(Closed) Is anyone else NOT having a cocktail hour?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We’re doing a cocktail half-an-hour.

We won’t need a lot of time for photos either (we’re taking photos after the reception alone) so we only need to squeeze in family portraits.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

it’s very uncommon to do one in the south so usually it’s totally skipped here… i think it’s a regional thing as to whether you’re having them or not.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We aren’t but we also won’t be having alcohol.  I am also thinking of getting a lot of the photos done before the wedding.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We aren’t doing one because we plan to take as many pictures before the ceremony with the Fiance and his side of the family and with the groomsmen and bridesmaids.  Then I’ll take a few pictures in the lobby with the girls and my family.  I’m thinking that since we have 200-250 people we will let them begin going through the food line.  I don’t care if I’m at the beginning or end of the line all I care about is getting on with the dancing.  I love Dancing! 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

No cocktail hour for us…  Pics before – as many as possible – and our  ceremony and reception are at the same location – different areas, but still – we want to be with our guests as much as possible.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown

I’m just planning on a cocktail hour to keep the guests busy while we’re taking photos. I’m not gonna let my man see me beforehand but we’ll take separate photos of me with my girls and my man with his men but all the others will be taken after the wedding so I’m hoping only a half hour at the most. I don’t want to keep the guests waiting!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Not us either! Couldn’t cough up that much cash! We’ll have a dessert buffet though instead of JUST cake.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

we aren’t doing one. I’d actually never really heard of them till recently. i guess it depends on the region you’re in..

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re doing the same thing!

I am thinking about having bowls of snacks out or a fruit tray for people to nibble on, but nothing big.  I was also thinking about having a stack of board games available or a deck of cards on each table for people to entertain themselves with.

I never heard of them until I hit the wedding blog world!

Post # 12
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Busy bee

To date, have only been at one wedding with a cocktail hour and frankly, could not wait for it to end so I could sit down and eat!!!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re doing a cocktail hour before the ceremony and reception immediately after.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

we haven’t completely decided, but we’re leaning towards having one, since i don’t want to see him for pics before the ceremony! i don’t think they’re necessary though! we also have a minimum bill to get to, so we’re actually looking to spend more… so a cocktail hour could really help us get there! if it was an added expense i don’t know if we’d do it…

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We’re doing all of our photos before hand so that we can skip the cocktail hour – as a guest that hour drags <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>on! So that was a must-skip for me! Plus our ceremony is at 5pm, so I didn’t want to have dinner start at 8… we need the time for partying!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We aren’t planning on one either.  I am wanting to get to the venue early to do the pics that way I can actually spend time with guests when they are there.  We will <span style=”text-decoration: line-through;”>probably end up doing some family pics after the ceremony, but that shoudlnt take long.  Also, those shots will give everyone a chance to walk down the whole 2 stories to the reception area..lol… acutally, it will give them time for bathroom, and for smoke breaks in all actualality.  Also, that will allow the grandparets to use the SLOW elevator!

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