(Closed) Cocktail hour….with no cocktails??

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What should I do about my cocktail hour?
    Preferred location w/ no alcoholic beverages : (11 votes)
    37 %
    Alternative site w/ alcoholic beverages : (17 votes)
    57 %
    Just pay the $2000 and get them both! : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I voted for #2.  As a guest, I want drinks at a cocktail hour.  Unless something is seriously wrong with the alternate location (where it would negatively impact the guests’ experience), I think guests care more about the cocktail hour food and drink vs. being in a cool looking place.

    Post # 4
    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Thats hard, but I think I would lean towards #1.  As a bride, I would want to get my money’s worth out of the space.  As a guest, if I knew that alchohol would be served with dinner I wouldn’t mind so much, as long as food and drink was still available.  Maybe you could serve fancy sparkling juice and post a discreet sign “Full Bar will be available with dinner”?  And then I would chat about it with people you know who ask about the wedding, so they’re more aware of the situation when the time comes.

    But really, do whatever makes you and your Fiance happiest, your guests will go along with whatever you decide. 

    Post # 5
    1756 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I voted for #2. As brides, I think that we (very understandably) get caught up in our vision of the day. As a guest, though, I think the awkwardness of an alcohol-free *cocktail* hour would WAY override having to walk through the reception space into a less pretty area. I think the best way to decide is to really look at your guest list. For my wedding, our friends like to drink, and they’d be miffed if we didn’t serve booze during the cocktail hour. Your guests might be totally different.

    Post # 6
    272 posts
    Helper bee

    Will it still be daylight during the cocktail hour?  If so, I think a half-hour on the lawn sipping lemonade would be totally fine!  There would probably be only time for guests to have a drink or two anyways, so it seems like even more of a waste to upheave all your plans or spend more money.

    Post # 8
    683 posts
    Busy bee

    I think I’ve seen things like, ‘apple hour’ on oncewed.com, where they had cider, and apple pie, caramel apples, etc.


    Maybe you can do a theme of something? On the other hand, it might be confusing to not have alcohol- so maybe you should have it at the other location?… do you have pics? I wouldn’t personally mond the lack of cocktails- its your wedding- make it your own!

    Post # 11
    217 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    You don’t need to have alcohol at the cocktail hour. Don’t sacrifice your preferred venue for that.  You can have some light hors duerves or cheese/fruit displays instead… no insurance necessary.  It’s not like they won’t get alcohol later.  Plus, you don’t want them to be drunk before the reception starts.

    Post # 12
    3285 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    As a recent wedding guest…I voted for #2.  Even though I don’t drink, it sure was an awkward hour of standing around, with just water and iced tea.  

    If you go with #1 though, it would be cool to have fun drinks and snacks, plus as another bee mentioned, a cute sign that mentions that the wedding will not be totally sans-alcohol. =)

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