Post # 17
Thanks for all the post and suggestions!
In case you were wondering my desire to list the cocktail hour separetly from the reception the answer is simple: ALL of our guest are traveling from out of town and there is a time gap between ceremony and "cocktail hour" during which I suspect people will explore the area. It is not necessary for people to show up on time (or even at all) to the cocktail hour but it is important for the reception. But this is just my thought process 🙂
Post # 18
We are spelling out cocktails (which will be 2 signature mixed drinks) because this will be located in a different area of the reception building a 1/2 prior to the doors opening to the reception hall. This is primarily for the out of town people (about 120 people) because there will be a gap in between the ceremony and the reception. The gap is going to be about 3 hrs., but this way it will shorten their time, and with them not knowing how long it will take to get to the reception, if they arrive early it will give them something to do. This gives them somewhere to go since they don’t know the area. Once the doors open, a full bar will then be served.
I think if the beer/wine and appetizers are in the same area where dinner will be served and dancing etc., there really is no need to specify. Most people will plan on coming in grabbing something small to eat, a drink and socializing while waiting for the bride and groom to make their entrance!