Fun ideas for cocktail hour

posted 3 years ago in Guests
Post # 2
9528 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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
1552 posts
Bumble bee

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
792 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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
177 posts
Blushing bee

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
67 posts
Worker bee

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
1900 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

sunshadebride :  We are putting out lawn games during our cocktail hour-we are getting married at a barn

Post # 9
2421 posts
Buzzing bee

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
78 posts
Worker bee

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
6653 posts
Bee Keeper

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 # 13
1066 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Photo scavenger hunt cards laying around? This isn’t my favorite one I’ve seen but I found it on a quick google. 

Post # 15
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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.

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