(Closed) Has anyone ever skipped the cocktail hour?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

we will not be having a cocktail hour. we will have a first look as soon as were ready, about 3 hours before the ceremony starts. then do pics with everyone. our ceremony is in the exact same room as the reception so it would be weird to change between cocktails/hors dervours to the real food.

ive also never been to a wedding with cocktail hour. usually the guests just wait and mingle, and get drinks for a bit (like 30 mins max) waiting for the bride and groom to come in. then the food is ready.

Post # 18
1765 posts
Buzzing bee


I’ve been married almost 30 years and I have never been to a wedding with a cocktail hour.  I think that it is either regional, or something the wedding industry promoted to make more money??  I have many cousins, so I have been to many many weddings, and my daughter’s was last year, and she didn’t have a cocktail hour either.

Post # 19
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I actually look forward to cocktail hour.  We have some awesome hors d’oeuvres and plan on having open bar for the cocktail hour. Plus its a chance for everyone to mingle after the ceremony.

Post # 20
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@gso_bride: I thought doing the cocktail reception too… and though some places were willing to entertain my idea.. it didnt change the price and I could justify cutting the food in half for the same price… and many many people were horrified about NOT having a sitdown dinner

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