Best Ideas For An Entertaining Cocktail Hour

 

Cocktail hours have 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. However, without proper planning this can quickly turn into guests staring at their watches, wondering when the reception is going to start. Keep your guests having fun with some of the best ideas for an entertaining cocktail hour.

Photo Credit: Bridal Guide

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 entertain your guests' palettes. 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 that incorporates a local favorite of your school. Any of your fellow alumni will love this entertaining cocktail throwback to their college days.

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Photo Credit: Ashdown and Bee

Photo Booth 

One of the best ways to keep guests entertained during your cocktail hour is by allowing them to entertain themselves. Giving your guests the option to gather with their friends and take silly photos, is not only an entertaining way to pass a cocktail hour, it also provides the opportunity for keepsakes they can take home once they're done. Photo booths are becoming increasingly popular at cocktail hours and can be the perfect time for your guests to take advantage of this fun idea. 

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Photo Credit: Etsy

Romantic Trivia

Another way to produce an entertaining cocktail hour is by giving your guests an activity to enjoy. Have a family member or friend host a game of trivia 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 for their cocktail hour entertainment 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. A great idea to accomplish this and kill two birds with one stone is making it the main form of entertainment at your cocktail hour. Everyone likes to feel that their advice and wisdom is appreciated, and after your big day you will have fun reading the messages they left for you. You could have a book out where guests write messages, or to make your cocktail hour more entertaining for everyone, a booth where they record videos. For the travel inclined you can 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. Serving hotdogs, popcorn, and cracker jacks as baseball themed food, while having some footage of your favorite team playing on the projector will be remembered by your sport-loving guests as the most entertaining cocktail hour they have ever seen! 


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