It is Wednesday and I want to share my Wedding Wednesday day tip with you! Today I want my brides and grooms to consider a cocktail hour. The cocktail hour has become a very popular trend with many couples on their wedding day. Aside from the fact that they are fun, cocktail hours provide your guests and family a place to sit and chat with each other while sipping a beverage. This can be used for several VALUABLE reasons, and I want to discuss how you can use a cocktail hour to benefit you!
Let me start with the pre-wedding cocktail hour! You may choose to have your cocktail hour before the wedding ceremony. Many couples are opting to have their formal wedding photos taken before the ceremony begins, and a pre-ceremony cocktail hour gives your guests something fun to keep them occupied as they are arriving to your wedding. There are advantages to having your formal wedding and family photos taken before the ceremony. The main advantage is that you and your bridal party will look fresh and neat, without as many wrinkles in your dress as you may afterward. Just remember that if you choose to have a pre-wedding cocktail hour, you are doing this for your guests. The bride should always save her appearance for the ceremony.
If you and your fiance are choosing not to see each other before the ceremony, then maybe a post-ceremony cocktail hour would be better for you. After your ceremony, your guests can enjoy a drink or two and maybe even light hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour. This will allow your caterer time to complete the finishing touches on your formal dinner service or buffet line while also giving you and your photographer time to finish up your formal wedding photos. There is nothing more horrible then asking your friends and family who have come to support you on the biggest day of your life, to wait on you while you take pictures. And with a post-ceremony cocktail hour, you may actually get to participate in it with your guests once your photos are finished. So cocktail hours are a great way to keep everyone happy!
Cocktail hours, whether they be before your ceremony or after, should be planned to produce an atmosphere conducive to informal socializing. Remember that you are only wanting to make your guests comfortable while they wait. Keep it simple, yet comfortable. Serving a specific drink, possibly tying in your wedding theme or wedding colors to the drink, will make things fun and memorable for your guests. But keep in mind, while you want your guests to socialize and mingle, you do not want to create a room full of intoxicated people. So save the main drinks for your open bar at your reception!
Want to see what a cocktail party is all about? Check these out these signature drinks that I found over at Martha Stuart Weddings! Click on the photos to take you to the site to learn how to make these fabulous, eye pleasing, tummy yummy drinks for your own cocktail hour!
And for more cocktail hour signature drink ideas… be sure to check out Martha Stuart Weddings SIGNATURE DRINKS.