vases with a few white flowers in each.  we just told the florist to use left over flowers from our other arrangements.  she didn’t even charge us for them.

Post # 6
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I agree with everyone to keep it simple, simple flowers in a small vase, or simple candles. 

I will throw an idea out there that I did, where we put memory boxes on each of the cocktail tables. Each memory box was different stages of life of my husband and I (babies, toddlers, pre-teen, teens, etc.) and was filled with photos and small trinkets from our childhood. Overall our guests liked them (and it also gave our inlaws a chance to get to know us,) and it gave them something to look at during cocktail hour. 

Post # 7
8422 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@AnnieAAA:  Wow that is such a neat idea!!

Post # 8
46647 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with the pp. Keep it small and relatively simple. It is nice for your guests to have room to put down a purse, camera etc besides their glass.

This is a cute one for a cocktail hour that is an easy DIY. You can use those inexpensive martini glasses from the $ store and just a few flowers.

A couple more simple ideas

Post # 9
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@julies1949:  wow that margherita glass idea is incredibly cute, good idea!


But yes- keep it simple.. no need to use lots of resources ($$) to decorate the area

Post # 10
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I too do NOT think it’s necessary to do anything special during cocktail hour. Most people are standing and milling around and won’t even remember. I remember the centerpieces from the reception (1/2 lit lanterns and the other 1/2 flowers) but STRUGGLING to remember the cocktail hour tables!

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