It's not required to have a cocktail hour. We're having one (beer and wine only with fruit, veggie, and cheese trays) so the guests have something to do while we take pictures after the ceremony. My cousin went straight into dinner right after the ceremony while she and her husband were taking photos for that entire hour, which I think is odd personally. I don't want to start dinner if we aren't even at the reception lol.
If there is any break between the ceremony & reception, I'd have one! If you need to take pictures, change, etc. so guests aren't bored. It's okay just to offer beer and wine and appetizers during this time.
We had beer and wine only, passed appetizers, and a cheese and charcuterie station. Cocktail hour doesn’t mean liquor it just means drinks and snacks before dinner. It’s my favorite part of any wedding I attend!
Cocktail hours are most of the times my favorite part! It doesn't matter if you're only serving wine and beer, you can still have a cocktail hour with them and apps! It gives a cushion between ceremony and dinner. Say your ceremony starts at 3 and goes til 3:30. 3:45-4ish isn't really dinner time.
We are having a cocktail hour because it's one of my favorite times at weddings! We went a little overboard with food (3 butler passed and a table of little nibles) and an open bar. I'm honestly said that my FH and I don't get to attend because we will be taking pictures, but I will definitely be getting some of the hors devours!