CLEVER IDEAS FOR YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION COCKTAIL HOUR

Cocktail hours have definitely become a wedding essential! This portion of the day, that occurs between the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception, serves multiple purposes. It allows your wedding guests the opportunity to grab a drink and hors d'oeuvres, before having to take their seats at the reception. It also allows guests to socialize and shift into the party portion of the evening, while you sneak away for photos. To keep your wedding guests entertained and ensure that your cocktail hour is one to remember, consider these clever ideas:


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Photo Credit: Bridal Guide

SIGNATURE DRINKS

No cocktail hour is complete without a few signature drinks. These make the event more memorable and let you and your other half’s personalities shine. Work with your bartender to make some signature drinks that will wow your guests. Highlight some special features of your relationship or your love story with clever names or ingredients. For example, if you met in college—your bartender can design a drink reminiscent of that time in your life.

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Photo Credit: Ashdown and Bee

PHOTO BOOTH

One of the top entertainment choices is adding a photo booth to your cocktail hour. Entertain your guests with something fun to do that they can also take home as a keepsake. Photo booths are becoming increasingly popular at wedding receptions, and the cocktail hour can be the perfect time for your guests to take advantage of this.  

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Photo Credit: Etsy

ROMANTIC TRIVIA

Another way to entertain your guests is by giving them an activity that many people enjoy—trivia! Have a family member or friend host a trivia game with romantic facts and anecdotes from the newlywed’s relationship. If an interactive game is not your style, then have trivia posted that guests can read at their own pace. You can even have your cocktail hour napkins printed with fun facts for a subtle surprise.

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Photo Credit: Buzzfeed

ELICIT ADVICE

Many weddings have some way for guests to impart advice to the newly married couple. At your wedding you could make this part of the cocktail hour. It gives your wedding guests something to do, and after your big day you will have fun reading the wisdom they left for you. You could have a book out where guests write messages, a booth where they record videos, or even have a wall mounted map where they indicate must-see travel destinations.

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Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty

THEMED FOOD

Your cocktail hour may match the general theme of your wedding day or it may have its own unique theme. When you select hors d’oeuvres for the event, consider picking something that matches your intended theme to tie the day together. For example, if you and your spouse-to-be enjoy baseball, plan a cocktail hour that celebrates being at the ball park. You could have hotdogs, popcorn, and cracker jacks as baseball themed food for your guests.

 


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