Post # 1
So we are having a “cocktail hour” – there won’t be cocktails, just appetizers and smoothies, and it won’t be an hour, more like 30 – 40 minutes. But its basically a mingling time on the patio before we are introduced and the reception begins inside the tent.
So the question I have is — how much seating do we need? We don’t know how many guests we are having, but it will be 150-200. The “cocktail hour” will be taking place on the patio but the entire backyard will be open for guests to mingle, and there will be two or three park benches in the backyard for people to sit on. My mom says we only need three or four tables with ten to fifteen chairs for the older people since people will stand around and its only for about half an hour, but I feel like we should offer more than that. What are you doing?
Also, did you have centerpieces on your cocktail hour tables? I didn’t account for that in our floral budget and feel like since people won’t be there long, its not necessary, but then again its the first thing they see. We will have potted plants on the patio and there will market umbrellas for shade, so its not like there won’t be ambiance.
Post # 3
All cocktail hours that I have been to don’t have a lot of seating. At most of them we just stand around and mingle with friends. I don’t you have to worry about chairs for everyone. The park benches and few chairs for older members sounds fine.
I also don’t think you need center pieces. Instead of flowers at the tables you could put something different. You can do candles or picture frames.
Post # 4
Hi, the cocktail hours that I’ve been to really didn’t have much seating either… one was at a destination wedding that overlooked the sea- so people just sat on sort of the ‘ledge’. And another one I went to had just a couple of chairs, where the old people would sit down, but most people were mingling and taking photos anyway!
The wedding I went to didn’t have any centre pieces or anything like that, but at the other one, my cousin’s, he had a friend someone play the guitar and sing. That was really nice…
Post # 5
Yeah, the cocktail hour shouldn’t have a lot of chairs because people will use them! Lol. And if they sit in the chairs they’re not walking around mingling. So ya don’t need too many. What your Mom suggested should be fine. And I wouldn’t worry about centerpieces either, maybe a few votives but you don’t need to break the bank. Its the reception that people will love, and you’ll have the unveiling of it after the cocktail hour so that’s where the centerpieces count :o)
Post # 6
Thanks everyone – you’re right, jennifer, we don’t want too many people sitting!