What’s every guests’ favorite time of day at your wedding, you ask? Here’s a hint – it involves an open bar and a whole lot of booze. Your cocktail hour sets the tone for the rest of your wedding day, so it’s important to make sure it’s chockfull of yummy apps, snappy drinks and the best music. Here’s how to pull it off like a pro:
Nowadays, many couples are less interested in taking stuffy, formal portrait photographs and prefer the photographer to capture more candid pictures. Other couples choose to have formal photos taken before the wedding at the first look! Both of these fun options eliminate the photos having to be done during cocktail hour and allow the bride and groom to enjoy this boozy time with all of their guests!
Upon arrival at your reception or cocktail hour, be sure to offer two signature cocktails! They can be pre-made and elegantly served with a beautiful garnish. Write up the recipe on a board near the bar and give it a cute name that your guests will remember.
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The cocktail hour should get your guests’ appetites excited for the meal to come! So be sure to not fill them up with tons and tons of food options. Just a few of your favorite appetizers will do.
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For most cocktail hours, we suggest serving two to five types of appetizers, and limiting the time to forty-five minutes to one-hour maximum. Try your best to not repeat the same ingredients in the cocktail hour appetizers and the reception dinner in order to give your guests a bit of variation for their taste buds throughout the night!