Help! What to do before food is served.

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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nwilbur1 :  typically, a cocktail hour is what is in-between the ceremony and reception. it doesn’t have to be an hour, but open the bar so people can get a drink, and have some appetizers set-up before the ceremony ends so people have somethign to nibble on before dinner commences.

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

You dont really need to DO anything. People will want to mingle and chat – cocktail hour. You can do cocktail “30m” if you want to move into dinner quickly, but honestly it takes people a little while to find their seat, get a drink, oh theres auntie mary lets say hi, etc. Dont overthink it! 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

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nwilbur1 :  Ah got it! I still think you’re going to be fine. If you know its going to be a while, perhaps someone can make an annoucement like “Dinner will be ready at 530, stretch your legs and grab another drink until then”. If not, people will be fine sitting at their table. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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nwilbur1 :  Not quite  the same but a wedding I attended recently had a couple of hour break between the wedding breakfast and the evening reception, it was in a hotel and there was a bar so it wasn’t a problem, we could think and chat or go back to our room,  but the couple had hired a caricaturist for that time, it was great fun, and a good laugh at seeing what he came up with. It was also a lovely momento to take home from the day. I’ve actually had mine framed and put it on the wall.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

If you have access to outdoors you could set up some lawn games? If it’s only 30 mins difference people will probably just use the loo, and freshen their drinks. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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nwilbur1 :  I agree w/PPs. No entertainment needed. They’ll mingle, go to the bathroom, get a drink, etc. Maybe have some music playing. I don’t think anything else is required. August — you must be getting excited!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Most of them, if not all, are adults. They can entertain themselves for a half hour. If youre walking around greeting all the tables, you can let them know that dinner is just around the corner.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Are you having any toasts? You could get those out of the way during that time. Otherwise just play some lowkey music and let guests drink/mingle.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - Canada

Agree with the hive here, just play some music and keep the bar open. Your guests will entertain themselves. After you have done your processional, your officiant (or someone else) can make an announcement telling people that dinner should be ready in half an hour and that someone will let them know when theycan eat.

Post # 14
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Wannabee

Could you have appetizers out on a table?  I agree, hungry people waiting for food is not a pleasant prospect.  Otherwise, you might put out some games or a photo prop.

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