Post # 1
we are getting married in a very small church ( seats about 25 guests ) the reception is big. on the receptin cards i would like it to read cocktail hour at 5 dinner at 6 does that mean i am paying for the cocktails for that hour.
Post # 4
Yes it does. I only been to one wedding with a cash bar and they didn’t do a traditional “cocktail hour”
Post # 5
Absolutely but, I wouldn’t think the cocktail hour is really necessary since the people won’t be at the ceremony. Usually the cocktail hour is for the guests waiting while the bride, groom, bridal party, and families take pictures. You could just have your dinner start at 6 PM since that would be when they would arrive and wouldn’t be standing around waiting, hence needing the cocktail hour.
Post # 6
I agree that I don’t think cocktail hour is necessary. It would almost seem awkward since it’s usually used to fill up time and keep people satisfied while the bridal party is taking pics. However, unlike everyone else on here, I actually have never been to an open bar cocktail hour. Every wedding I’ve been to with a cocktail hour, I’ve had to pay for my own drinks.
Post # 7
i agree with pp. if you are concerned about budget, you could omit the cocktail hour altogether.