Post # 1
I definitely want to attend my cocktail hour – or part of it – it’s my favorite part of any wedding.
For my wedding, ceremony and reception are in the same place. We are doing a first look before the ceremony and will only have a few pics to take after the ceremont. I would like to attend the second half of cocktail hour.
Should we be announced? (I don’t want to be). Will it be a madhouse with people coming up to us? I want to just mingle, have a cocktail, and a passed appetizer, and get started on greeting guests prior to walking around at dinner. When I try to imagine it I get stressed.
If you attended or plan to attend yours, how did/will it work? Anything else I should be thinking about?
Post # 3
We did not get announced. We didn’t even enter together. When I entered a group of my girlfriends had gathered at the entrance to congratulate me. It was probably one of the highlights of my evening.
Post # 4
We weren’t planning on it but since we had a gap we ended up being at cockatil hour since we were finished with pictures. We actually did a receiving line during cockatil hour so that we could see our guests and then made a speak thanking everyone at the reception part. This helped us to avoid spending the night going table to table and being able to celebrate with our guests.
Post # 5
@Ms. Dove: We attended ours. Our ceremony and reception venues were across the harbor from each other.
We spent about 30 min taking photos and then headed over to our cocktail hour in a boat. Our cocktail hour was actually an hour and a half. We weren’t announced, but the boat blew the horn as we pulled up to the dock.
Darling Husband was able to mingle better than I was but people were very good at bringing the food and drink to us if we wanted it.
The entrance was pretty fun too:
Post # 6
We will probably be announced near the end of cocktail hour (since we’re having a cocktail hour to entertain our guests while we finish up our pics). We’ll have the bridal party enter, then us, then maybe grab a drink & serve the meal shortly thereafter. We’re still working out the timeline though!
Post # 7
We got married at the same place as the reception and took all of our pictures beforehand, so we attended the cocktail hour. After the ceremony we went to the bridal suite and hung out for a little bit – they brought us food and drinks in there so we could get a bite before the madness — then just went over there. It wasn’t announced or anything, we just showed up. Yes, you can expect a lot of people to come up to you, but it wasn’t too bad. But I do think it was key that I had a little to eat before I actually entered the cocktail hour.
Before the reception started, we did the formal announcements.
Post # 8
I attended my own cocktail hour (about 15 minutes after it started) and my guests loved it. I walked around chatting to people and it was nice, comfortable and put me at ease. I wasn’t rushed as soon as I walked in. I felt like a celebrity sort of.
After cocktail hour was over, we did formal introductions (our “grand entrance”) and then our first dance.
I wouldn’t change how we did it. Why should I hide during cocktail hour? I paid good money to see my apss and enjoy my guests.
Post # 9
We didn’t attend ours. We did pictures during cocktail hour, then sent my mom inside after pictures to alert the DJ when were were finished so we could line up for introductions, seating, toasts then dinner. Worked out great!
Post # 10
Our ceremony and cocktail hour were in the same place, and they had to quickly flip the room when the ceremony was over. So we actually stayed for the FIRST part of our cocktail hour so everyone would get up right away and talk to us and the staff could rearrange the chairs, and we slipped out later on to take a couple more pictures, bustle my dress, and have a few minutes to ourselves before we were announced and made our entrance at dinner.
Post # 11
We are doing most of our photos before the ceremony as well. We are getting married outside, so I think after the short ceremony myself and Darling Husband will go back inside first and greet people as they enter the building for cocktail hour. Kind of an informal receiving line where we can still mingle a bit. I’m hoping this will allow us to actually sit down during dinner lol.
Post # 12
My cousin and her husband weren’t announced. They sort of just appeared by the food and everyone kind of left them alone so they could grab a bite before mingling with guests. At first I thought it was weird that there was no announcement, but when I saw them enjoying a little alone time before the celebration began I realized it was a nice, intimate moment that they probably cherished together.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We just walked right in and started mingling, no announcement. Here’s a photo of our enterance. We definitely felt like celebs that day, but in a happy, warm, wonderful way. We had a server assigned to tend to Mr. LK and I, and her job was to assure that our plates and glasses were never empty. That worked out well because Mr. LK and I could mingle and everything we needed would come to us.
Post # 14
We are having our cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony, in the same space. We are finishing our ceremony by doing a shot, and will walk up the aisle to the bar area and spend the hour mingling with our guests. Then we will keep the bar open for another hour for our guests when we go to get our photos. We are arranging transporation for the guests to get from the ceremony to reception venue, so we don’t have to worry about anyone drinking and driving.
Post # 15
Our ceremony and cocktail hour were in the same place, and there was about an 1/2 hour gap between the end of the cermony and when the cocktail hour started. We were off taking pictures and we missed about 45 minutes of it and I was kind of sad about it! We were introduced by a friend.
Post # 16
@Ms. Dove: We’re going to have a grand entrance after so I don’t think we’ll be attending our own cocktail hour.