Post # 1
Hi Bees! I’m worry that my guests will be bored during cocktail hour and photo session (one and half hour. 60 guests, mostly female), so I want to prepare something for them to do and have fun with besides eating/drining/chatting. Here are my ideas:
1. Customize your bag– I will put the wedding favors (2 for each guest) in a small brown paper bags, and guests can design them using the tapes, markers/crayon I provide to customize their own bags. I think kids will like it too.
2. Create your own flower bouquets– Since I’m going to DIY my bridal bouquet and centerpieces, I will be ordering a lot of flowers and I’m sure there will be some left over. I will bring those left-over yet still nice and fresh flowers to the wedding, and let guests make their own flower bouquets using scissors, tape, and other tools I provide, and they can bring home those bouquets.
What do you think??? Thank you for your feedback!
Post # 2
idealgas: Meh, I wouldn’t mind doing the crafty bag thing since there is nothing else to do but I don’t think it’s that entertaining.
The bouquet thing I wouldn’t do at all because what would I do with it? I definitely wouldn’t take it home.
Creative ideas though, but not my taste. However you know your guests better than anyone.
Post # 3
It’s cocktail hour. They’ll drink, they’ll mingle. No activites needed.
Post # 4
Don’t like any of those ideas at all, but they just aren’t things I would like to do. The bag thing is more for children than grown adults
Post # 5
Talk. Beverages. Finger foods to eat. Maybe some background music. If you’re going to do anything crafty, keep it on a kids table. You don’t need activities.
Post # 6
It sounds more geared towards kids than adults. Your cocktail hour is not all that long– just 90 minutes– and I’m assuming there will be cocktails. That’s not too long for guests to entertain themselves making conversation and enjoying some background music. If you’re really worried, you can get some “ice breaker” cards— saw a couple of other bees talking about them here and I picked up some for my own wedding. They’re pre-printed cards with questions for your guests to discuss. You just leave them on the tables or wherever guests will be gathering. If they’re bored, they’ll automatically pick up whatever you leave out for them to read, and that will get conversation flowing. There’s some racy ones out there but most of the ones I have seen are pretty neutral (no religion, politics or sex), questions like “if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go” and “what is your favorite bad movie.”
Post # 7
Cocktail hour- keep it to one hour.
Things to do…sign guest book, have a roving magician or caricature artist or comedian. You can also create a memory lane photo display. Scatter pics with captions around the cocktail hour space and guests cam admire them. Try to make these new/ unseen photos.
Post # 8
idealgas: It’s a wedding, not a children’s birthday party. If you have made it clear what your timeline is, anyone who chooses not to drink for an hour and a half will find somehting else to do. Shopping anyone?
Post # 9
Even though I love crafting, I wouldn’t do it. I would probably just spend my time mingling and nibbling and drinking. Music, snacks, and drinks should be enough. If you want to have “something to do” you might want to look into a photo booth, characature artist, or something like that where it isn’t really an activity, but still “something to do.” And 90 minutes isn’t that long. Just make sure you have seating. 90 minutes in heels is not easy and will keep people off the dance floor.
Post # 10
Crafty stuff is more for the shower. Food, drinks, music should be good. Maybe have an artist or something like that.
Post # 11
None of this sounds like things adults would like to do. As long as you have some places for guests to sit, eat and mingle, it’ll be fine!
At some point, you’ll need your guests for group pictures anyway.
Post # 12
I’m glad I asked. Thank you for the feedbacks! I have the tendency to overthink and worry too much….I will forget about crafty activities for cocktail hours.
Memory lane photo display is a great idea! I think I will do that! And I have prepared a Instax mini camera so guess can take photos of themselves and put it in the guest book (I’m doing a photo guest book). I guess that’s something they can play around with during cocktail hour too!
Thank you again, everyone!!
Post # 13
You can also put some photos on a USB and set up a TV or a laptop, and having a slide show running. It gives guests something to talk about. You’re already having a guest book, but if you want activities, you can also set up a box and note cards for “Advice for the Bride and Groom” in some corner of the room. If you do have kids attending, setting up a small, unmessy activity table for them would be fine.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
I think the kids will enjoy it, but the adults will feel like it’s some kind of forced summer camp. Just let everyone drink and mingle, and don’t overthink it.
Post # 15
idealgas: Your ideas are well-intended but remind me of summer camp. Yes, it’s cocktail hour. The point is to chat and drink and flit around the room. If you are concerned that you’ll be leaving your guests for too long, take some photos BEFORE you wed. After 90 minutes of drinking, your guests are going to be ravenous and perhaps drunk.