(Closed) wedding cocktail hour and reception in the same room?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Cocktail hour and reception in the same room Yay or Nay ?? And have you Been to any like that?
    Yes, it is totally acceptable to have a cocktail hour and reception in the same room. : (44 votes)
    85 %
    No!! , thats just outrageous and I have never heard of such a thing.. : (4 votes)
    8 %
    I have been to a few weddings where this situation has occured, it did not make or break the wedding : (4 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    4031 posts
    Honey bee

    @flbeachbride4:  I will be having my ceremony, cocktail hour and reception in the same general area. The ceremony will be in one half of the courtyard and then the area will be set-up (during the cocktail hour) for the reception. Guests will be moved inside the building/hacienda for the cocktail reception, but there isn’t much separation of space. Then they will walk back out for the reception.

    I personally do not think it would be tacky or anyone will really care. The cocktail hour serves as entertainment/small talk time for guests while photos are taken, so as long as it serves that purpose, I think you will be fine!

    Post # 4
    80 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’m getting married at a museum and we’re renting out the entire space, so basically the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception will be in the same space. I think it will feel intimate…I’m not worried about it at all 🙂

    Post # 5
    604 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

    We weren’t even going to have a cocktail hour! It just happened to be a part of our package when booking the reception!

    Post # 7
    6222 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    It’s totally fine! Don’t worry about it, and no one else will either

    Post # 8
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I would have to say option D) I have been to a wedding like that, and I did not like it.

    For me, cocktail hour is when you’re mingling with guests. When the cocktail hour and reception were in the same room everyone just grabbed their seats. It was awkward in my opinion.

    Post # 9
    1710 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    I actually don’t know if our cocktail hour and reception will be in the same space…I suppose it will be…and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.  This will be another question added to my list for our wedding planning session next month!  Thanks!

    Post # 10
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it! I would love to have both in the same room so I could set my purse/coat/program down on a chair and enjoy my drink! Laughing

    Post # 11
    718 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception are all in the same room.  It’s winter wedding and we got a fab deal on the package.  Usually the cocktail hour is outside, but as it’s cold we’re stuck inside.  I’m not too worried about it.  I figure if the weather is bad at least no one has to drive anywhere.  I’ve mentioned it to a few people and so far no one seems bothered by it.

    Post # 12
    6512 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We had a tent, and our cocktail hour and reception were in the same place (it rained, so our ceremony ended up being in there too lol).  It worked just fine, as it was a big tent and there were plenty of areas to mingle.  Like @Mrs. Wallaby: said, people liked to have a place to put their stuff – I always find an area to put my food down during cocktail hours anyways 🙂

    Post # 13
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Our cocktail hour was separate from our reception and people make a stink about not being able to set their coats and purses down at their dinner seats. blah. I see nothing wrong with cockatil hour at the same location!

    Post # 14
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I think that’s totally fine! Who cares where you mingle? The room makes no difference to me. 

    Post # 15
    150 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    This is something I wanted to avoid but if the weather is bad on our wedding day its just going to have to happen, c’est la vie!

    Post # 16
    1935 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @flbeachbride4:  I think it depends on the size of the space. If it’s big, consider renting some tall pipe & drape, and sectioning off the cocktail hour. You could hold it on the dance floor area, and then just remove or pull back the drape when it’s time for dinner and dancing. Might be a neat archtectural/design element.

    I just looked at a space that would require us to have the cocktail hour in the same space as the reception, and quite frankly, I did not like it at all. The space was small, though, so if yours is bigger, it might not be a problem. 

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