The ceremony has gone off without a hitch, and now it’s time for your guests to mix and mingle during cocktail hour to kick off the celebration! We’ve compiled a few things that will help make your cocktail hour fun, safe, and uniquely you! Who doesn’t love a specialty drink? Whether it’s a fun name or cool concoction, guests love to order these up and get the party started! This is also a fun way for you to incorporate something special from you and your partner into the reception.
Seating is a great addition to any cocktail hour. While it isn’t a “must have” it is a great option to make the space more personal and cozy for guests.
We are all about signature cocktails, and we think every couple should create at least one for their wedding. Consider the season when making your drink selections. If it’s cold outside guests may enjoy a hard cider or hot chocolate. If it’s warm out you may do a long island iced tea, pink lemonade or something along those lines. It’s an easy and fun way to add even more of your personality and, if you get really creative, it could be a great conversation starter for your guests.
3. Food Options
Cocktail hour is also a place to have some fun with your food! Introduce guests to the local fare, or create a custom menu that contains your favorite foods for guests to enjoy.
Entertain your guests! Having a DJ for your reception and want a live music component? Have your ceremony strings or a special musical guest for your cocktail hour. This can help keep costs down if you aren’t willing to splurge on a live band for the entire evening.
Personalize, personalize, personalize—keep this word in mind when you’re planning your wedding cocktail hour. Whether it’s monogrammed napkins, personalized koozies, or straws with DIY flags, there are tons of ways that you can really incorporate your personality or your wedding theme into the cocktail hour.