Post # 1
My wedding is taking place at a big lodge. The ceremony will be out in a meadow on the property, then dinner will be on the lodge lawn followed by the traditional dances and toasts and such, and late night dancing will be inside in this cool nightclub-esque room.
My concern is about the cocktail hour. Since it will take place in the same place as dinner, it seems really odd to me to just have my guests chill for an hour and wait for us to finish pictures. We will play music and they will have beer (regular stuff as well as stuff my brother is brewing specifically for the wedding) and wine and signature drinks, but what else should we provide them? Are they really ok just hanging out for an hour?
I have only been to one real wedding my whole life and I was six, so I don’t know what’s normal!
Post # 3
Cocktail hour is a great time for guests to mingle. Personally, it’s my favorite part of the wedding.
Post # 4
You could provide hors d’oeuvres as well. That always seems to be a big hit during cocktail hour.
Post # 6
Cocktail hour it definitely normal. I agree with maggielou52; I would definitely consider providing light hors d’oeurvres during that time. Not only does it give the guests something else “to do,” but it helps soften an hour of “straight drinking” that could lead to trouble. Is your dinner area on the lawn under a tent? How much extra space is there on the peripheral? You could add some hi-tops and mismatched “cocktail tables” on the side which may encourage more mingling, rather than everyone just going straight to their seats at their dinner tables right away.
Post # 7
WE had our cocktail hour at the same spot as our ceremony and I provided some snack type items… it was actually a mocktail as there was no alcohol. The snacks were well received and was gone and devoured by the time the ceremony and receiving line was over. I think people munched on stuff beforehand too while waiting for the ceremony to start.
I didn’t do anything big or fancy (my caterer provided apps before dinner as well).