(Closed) Rules of Cocktail Hour?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

 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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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 # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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.

 

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