(Closed) What is the point of cocktail hour if no alcohol is served?!

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What would you do?

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    Push back ceremony start time

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  • Post # 3
    4344 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I would just push it back and still have brunch. i have breakfast for dinner all the time. The guests will get over it.

    Post # 4
    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’ve served cocktail hours with no alcohol.  The main point of cocktail hour is to give the wedding party and family time for some photos before the reception.  Honestly, I’d push it back an hour.  A brunch bar sounds awesome and brunch time is when you want it to be.  Brunch at 1 is totally normal in my books.

    Post # 5
    474 posts
    Helper bee

    I agree wth pushing it back to a later start around 11:30. Brunch between 12-2 iwould be typical at a restaurant that offers “Sunday Brunch”

    Post # 6
    47412 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    ceremony         11:30-1200

    cocktail 1/2 hr   12 -12:30

    brunch              12:30-?


    1230 is not too late for brunch. As long as your guests know what time they will eat, they can plan their morning snack/meal accordingly.

    I don’t think you need a full hour for cocktails. People can continue to drink during brunch.

    Post # 8
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    You could offer different drinks…like sparkling water plus their choice of juice.  And that’s the stupidest rule I’ve ever heard of!!

    Post # 10
    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’d just push back the ceremony time a bit.  We’re also doing a brunch reception and our ceremony starts at 11.  And food won’t be served until like 1.  That’s normal =) if you serve light snack foods during cocktail hour it will help hold people over.  We’re doing cheese/crackers and a fruit display.  So people will have light munchies until the meal is served.

    Post # 12
    1731 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    As PPs have said, generally that’s the time for you guys to get your photos done, and I think particularly with your morning wedding, you’re not going to want to try to cram those in before the ceremony. Here are some ideas:

    — embrace the “no booze til noon” thing and make it a “cocoa-tail” hour — offer cocoa, tea, coffee and juice and do brunchy hors d’oeuvres like mini quiches, fruit kabobs, Danish bites, tiny bagels with cream cheese and maybe lox, etc. And then have the mimosas and Marys available with the meal.

    — push everything back later, add a more overtly lunch option or two, and emphasize that it is a decadent brunch, LOL. Personally, as someone who is not a morning person but loves breakfast anyway, this would be the easiest for me to handle (although I still like the idea of brunchy hors d’oeuvres). Most people are going to eat a little something before they come anyway, so I think you can safely serve a late brunch.

    Post # 14
    7547 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    The food sounds great! I would have a few hors d’ouevers at the cocktail hour, also. 

    Post # 15
    1731 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    @Lacelibs:  Oh my goodness, that all sounds amazing! Honestly, I think with a spread that extensive, you’ve got your lunch and heavy breakfast and light breakfast options totally covered. I think light fruit and veggie options at cocktail hour will be fine with all that coming eventually. And I wouldn’t remove the desserts unless there’s a significant financial saving because oh my goodness, desserts! (We had a pie, cake, and cheesecake option, so I may be biased.)

    Post # 16
    11259 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @Lacelibs:  i would seriously look at pushing the ceremony back at least an hour.  sunday brunch at 1 is totally acceptable.

    also, have you considered the timeline for yourself?  if your ceremony starts at 10:30am, you will have to get up at 5am just to have your hair, makeup, pampering, pictures, etc.  

    i went to a wedding at 11am once.  it was lovely but my friend, the bride, wished she would have made it later.  she was too rushed.

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