Cocktail Hour And Beyond

Cocktail Hour And Beyond

If you are planning on having a cocktail hour after your ceremony, but before the start of your wedding reception, there are a few considerations that you should think about. 

  1. Ensure that where there is alcohol, there are canapes flowing. Small nibbles make all the difference as it gives people a chance to lightly coat their stomach during the wedding celebration intermission. Do not let your guests drink on an empty stomach as things could get messy quite early on in the evening.
  2. If you are going to host beverages during the cocktail hour for your guests, have a certain number of beverage options available and nothing above that list until later in the evening. For example, shooters, back bar items … etc.
  3.  If you are going to provide tickets for your guests for them to use for beverage purchases, place them at their reception seat as opposed to trying to sort it out as people sign the guest book as they enter the reception space. Avoid the line-up and confusion as guests try to navigate their seats.
  4. Have a cap/limit on the hosted bar tab, just so you know what to expect at the end of the celebrations. Don’t overspend because you still have the rest of your lives to entertain and create memories with your friends and family!
  5. Late night snacks! These are great because it allows people to have something else to eat after dinner service especially if they have been enjoying themselves too much with the alcohol service. Allowing food into the system just gives people something more to help with the consumption of the alcohol in their system.
  6. Cab Service/Designated Drivers: Ensure that your guests have access to cab numbers at the end of the night and this is something you can organize through the venue in most cases. This additional point of safety – ensuring that people have a safe way of getting home – allows the couple to have a peace of mind throughout the evening, and the guests to have a great time.

These are just a few things I like to remind couples who are planning on having a cocktail hour for their guests. Your friends and family are there to celebrate this precious moment with you and the great gesture of hosting alcohol service or partially (by providing drink tickets) is more than anyone would expect. Most people don’t even expect to have their drinks covered when they attend a wedding, so it’s okay if you provide a little something … just don’t break the bank while trying to enjoy this special day in your lives.

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