(Closed) Tented Receptions- Cocktail Hour??

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Its not finalized yet, but I believe we will be having a separate catering tent for the main meal and also setting up hors d’eouvres as well as self-serve bar in the catering tent. Ours is a very self-service style reception, we’re just planning on laying all the spreads out on tables and having people help themselves. Friends will take turns supervising the bar to make sure no youngsters try to pull anything, but drinks are going to be serve yourself, too.

Don’t know if that helped?

Post # 4
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our cocktail hour won’t be held under the tent (it’s actually a pavillion, but I figured that’s about the same.)  They will be doing it somewhere between the ceremony site and the “tent” on a grassy lawn. 

Post # 5
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


When we were planning a tented reception my thought on Cocktail Hour is that it will be indoors mainly bc we are planning a August wedding. Therefore I firgured outdoor ceremony, move guests indoor for cocktail hour (outside of the heat into AC to cool down for a bit and give caterers more set up time for the reception) then back outside for the tented reception. Do you have some place indoors for your site?

Post # 6
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’ve been to a wedding that had it outside on a patio before a tented dinner and dance. I’ve also been to a wedding that had it inside then back outside for dinner. What kind of space are you working with? Would it be possible to move inside? Maybe a break from the heat? Or is their a patio or deck or some small area at the venue that you could use for cocktails?

Post # 8
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We’re having an outdoor wedding with tents but not everything is going to be underneath one.  For our cocktail hour we’re just going to let people wander around the reception area and not worry about having a separate space. 

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