Post # 1
we are having a desrination wedding in Maui. pre wedding activities inckude a welcome happy hour w lots of food and open bar and a private snorkel trip with food snacks and drinks. My debate is the actual wedding day.
its a sunset wedding so guests will be picked up by shuttle and taken to beach at 5 pm. Wedding ceremony starts at 5:30 and will be done by 6. But we will be staying after for pictures. We will take one group shot (only 23 guest) and a few family photos but the rest is just me and the groom. The shuttle will take guests back to the hotel around 6:15 after their pics where we are having a 3 course meal and open bar dinner. The dinner reservation is at 7:45. So it’s rather late. Should we offer cocktail hour between wedding and dinner. Since we are doing a restaurant dinner we did not reserve a room or anything so im not sure how we would even host a cocktail hour? Suggestions? Or do you think it’s ok for guests to grab their own cocktail and snack if they want on their own before the dinner starts?
Post # 2
My only advice is to just keep in mind that unless your guests are already from Hawaii, everyone’s stomach starts growling earlier than normal meal times because of the time change.
Post # 3
I agree and that’s what I’m worried about. Just not sure how to coordinate it..any suggestions?
Post # 4
I would be expecting some sort of cocktail hour with apps and drinks. Is there any space in the hotel where you can set up a small bar and have a few apps? They don’t need to be passed – just food for people to munch on!
Post # 5
With such a small number of guests can you just have an area roped off in the hotel bar and a plate or two of snacks supplied with drinks on consumption at the bar?
Post # 6
yes, you should do a cocktail hour. does the restauraunt have a bar area? can you reserve it for the time?
Post # 7
Thanks! I just called the hotel and I like the idea of a roped off bar section with a few plates of snacks! Thanks everyone I was freaking out! They have a beautiful bar in the lobby.