(Closed) How long for a cocktail “hour”?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’d be antsy, yes. I think an hour, at most, is best for a cocktail reception. I dislike waiting and have actually skipped receptions because the gap between the ceremony and reception was just too long.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are doing a 1 1/2 hr cocktail reception because we want to be a  part of it. We will have lots of food and drinks available. Also our ceremony will be over by 4/4:15 so sitting down to dinner at 5 is really early for us.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I think the 1.5 is ok as long as you start a little earlier and make sure the food is flowing.  I have been to a bunch like this.  The one’s that were low on food made it seem like it took forever. The others that had tons of food and drink (and a photo booth) seemed short and like it could have been longer. As long are guests are busy they won’t mind.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think its fine as long as you have food and drink, maybe consider some entertainment…

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ours is 45 mins but we are not having pictures done during that time either.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We just booked our venue and its an hour away from Church, we are going to have ceremony and then take pics infront of Church then we are going to a near by park near the venue to take pictures while the guests have the cocktail hour. We will be having some gap in between so people can either go back home or start driving to the place.

I would say as long as you have the bar open and some food, it should be fine.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

cocktail hour is usually my favorite part of the reception, so the longer the better, in my opinion.  wow, i sound like a lush lol

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrs. Meowerson: I love cocktail hour too. Not just for the booze, but usually because it’s the best food. I love the little passed items, that’s why I don’t want to miss mine!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrs. Meowerson: Yup. We’re having an apple and local cheese table as well as bacon wrapped dates. Those are some of my favorite things!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My cocktail hour was an hour and I sincerely wish it was an hour and a half.  Cocktail hour is when you REALLY get to talk to your guests and, as long as you keep the food and alcohol going, it’s such a relaxing and wonderful time.  I had my guestbook set up and it was pretty busy the whole time so I’m glad I had I had the hour because no one signed it during the reception even though it was in the room.  You could also set up a fake photobooth to keep people entertained during that time

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