(Closed) Have an idea. What do you think of this … cocktail hour/ help!!!!!!!! ….

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Will you mind if people start sitting down in the ballroom, because I think that’s what will happen.  I know my parents and older relatives will make a beeline for any available seating, even if it’s marked "Reserved" and clearly off limits.  Definitely think of a contingency plan should that happen.

Post # 5
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yep! I’ve been to a few weddings where you could see into the ballroom and it was perfectly fine. No point in being wasteful. You want assigned seating!!!!!!

Post # 6
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Personally I like the "reveal" of when the ballroom doors are opened and you have your first look of the reception area.  If the foyer to the reception ballroom is as nice you say, why not just have the cocktail hour there and let the anticipation of what’s to come, build.

Post # 7
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If you don’t mind, then I think it sounds great!  The loungy idea will be very cool!

Post # 9
782 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m having my cocktail hour in the same ballroom as my reception (is that the idea you’re toying with?). I wasn’t okay with it at first because I wanted everyone to see how beautiful it looked when we go there, but I love the idea now. Mostly because everyone can get to know each other, walk around, find a seat and mingle.

Post # 11
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

You definitely don’t have to have a cocktail hour if you don’t want to. I think it was started because couples wanted their guests to have time to mingle and get to know each other and relax before being seated for dinner, but also so that the bride and groom would have time to take pictures, touch up make-up, change into their "second dress" (or bustle their first!), etc. =) It just gives you more time between ceremony and reception, and allows them to "blend" into each other.

Post # 12
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

see I am the same as moewkers, I like the reveal. I am lucky enough to be renting out a venue with 3 floors, dinner is on the 2nd floor and cocktails will be on the 3rd floor. No one will see the 2nd floor until right before we get there and they can take their seats for our entrance! love it!

but yes, I agree You dont NEED to have a cocktail hour if you don’t want. I only chose mine because it broke up time a bit (yes I am one of thoe weddings where there is a few house in between) ceremony will end around 2:30is dinner doesnt start till 6-630 so had to have something in between so cocktails at 4

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