(Closed) Non-alcoholic Cocktail Hour advice

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
13014 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you should have a bit more variety in the food and drink areas.  Even if you aren’t serving alcohol, you can do fun mocktails, gourmet sodas, or fun lemonade flavors – raspberry, cherry, strawberry, etc.  As for food, veggies and dip is good, but I’d add a couple for selections. 

Post # 4
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree you need more food and drink options. we didnt have alcohol but we had lots of different types of juice, soda and non alcoholic beverages.

Post # 5
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

During our cocktail hour we served hot chocolate, hot apple cider, coffee, tea and maple taffy on snow. We also handed out our favors, which were s’mores kits, which doubled as an activity by the firepit outside. We also had a horse drawn sleigh ride guests could enjoy. All this worked really well for our winter wedding!

I do think you should have a bit more variety in the food and drink area (I’m not a huge fan of veggies and dip personally) and if you can somehow add an activity in that would be perfect!

Post # 7
4485 posts
Honey bee

What you have is fine. No one should be that starved that they can’t tide themselves over with what you have until lunch is served, especially since lighter meals are served during the daytime.

Post # 8
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree that I’d add at least lemonade and sodas, and maybe also a meat and cheese platter (although I personally feel that food’s not probably necessary.)

Post # 9
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

A themed drink station could be fun if you could afford it.

For example, a lemonade station that had regular lemonade and either strawberry or raspberry lemonade with various fruits to snack on or put in.

Or a hot chocolate station with different flavors and toppings.

Post # 10
6544 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would maybe try to come up with something that might be a little heavier than just veggies. Even if it’s just 1-2 items…a quish (pretty inexpensive) or something like that.

I consider 12pm to be a mealtime, and while I’d be okay for a little while with just veggies and dip, over an hour I think is too long. You have to remember, you hope to get announced at 1:15 but that means by the time you get annonced (just assuming everything is on time) you probably won’t be eating until at least 1:30 at the earliest – maybe a little longer. That has your guests waiting 1.5 hrs minimum before a meal. 

Post # 11
16 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

A signature mocktail would definitely add some interest for your guests.  Also, what about doing sparkling cider for a toast?

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