Having 2 separate open bar/cocktail hours

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
47193 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sounds fine to me. Just ensure that you communicate that you are having a pre-ceremony cocktail hour, so those who choose to do so, can arrive closer to the time of the ceremony.

Post # 3
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2016

I did something very similar and it worked great.  My crowd was bigger, about 175 people, and the wedding was also in one room (a large historic dance hall).  On the invitation it said “Doors open at 5:30 for pre-wedding cocktails and appetizers.  Ceremony begins at 6:30.”  Dinner was served around 7:30 so after the short 15 min ceremony, people continued cocktail hour and mingling until the buffet dinner was served.  It flowed very naturally and people enjoyed it.  I think your timline will work out fine.  People generally arrived anytime between 530 and 615.


Edited to add:  If you’re not against the bride and groom seeing each other pre-ceremony (we weren’t), it was great for the groom and I to be able to greet and chat with the guests prior to the ceremony for an hour.  It gave us time to talk to people we hadn’t seen in a while without the rush of everything going on after the ceremony (dinner, dancing, etc.)

Post # 4
3459 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I mean it sounds kind of unnecessary. In my experience people use cocktail hour to mingle so there’s no need to have them show up an hour before your ceremony even starts for that. Unless you plan on mingling with them? Then I kind of get it. It also sounds like too much alcohol prior to a substantial meal. But maybe someone more experienced will have advice. I’ve never even heard of two cocktail hours.

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