(Closed) What to do instead of cocktail hour?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Why not ask your guests to take photos of themselves? Get a bunch of disposable cameras, and request that they take photos while you’re taking photos? Depending on the wait time, it would still be nice to serve them something- maybe a punch, and a nacho bar or some other small appetizer.  

Post # 4
557 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I have heard of guests going straight into the reception and starting dinner without the bride and groom. I think it would be ok to have your guests go ahead and start with the hors d’ouevres without you if you don’t plan on being that long.

Post # 5
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am in the same situation!!!

 I am having a small wedding of 60 and plan on d’ouevres and beer/soda being served while we take a few pictures with family after ceremony.


 Is that tacky too have during the time they wait since I’m not paying for liquor?

Post # 6
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If guests are going to the reception, they must be hosted, either with some of the apps you plan on serving or something else.  Taking fun photos is an option, but since not all guests will be able to do that at the same time, you need an alternative.  Make sure there is food and some type of beverage ready for the first guest to arrive.

Post # 7
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I liked Miss Mink’s blog from today about arranging lawn games for the guests to play. I think you should def. try to organize something for them to do, since you’re staying in the same location. Provide punch, iced tea, or lemonade or whatever so they can still sip and mingle.


Post # 8
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Give them nonalcoholic drinks (tea, lemonade, water) and a cheese tray with some veggies or fruit. I wouldn’t make them wait an hour with just this, but it should buy you enough time. Otherwise, do a first look.

Post # 9
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

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