A cocktail hour may sound like an unnecessary extra—but for many couples, it’s becoming a must-have part of the wedding celebration. Not only does it provide you with much-needed transition time between the ceremony and the reception, but it also gets your guests into the party spirit! Find out why you should have a cocktail hour at your wedding.
Your Guests Will Love It
Surveys show that many wedding guests expect a cocktail hour and look forward to it immensely. They like having the time to chat and mingle, and of course, they also love the drinks! If you have a cocktail hour, your guests will likely remember it fondly long after the wedding is over.
You Can Add Custom Touches
If you’re looking for another way to make your wedding stand out, a cocktail hour is a good place to focus that creative energy. The cocktail hour is an opportunity to further personalize the decor, drinks, food, and other elements of your wedding celebration.
During the cocktail hour, you can showcase your family history, your personality as a couple, or your culture or ethnicity. Explore ways to reveal cute details of your first encounter or dating life. Ask your event team or caterer about the possibility of creating signature drinks with catchy names to share during the cocktail hour.
You Get More Photo Ops
The cocktail hour is the perfect time to snap candid shots with friends! Be sure to display your wedding hashtags and other essential social media info on a screen or a banner in the cocktail party space. That way, everyone can share photos and memories with each other.
You Gain Extra Time
Do you need time for additional wedding photos, clothing changes, or other details? You can take care of any necessary tasks while your guests are enjoying themselves with the cocktails and canapes. Instead of a tight wedding schedule that feels rushed, cocktails provides that crucial transitional time between the ceremony and the reception.
It Puts Everyone in the Party Mood
The cocktail hour allows everyone to decompress after the formality of the ceremony. They can discuss the ceremony, reconnect with out-of-town relatives, and begin moving into the celebratory mindset. By the time cocktails are over, everyone should be comfortable, happy, revved up and ready to party with you during the reception!
It’s Already Included
An enjoyable cocktail hour doesn’t have to break your wedding budget. It doesn’t need a myriad of different drink options, a carving station, or lots of pricey delicacies. You can keep in simple and elegant, with a streamlined cocktail menu.
Nanina’s in the Park has been dedicated to planning and executing amazing weddings for over 6 decades. Talk to one of our event specialists to find some choices that fit your vision and budget, and we’ll help you design a day your guests won’t soon forget. If you haven’t come by the estate for a tour yet, go ahead and schedule that tour; and be sure to reserve the date for your event, since our calendar fills up quickly.