(Closed) Coctail Hour Invite Wording

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If there is a cocktail hour then I would assume it was an open bar.  I wouldn’t want to actually put the words “cash bar” on my formal invitations though.  But you don’t want your guests to get the wrong idea.  So maybe there is some more creative way to word it that gets the point across…I however don’t have any wonderful ideas 🙁

Post # 5
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Helper bee

You don’t even need to mention the cocktail hour on the invitations, in my opinion.  Can’t you just say that the reception begins at four o’clock?  I know there have been many posts on cash bars and how to let guests know, so I would do a quick search of the boards and see if any posts address your situation.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Hmm.. could you say something like,

“Reception at four o’clock

Dinner will be served at half past five”?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I have seen invites that specify the time for the cocktail hour and dinner separately. Like Cocktail Hour 5 PM, Dinner 6 PM.

I do think though that if it is said that way that people will assume that drinks are free. Are any of the drinks free (soda, iced tea, etc.)? I think as long as there is something that is free for everyone you wouldn’t need to say anything about the cash bar, but I’ve never been to a wedding with a cash bar so I’m not sure.

Good luck!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i think it might depend where you’re from.  where our wedding is being held, cash bars are the norm, so stating there is a cocktail hour doesn’t necessarily imply “open” bar.  I’m not sure how that might work relative to other geographic locations though.

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