Post # 1
Our wedding will be at a B&B with the bridal suite on the second floor, cocktail hour on the first, dinner under the tent out back. After the recessional, the wedding party will head upstairs, have a drink together, and then mosey downstairs to the party. The staircase is fairly central – we’ll basically be marching down them straight into the party. Should we be announced as we head down the stairs? Should we just (not so subtly) join the party, and then be announced as we walk into the official reception? Should we do our first dance when we walk into the cocktail hour, wait until the start of the reception, or wait all the way until after dinner?
Every other wedding I’ve attended has featured the wedding party disappearing for the cocktail hour and reappearing just prior to dinner. But my fiance and I are attending our cocktail hour, no matter what! I’m just uncertain of the logistics.
So, if you were (or are going to be) a cocktail hour attending couple, please share your timeline!
Post # 4
The last wedding I attended the Bridal Party just ‘mosied’ (love this word!) on down during the coctail hour. Then at the reception when everyone was seated was the Grand March/Entrance. It worked out quite nicely and everyone was able to enjoy the coctail hour with hors d’oeuvres and open bar.
Post # 5
At our wedding, we just joined everyone for cocktail hour. As you come down everyone will notice you anyways and start to form a line so they can talk to you or congratulate you. At least that is what happened at our wedding.
We left cocktail hour 10 minutes early for some alone time while everyone headed to the dinning room and got situated in their seats. Once everyone was seated we were announced, came in and had dinner with everyone.
Post # 6
We attended our cocktail hour – but not because we planned to but because it rained. So we basically just walked on over. no biggie, no formal introductions, just start chatting with everyone. it depends on how formal you want to make it!
Post # 7
I think what we plan on doing is have the ceremony at an outside pavilion (if the weather cooperates), then we will greet everyone on the path that leads to our venue. After they all finish going to the venue, we’ll follow them in and join for cocktail hour.
I love the freedom that the first look will give us in terms of mingling!