Post # 1
Hey bees! I’m trying to think of fun activities and things for guests to enjoy during our cocktail hour. Fi and I think this is a good spot to have more of our personality shine through.
Our cocktail hour may run an hour and a half with photos we’re taking.
We’ll have at least 150 guests, potentially more. There’ll be a lot of family meetups/reunions going on so I think despite having entertainment, many guests may just have a good time meeting up with cousins/aunts/uncles/etc.
There’ll be 2 outside areas (small garden with outside bar, outside hall-ish area that faces circle driveway) for people to walk around/sit and one inside area (hall of ballroom, doors to ballroom will be closed until reception). With that many guests, we were worried about how tight things may get, but I think with 3 areas for them to flow, this can work.
We’ll potentially have a guitarist playing some music, walking about..
I was trying to think of ways we can add some of me and Fi’s fun and humorous personality. We love movies, music and food, and have a silly/sarcastic humor together.
What are some ways you helped your guests entertain themselves?
Post # 2
Food and alcohol= great cocktail hour in my book
Do you have a wedding theme? You can add personal details that way. Adults, especially adults given food and booze, can occupy themselves for an hour and a half.
Post # 3
We just played music outside and had canapes for people to snack on and drinks were available. Everyone just walked around the gardens and chatted to each other. I dont think you need to organise anything specific for that short time period but you could consider putting out lawn games that people could help themself to play.
Post # 4
If you organize something – then all your guests will gather in the area where you have the event organized and you indicated that space is tight and that they need to utilize all 3 areas. Other than no/bad food, the next worst thing for your guests is to have too many crammed into too small of a space.
Post # 5
I’m having my ceremony and reception at the same place (at a beautiful farm out in the country) so during the cocktail hour where we disappear for a bit for photos I am planning to have some lawn games for guests’ entertainment! Things like giant jenga, naughts & crosses.. you get the drift 🙂 Canapes and drinks will also be served so people don’t get hangry haha
Post # 6
We are setting up a croquet game (something my family used to play a lot when we got together!) on one side lawn and on the other side lawn we will provide horseshoes for the pits that are already there. I am also going to do a guestbook where my guests will take a photo with a Fujifilm camera and then affix it to a guestbook album and I am going to have some stamps and other decorations and pretty pens they can decorate and sign their album page with. My FI’s family has a ton of scrapbookers and I think they will like putting together their pages with stamps and a variety of cutouts I am going to cut from my Cricut before the wedding.
I assume the open bar and appetizers will entertain my guests enough without any extras, but the extras feel personal and something different from the other weddings in our family.
Post # 7
sunshadebride : We are putting out lawn games during our cocktail hour-we are getting married at a barn
Post # 8
theatrejulia : We don’t have a theme really… we have a color scheme we’re going with but its honestly just a big multi-cultural wedding. Mexican and Persian mainly. So we could potentially have things for either of those? We’ll have a Mexican guitarist who will play so that could be enough right there.
Post # 9
Last year, I went to a wedding where they had a barbershop quartet entertain the guests during the early part of the cocktail hour (while the bridal party was doing pictures.) It was fun and a bit different. I think they hired them from the local college’s music program so the cost was pretty reasonable. Is there some sort of entertainer you could hire?
Post # 10
We’re going to have jumbo jenga (3-4 ft tall), ladderball, horseshoes, and cornhole, along with music, an open bar, and a mac and cheese station. We’re going for a bit of a more laid back vibe and we thought all of these things would definitely lighten the mood.
Post # 11
I think what you have sounds fine! TBH I’m unlikely to play any games while I’m dressed up (lest I ruin my dress or break a nail haha), but I will mingle and have a drink and chat with family.
Post # 12
jellybellynelly : True! I hadn’t thought of that but people will be dressed formally — nice dresses, suits, etc. So I’d assume a classy cocktail hour is all they need.
Post # 13
Photo scavenger hunt cards laying around? This isn’t my favorite one I’ve seen but I found it on a quick google.
Post # 14
peoniesandpitbulls : Sounds like so much fun can I come!? Lolol
Post # 15
We didn’t really have activities or anything like that, but at our cocktail hour, we had a photobooth, and my mom and I also made some scrapbooks of me and Darling Husband through the years and set those out. People had a lot of fun looking through them, and it was cool that friends and relatives from the other person’s side could see more of our lives growing up.