The cocktail hour is a great period to get your wedding guests to mingle and catch up with old friends, have fun and enjoy some fantastic food and drinks.
It’s also a great time to create a happy hour for the guests by creating a welcoming atmosphere, making them mingle and have fun.
The following tips will guide you on how to plan a great wedding cocktail hour.
1. Provide a Comfortable Seating
Providing a comfortable seating will create a room for the wedding guests to relax and have somewhere to sit down after standing for long hours; mostly for the elderly guests and guests with high heels.
It can be a comfortable lounge furniture, a combination of low chairs and coffee tables. This will give the guests a relaxing and welcoming feeling.
2. Consider The Food
A full meal will not be provided in the cocktail hour since it is not the main reception.
Appetizers should be served to make the guests sustained till dinner.
It should be a ‘finger-only’ food. Small plates and cocktail napkins should therefore be provided. Serve lovely dishes along with your signature cocktails.
Consider those with special needs such as guests with allergies and the vegan or vegetarian.
You should offer options to them so that they won’t be left out.
3. Offer Non-Alcoholic Beverages Options
Consider your non-alcoholic guests by having non alcoholic options. This would make them feel comfortable as well as have a great time along with the other guests.
Your caterer should come up with something great for the non alcoholic guests.
Who says the wedding is the only period to get some fun and entertainment? Get your wedding guests to do a fun thing in your cocktail hour.
You could set up lawn games if it’s an outdoor event or have a photo booth for an indoor cocktail hour.
4. Stick to Time!
The make ‘cocktail hour’ shows clearly that it is just an hour of enjoying cocktails and having a different feeling of excitement and affection before the wedding.
Plan the event in such a way that it does not exceed the fixed one hour.
Note that no matter how fun your cocktail hour may be, the guests will get tired when you don’t stick to time!
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