Make Your Cocktail Hour "ROCK"!

Most wedding ceremonies are followed by a cocktail hour. The time between the "I Do's" and "Let's Party" sets the tone for the reception! It also gives guests something to occupy their time while they are waiting for the Bride & Groom to finish pictures and enter the reception. With this in mind make it fun and memorable! Here are a few ideas we love to help your Cocktail Hour "ROCK"

Drink and be Married! 

Beer and wine are always a good choice and very budget friendly, but why not step it up a notch and serve two Signature drinks one reflecting him and one reflecting you! Work with your caterer or bartender to find a cocktail which represents each of you and maybe one which reflects you as a couple!




Don't forget the Food!

Drinks are important but don't forget the food! What will your guests nibble is just as important as what you are offering to drink! An  idea we love, are to do an interactive pairing with the cocktail and the food being served. For instance, have a cheese & meat pairing with each type of drink.

 


Help Your Guests Work the Room!

We all are guilty of sticking with who we know! Help guests get to know each other by providing a game of "Who Knows the Bride or Groom" or some other fun game like Corn Hole to break the ice!




Create an Amazing Space!

Look around your venue for an awesome space to have your cocktail hour! Separating the cocktail hour from the ceremony and reception spaces lets setup happen without interference and gives guests a chance to visit with those they won’t be seated with at dinner. 




A Dash of Personalization!

The two of you just said "I Do"! Keep the romantic vibe going with fun  personal labels on your wine and beer bottles!


 Don't Forget the Music!
A change in soundtrack will kick-start the evening, but you don’t need to hire a separate musical act. “If you’re having a full band for the reception, use an instrumental duo or trio from the band for your cocktail hour,” says Gretchen Clements, senior production coordinator for Élan Artists. If your vows and cocktail hour are at the same venue, she recommends keeping the same musicians for both. Ask them to play more contemporary songs after the ceremony. 
Dozens of Well-Wishes!
Include your guest book on a memory table clustered with snapshots from your relationship, and don’t be afraid to get creative with how partygoers express themselves. “Have guests sign postcards from places you’ve traveled together, or ask for marriage advice on note cards that can be put away until your first anniversary,” suggests Julie Savage-Parekh of Strawberry Milk Events & Styling. Another idea: Ask guests to sign a framed picture or object for display in your home.


We'd love to hear what fun things you are planning for your cocktail hour to keep guests talking for years to come!