(Closed) Cocktail hour first

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

My husband’s uncle did something similar for his wedding. There was a bar set up with lemonade, sweet tea, and vodka. It was actually really great since the wedding was at 5pm on a Saturday in August, so drinking an alcoholic Arnold Palmer under a big tree was pretty relaxing. Adding in some light snacks wouldn’t be bad.

I don’t really know if it needs to be specifically called out on the invitations, but if she wants to, your daughter could refer to it as a “welcome reception.”

Post # 18
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m not the biggest fan, but I don’t think it’s a terrible idea. People will have a drink or two, mingle, and then go to the ceremony — an hour isn’t enough time to get drunk, especially if you serve apps with the cocktails. 

I agree with the phrasing for “Welcome Cocktails at 3:00pm, Ceremony at 4:00 pm, Reception to follow immediately” or something like that.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I personally haven’t been to a wedding like this but its definitely a traditional for jewish weddings. I have a lot of friends that are very jewish and they are actually shocked/surprised when there isn’t a cocktail hour before the wedding

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m getting married Sunday & we’re doing this. We’re calling it the pre-ceremony cocktail mingle. It gives people a chance to grab a drink, find their seat & chill before the ceremony. That way no one feels rushed & I mean who doesn’t need a drink before a wedding lol

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