Post # 1
Can the Bride and Groom be present during the cocktail hour to mingle with guests?
The reason I am asking is that my Fiance and I want to be able to dance and have fun during the reception, instead of meeting and greeting our guests. We figured that by meeting and greeting during cocktail hour, we will be able to kick back and have fun during the reception.
Is this a common practice?
The only reservation I have about this is that in most receptions I have been to, the Bride and Groom are normally announced to the guests as a couple for the first time upon entering the reception (after the cocktail hour).
Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
We were supposed to be, but we ended up pretty much missing the whole cocktail hour because our photos beforehand didn’t all get done, etc, so we had to make up the time during the cocktail hour. Biggest regret of my wedding. I wish we had had more time to enjoy it! I got to go for about 5 minutes before our receiving line and by the time I got down there all the food was pretty much demolished 🙁 Definitely go! No one will think twice and they’ll all be thrilled to see you!
Post # 4
I think the Bride/Groom announcements are a little over the top and annoying, actually. We took all our pictures before the wedding, so that we could be there to mingle and chat during the cocktail hour. I mean, we wanted to eat our fabulous appitizers and drink our hand-served wine!! 🙂
Just remember – you can do your wedding timeline any way you want to – there isn’t a “right” or “wrong” way to do things!
Post # 5
Thanks Baker, How long was your reception?
Post # 6
Thanks! it is comforting to know that others have done this as well. It would be really nice to talk and speak to the guests during the cocktail hour as we are planning to do. Did you still get introduced for your reception?
Post # 7
We did pictures before the ceremony and were present for most of our cocktail hour. I was really looking forward to mine as well and I wanted to be able to mingle, see friends, and have the food! I will say that cocktail hour was probably the most hectic part of the night. Everyone was coming up to us and wanting to chat and it was a struggle to get through the crowd and move on to different people. It was also a struggle to find a second to eat–I definitely had some moments where I was shoving food in my mouth because I had two seconds before someone else came up to me. But I’m so glad we were able to be at cocktail hour because it took some of the pressure off going up to everyone at the reception and I was able to dance a ton at the reception. And we still had an announcement at the reception when we came in–it didn’t make it any less special that people had already seen us at the cocktail hour.
Post # 8
nice to know you still got introduced at your reception. That was something I was concerned about as well. How many people were at your cocktail hour/reception?
Post # 9
We attended 100% of our cocktail hour. And we were still introduced into the reception. I’m definitely happy with our decision to be a part of the cocktail hour, but most of our reception was still spent trying to talk to each of our guests (we had about 150 guests, 1 hour for cocktails, and 4 hours in the reception area).