(Closed) Would you miss cocktail hour at a 4.5 hour wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you miss cocktail hour in the timeline?
    Yes - It gives everyone a few minutes to get a drink and a little small talk before. : (9 votes)
    20 %
    No - I'd be fine with the champagne boarding & drink at the table - I'd rather dance more! : (37 votes)
    80 %
  • Post # 3
    4371 posts
    Honey bee

    If people are starting dinner an hour after boarding, I don’t think you need the cocktail hour. 

    Post # 4
    1508 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Skip the cocktail “hour,” that’s a lot of money for 20ish minutes and since dinner won’t be long after the sailing starts you totally don’t need it πŸ™‚

    That yacht is soo pretty!

    Post # 5
    4014 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Definately skip πŸ™‚ I would say that its nice to have a cocktail hour when the bridal party is off taking photos and whatnot, so its unnecessary in this case IMO. Everything sounds wonderful! Save the $750!

    Post # 6
    9954 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Skip it, as you have only a small window for it anyways.  The Champagne on the Gang-plank more than makes up for it… and is a very CLASSY touch !!

    Use the “saved money” to organize an After Party for those wanting to continue (10:30 afterall is relatively early to call it a night)…

    UNLESS of course your Hubby & You would like to do a “send off” from the Yacht… sparklers might be nice… and then you can get a head-start on your Honeymoon.  Could be a good thing if you have further Honeymoon Plans for the next day… have known many a B&G who said they were super exhausted because they got to bed late, and had an early morning flight the next day to catch for example.

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 7
    3081 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Ok, so I voted that I’d miss cocktail hour because cocktail hour is always my favorite part. But then I read your details a little more closely, and decided that in your situation, for such a special event, I think it would definitely be fine to skip the cocktail hour. 

    So, I’m sorry but I would change my vote if I could. Didn’t mean to skew your results. 

    Post # 8
    1381 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Ahhh, I’m so excited for you!  (What a great idea with the yacht, btw)

    I think since the venue itself is so unique, people are more likely to understand that the typical “wedding timeline” need not apply.  So it would totally be forgiving to throw out that cocktail hour, especially since dinner occurs pretty soon after boarding.

    It’s another thing to have your guests standing around and doing “nothing” during a time frame with no cocktails to go around, but your schedule seems on point & structured with activities constantly happening.  I really wouldn’t worry about it.

    Whatever makes you, the bride, happy is what matters Smile

    Post # 9
    4192 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    skip the cocktails and start the party sooner!

    Post # 12
    1470 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    cocktail hour is really nice if you are doing more pictures so people have something to do and arent just waiting around

    if you dont plan on taking pictures then skip the cockatail hour, if you are taking pics after the ceremony then the cockatil hour may be nice!

    Looks like a beautiful boat, what a great time πŸ™‚

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