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Elmarose
Expert July 2021

Cocktail hour Help!!!

Elmarose, on July 4, 2020 at 1:50 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 31
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Hello ! How were your cocktail hours like? or how will they look like?

What activities will you be having to entertain your guest while having your photo session?

How long are your cocktail hours for and how long do you recommend they should be?

My ceremony and reception will be in the same venue but different parts.

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Latest activity by Meghan, on July 22, 2020 at 3:56 PM
  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I would just do an hour at most. Some people open up things like photo booth if they have one during that time
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
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    Cocktail hour is typically just that, an hour. I wouldn’t go any longer than that. We didn’t have any activities during cocktail hour, just apps, drinks, and music. Guests typically visit and mingle.
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  • Rebecca
    Rockstar August 2019
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    Our DJ played music, but it was mostly an hour to mingle, eat apps (our dinner wouldn't be for a bit), take pictures, drink, and chat.

    It's generally not expected that there be a lot of entertainment.

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    Master July 2019
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    I agree. I don't really think you need any special activities to entertain your guests. Good apps and drinks with light music in the background is plenty. Most of the time guests take this time to mingle.
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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
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    We had an hour and most people just mingled. We took most of our pictures ahead of time so we could enjoy the half of the cocktail hour with our guests.
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  • Hannah
    Rockstar July 2019
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    All the cocktail hours I've ever been to, including our own, were an hour and you don't need to do anything to entertain your guests besides offer food, drinks, and music.
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  • Sinaya
    Devoted August 2022
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    Ours will be for one hour. Drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres will be served, and DJ will play music. Usually people just mingle, but if it’s outdoors you could also rent lawn games.
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
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    Ours was one hour (I have never attended a wedding before where the cocktail hour was longer than an hour). Our cocktail hour was held in a different part of our venue while the staff flipped over the ballroom area for the reception. We had passed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and a couple of the musicians from our band played live music. We didn't have any activities.

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Like others said, typically 1-hour. Drinks & appetizers. Live music or background music.
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  • Erin
    Expert August 2020
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    We will have a magic mirror photo booth! We get copies of all the pictures and they also get copies as their favors.
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  • Elmarose
    Expert July 2021
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    That is amazing! that is something I am considering to do! how ahead of time did you take your photos?Smiley smile

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  • Elmarose
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    Thank you! mine is outdoors so I was thinking some lawn games to keep the children entertained as wellSmiley smile

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  • Elmarose
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    That sounds lovely! thank you

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  • Elmarose
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    That is awesome! I've haven't heard of a magic mirror photo booth! I'll look into that. thank youSmiley smile

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  • Elmarose
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    Smiley smile Thank you very much

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  • Elmarose
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    Thank you! Smiley smile

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  • Elmarose
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    Thank you !Smiley flower Smiley smile

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  • Elmarose
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    Thank you for your feed back !

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  • Elmarose
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    Thanks greatly appreciated. I'll look into this

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  • Elmarose
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    Most likely will have our photo booth during this time and for it to last a while during the reception for guest to take pictures. Thank you

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