(Closed) Cocktail Hour Length – How Long is Too Long?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2742 posts
Sugar bee

Sounds about right. They are usually anywhere from half an hour to an hour. Never been to anything longer.

Post # 4
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I don’t think that seems long.

Then again – we did ours from 5pm-6:30 and it was fine – guests entertained themselves with food (passed and stations), full bar, photobooth and live music.  I was REALLY concerned about the length of time (and people being bored) but my honest reviewers said it was fine.

Also – as long as you have enough appetizers being passed, you should be fine!

Cocktail hours that have seemed long to me have one or all of these in common:

-No where to sit, nothing to eat, nothing free to drink (not even punch!!)


Post # 5
10365 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Well, your cocktail hour is…..an hour. That’s what people expect. If anything, it should start sooner. The venue should be open for the guests and ready with refreshments as soon as they may arrive, which sounds like it could be as early as 5:15?

Post # 6
4824 posts
Honey bee

Its always my favorite part of weddings. I don’t like being told to sit down and stop having fun. I think you are fine!

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