Cocktail Hour: Transition to Tantalizing
Updated: Aug 7, 2019
Your wedding or event's cocktail hour (or hour and a half) is the segue (yes that's how you spell it) from fellowship to fun...
Your event's cocktail hour is the chance for your guests to get to know one another before the formal seating of the dinner reception. When the guest of honor(s) join the cocktail hour, there are cheers and laughter, and they now have the their first opportunity to greet their guests, and have a glass of wine, beer or mixed drink.
Change the tone by having a private bridal cocktail hour. The release from the tenseness of the ceremony turns into pure comradely as the bride and groom, bridal party and family recount moments of the day's preparation and ceremony.
Cocktail hour sets the mood for the remainder of the event. Plan a cocktail hour that that creates the perfect transition to your lunch or dinner reception.
Booze or No Booze, THAT is the Question!
There are a few options when it comes to adult refreshments.
+ OPEN BAR - The guests are welcome to order their beverage of choice, at no cost, minus the tip of course. Come on, he's working all night :)
+ CASH BAR - The guests are welcome to order their beverage of choice, BUT at their expense, Try to avoid this option, especially if I am to receive an invitation!
+ NO BAR - For the more budget-minded, or conservative events. Just, really, don't send me an invitation. What's your address. I'll send a gift.
IF YOU DECIDE TO SERVE ALCOHOL, CREATE A SPECIAL THEMED DRINK THAT IS RELEVANT TO THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE COUPLE OR HONOREE. GIVE IT A FUN NAME. CREATE AN OFFICIAL SIGN ANNOUNCING YOUR CUSTOM SPECIALTY DRINK AND THE STORY THAT GOES WITH IT. PLACE IT ON THE BAR FOR THE GUESTS TO SEE.
- Brett Wasserman