It really depends on your venue... most are held inside, but if your venue has a nice outside area you could do it there also. Once you tour your venue you can have a better idea, and the staff will tell you where cocktail hour is usually held.
Ours will be in a different area of our reception venue. We have an indoor area that we are using for dinner and then an outside area right outside the indoor one that we are going to use for cocktail hour and then dancing later in the evening
Depending on the venue, you could have your cocktail hour in a different area/room of the venue or outside of it on a patio or something like that! You can decorate for cocktail really simple and easy too! Something as simple as high-boy cocktail tables with a linen thrown over it and some tea lights with votives!
Not a dumb question at all. It really does depend on your venue & the spaces they offer. For example, I work part-time at a country club that has space for both outside & inside ceremonies. Once it's over, the guests move to a lobby type area...which is indoors...outside of the main ballroom (where the reception is held) for the cocktail hour. Then once cocktail hour is over, they open the doors to the ballroom & start the reception.
On the other hand, I attended a wedding where the couple got married in the park, had a coffee hour in the same area right after the ceremony (in place of the cocktail hour), and then everyone drove/Uber-ed/etc to the reception which was about 10mins away.
We're skipping the cocktail hour altogether for our wedding.
There's all kinds of ways to make it work & pretty much any venue & vendor will be willing to work w/ your vision as long as you're willing to pay for it.
It depends on your venue and time of year! For my venue it can either be inside or outside on their patio, but I’m getting married in late November so definitely inside lol. I still could do it outside if I wanted though because they place heaters on the patio! Ask your venue and do whatever you think would work the best
Like others have said, it is venue specific. It is a great question to ask if it is an indoor reception that has an outdoor space. I have been to a lot of weddings with outside cocktail hour, inside reception. It works and is often a lot of fun with a bit of planning. But a few things to consider: weather, back up plan for weather, and letting your guests know. (There are tons of reasons this can be helpful, from helping them decide on which dress [or other] to wear to letting those who burn easily in the sun know they will be outside in it [I got a sun burn from a 4-5pm outside cocktail hour in July] or even helping them remember to hydrate because they will be outside).
It depends on your venue. Where I am getting married, the cocktail hour takes place after the ceremony right outside. My FSIL got married in a different venue, and cocktail hour was held in Fhe bar area and outside where she had the lawn games. But the reception room wasn’t opened until the reception.
Normally i would say they are held outside if you ceremony is also outside. If it is inside then everything is inside. but if you prefer one or the other just talk with your venue, see what they can do for you
It depends on how u feel if u have the option for outside and inside i would pick outside if it's not heavy raining or super cold.