Post # 1
Hi Bees! I am fairly new to this blog & absolutely adore all the useful things on here! I was hoping to seek advice and or opinions about cocktail hours.
Our wedding is in August, at a hotel here in downtown Tacoma. Both our ceremony and reception will take place in the same space, requiring we have a cocktail hour so the room can be flipped. Our guest list is around 250 people.
My question is: WHAT ARE PEOPLE’S THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BRIDE AND GROOM PRESENT AT COCKTAIL HOUR?
I am wondering, because I don’t necessarily want to do a receiving line. I also don’t want to necessarily spend most of the night going to each table to thank and greet people. I am thinking it would be nice to start greeting people and socializing during cocktail hour.
I would absolutely low thoughts on this idea 🙂 have any other brides ran into this issue? Thanks!
Post # 3
The couple is usually taking pics together and with family during the cocktail hour. Unless you’re doing the majority of your pics before the ceremony.
Post # 4
We did pics before the ceremony and then greeted everyone during cocktail hour. The food was awesome and the time was so enjoyable. I am so glad we got to go. That was one of the best wedding decision we made!
Post # 5
I’m sure everyone would love to see you there.. but I also think the best way to spend time during cocktail hour is getting some more pictures in (since we’re spending so much on photography). I don’t think there are any ‘rules’ though. It’s your day and you can do whatever you feel would be best!
Post # 6
@Schatzie821: thank you so much! We’re hoping to take most or all photos before hand also. I’m so happy to hear from someone that’s done it also! i don’t want to miss out on all the good stuff :).. With all the planning we do, it’s nice to see it all as it’s happening.
Thanks to everyone else for your thoughts on this! It’s been really helpful and thankfully I have time to work on the logistics part of it.
Post # 7
My cousin and his wife was there at the cocktail hour for his wedding and it was wonderful. They were able to mingle with their guests without having a receiving line, but were still able to enjoy the reception without having to worry about who they hadn’t spoken to.
Post # 8
I want to have a small, intimate ceremony with just family and then a larger reception with all of the other guests so there will be a gap between the two that will allow us to take our pictures and also attend the cocktail hour. We are both really looking forward to spending time with the guests and also enjoying the food and drinks with everyone! If it’s what you want, then do it! You can’t go wrong.
Post # 9
I think the fact that you will have your ceremony and reception at the same place will make it even easier for you to enjoy cocktail hour 🙂 Get the bride and groom pics done before the ceremony (and the ones with your parents if you can). Then ask the photographer if he will do family pics during dinner (when no one is up and dancing). They will do a quick gather, you’ll jump into the pic and boom, done! This was awesome for us, no one missed more than 10 minutes of anything. And it was also great to have pictures from the cocktail hour, those candids were some of our favorite shots 🙂
Post # 10
There’s no “rule”. We did all our pictures before the ceremony and attended our cocktail hour. It was nice to get extra mingling time with people!
Post # 11
We are planning on doing all of our photos before the ceremony so we can be present at our cocktail hour! No reception line for us so hopefully we get to mingle then.
Post # 12
We are in the same situation. Ceremony & reception at the same location, cocktail hour in between. We are going to take some family photos during cocktail hour (doing our bridal party photos before the ceremony), but once we finish with the family photos we’ll be joining the guests. I think they’ll enjoy spending a little extra time with us, plus we can enjoy some of the appetizers! And like you said, it cuts down on feeling the pressure to greet every table at the reception.
Post # 13
HI! I am also doing the ceremony and reception in the same location with a cocktail hour in between, with ALL pictures before (all family pics too). We are planning on greeting our guests during the cocktail hour. Basically, we will walk out after the ceremony, take about 15/20 mins to ourselves, and maybe take a few pictures with our photographer then go into the cocktail hour. My question for you guys is….Should we just kind of walk into the cocktail hour, then after be announced for the reception… OR… should we be announced into the cocktail hour. Literally the cocktail hour and reception are in the same loft space. Any suggestions would be AMAZING! Thanks so much.