(Closed) Cocktail Hour: seating or standing??

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Seating or standing at cocktail hour?
    high tops are perfectly fine! : (10 votes)
    27 %
    more seats the better : (6 votes)
    16 %
    a few seats will be fine : (21 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 3
    4439 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    A very few seats for the elderly and mostly high tops.  We attended a wedding this summer with a ton of low tables that seated 8 people each and only one was occupied with the grandparents, they took up too much room, blocked the bar, most people are up and visiting during this time IMO.

    Post # 4
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We had seating available for about 40% of guests during cocktail hour. Generally people didn’t take a seat and stay there the entire time. They sat and chatted/munched/drank for a bit, then moved to another group of people in another section. It was very free flow.

    Post # 5
    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    People sit for the ceremony, they sit for dinner, I know I personally like to alternate in life between sitting and standing lol. During cocktail hours people like to mill around and catch up with people and gossip about the ceremony hehe

    Post # 6
    4895 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I’d get enough seats for the older people, plus a few extras, and let the rest stand or use the high tops. Cocktail hour is usually a socialization time, so people will be standing and talking a lot. 

    Post # 7
    2457 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We had 4 low tables, so 16 chairs. We also had 4 high tops – it seemed to work out great. I think people generally like to mingle during that time anyway. It probably helped that the cocktail hour was near some planters also, so people could sit on those too, if they wanted 🙂

    Post # 8
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I think as long as you have some chairs and low tables for the older folks, the younger/able-bodied won’t bum rush the chairs because cocktail hour is for mingling anyway.  I’ve never seen a cocktail hour where the chairs were taken up by anyone other than the over-70 set.

    Post # 9
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I think most people will be milling around talking to each other. I attended a wedding earlier this year where cocktail hour was where dinner was. So we all had tables and seats but 90% of people just stood around and talked. 

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