Cocktail hour or not?

posted 2 months ago in Reception
  • poll: Have a cocktail hour?
    Yes, have a cocktail hour! Rude not to! : (62 votes)
    91 %
    No, don't bother! People can amuse themselves! : (3 votes)
    4 %
    Nobody will care, do what you want! : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 16
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    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2019

    You can’t get anywhere or do anything in Vegas in an hour.  It takes 30+ minutes just to walk from one end of Caesars to the other.  You need a cocktail hour.

    Post # 17
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    1341 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I think you need the cocktail hour as well. Some people may wander but a lot will stay put and mingle so you should have drinks/food/a space available for your guests.

    Post # 18
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    291 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    Like some others have said, cocktail hour is my favorite part of the wedding.  It’s the time when you can grab a drink and organically mingle with all the other guests.  I also always wish they were longer – no matter what, the dinner announcement will always cut off whatever interesting conversation I’m having and then I’m not seated with the cool person I was just talking to (though luckily there are generally other cool people at the table to talk to).

    The cocktail hour at my own wedding was incredible, or so I’ve heard from my parents and guests – the part about it that sucked was that husband and I missed most of it from taking additional pics after the ceremony.  The venue was fantastic, though, and when we arrived (via back door, so we we could sneak around and make a grand entrance down the staircase), they’d set up a back room for us with a pair of each appetizer (we wouldn’t have been able to have any otherwise) and a bottle of champagne and also two huge glasses of ice water.  We could catch our breath and get my dress bustled before joining the reception.

    So yeah, the cocktail hour is always super fun for guests, and is a perfect distraction for them while you take extra pictures/catch a breather/whatever.

    Post # 20
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    597 posts
    Busy bee

    My guests LOVED the cocktail hour. It was the best time for them to get caught up with each other (instead of just the people at their table), like a giant family reunion. They were also hungry so I know they appreciated all the snacks while they waited

    Post # 21
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    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2023

    annabananabee :  So what happens with the Catholic gap which can often be 3-4 hours. I have never met anyone who entertained people for that length of a gap. 

    Post # 22
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    5332 posts
    Bee Keeper

    zenith :  There are often events to entertain guests during the “Catholic Gap” from hotel hospitality suites to small house gatherings to hosted events at local bars. With a three or four hour gap at least you can do something, even take a nap and change clothes for the evening–an hour/hour and a half in Las Vegas leaves guests with few options. 

    Post # 23
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    678 posts
    Busy bee

    mintjulep20 :  To me of all the weddings I have been to, the only MUST is to feed your guests promptly. No one wants to show up at the reception and sit at their tables waiting for food for more than 45 minutes. Best wedding I ever went to had us enter the room for the reception and within 10 minutes of us sitting down, they came around to serve the salad course. People ate while speaches happened, then dancing. It was perfection. No one wants to wait to eat. As long as you start the food within 30 minutes of the reception starting at the latest you will have happy guests. 

    Post # 24
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    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2023

    beethree :  As I said I’ve never seen it and I lived in a large Polish, Catholic community. There was never anything planned and unless you were out of town you wouldn’t have a hotel.  

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