(Closed) reception invites and cocktail hour

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1141 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yes it does!

Post # 4
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yes it does. I only been to one wedding with a cash bar and they didn’t do a traditional “cocktail hour”

Post # 5
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i agree with pp.  if you are concerned about budget, you could omit the cocktail hour altogether.


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