(Closed) Is 2 hrs too long for cocktail hour?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Cocktail
    Cocktail at 5, Dinner at 7 , you arrive at 6 in other words, stay as planned : (6 votes)
    8 %
    Cocktails at 5, Dinner at 6, you arrive at 5, miss an hour of photos to be a good host : (25 votes)
    33 %
    Cocktails at 5, Dinner at 6, arrive at 6, miss an hour of circulation, but be a good host : (33 votes)
    44 %
    Truly, it does not matter either way : (7 votes)
    9 %
    Other: see comments below : (4 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 17
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    366 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn

    @HourThyme:  It sounds like you’ve already decided, but I just wanted to add my 2 cents… Don’t have a 2 hour cocktail hour! I went to a wedding a couple of years ago that had a 2 hour cocktail hour and people were wasted before dinner. It was a cousin’s wedding and my mom heard girls throwing up in the bathroom before dinner. And keep in mind, most of the wedding guests were over 30, so not like we were fresh out of college or anything!

    Post # 19
    Member
    1633 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    You don’t need to mingle with guests at cocktail hour. Just visit each table during dinner or have a receiving line.

    2 hours of cocktail hour is too long. If food was available for 2 hours I wouldn’t need dinner. If I had to stand for 2 hours I wouldn’t like it. Usually cocktail hour doesn’t have seating for everyone. If I was drinking for two hours before dinner and dancing I’d be pooped.

    Tell guests to arrive at 6 pm. Just put it in your program and make sure the time change is circulated when everyone is together at the ceremony.

    Post # 20
    Member
    3501 posts
    Sugar bee

    @HourThyme:  I don’t think the gap is too long, but I wouldn’t go any longer. I feel that 2 hours will give you enough time with your guests and not keep guests waiting too long. It will also keep you from having to go table-to-table during the reception.

    Post # 21
    Member
    366 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn

    @HourThyme:  Oh, haha… didn’t factor in the cultural element, but glad things worked out and hope you had a fabulous wedding day!

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