Congratulations, you’re officially married! You walked down the aisle, said your I-Do’s, and now you’re off to capture some fabulous photos as your guests head to quench their thirst at the cocktail hour. This is a time for your guests to mingle, grab a drink, play a game, and enjoy the scenery. Hosting a cocktail hour is a wonderful way for guests to settle into the venue, and can set the tone for the entire event. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your cocktail hour is a hit!
Cocktail hour is a time for guests to mingle and get comfortable in the event space. Some people may like to sit, others may prefer to stand, but either way, ensure you offer enough space for them to move around. Ample seating is key for those who want to save their energy before dancing the night away.
Offer Guests an interactive experience - Guests of all ages love to DIY. Kids love to pour their own fruity mocktails and add fruit to make it extra special, or make their own frozen yogurt to cleanse the palate before the meal. Adults enjoy a pour-it-yourself bar, or a fancy oyster bar.
Don’t forget about guests who don’t drink! Providing a fun, non-alcoholic alternative will help to ensure everyone feels included!
Keep them entertained - There are so many ways to keep your guests busy during this time. Outdoor games such as Cornhole, or Ring Toss will keep guests of all ages laughing and enjoying themselves. Another great idea is to create “gift bags” for the children - colouring books and crayons, or bubbles and ring pops will be sure to keep them busy.
Set the Mood - Music is key! Besides the venue itself, the music sets the tone for the evening. Some choose to play their favourite love songs during this time, while other couples are breaking the barriers and playing their favourite throwback songs. Another wonderful idea is having live music during this time - surprise guests with a jazz performance, or hire an acoustic guitarist to woo them.
- Keep it Seasonal - Creating a Signature Drink and offering canapes that match the season are a great way to incorporate the weather into your event. If your wedding is in the winter, pairing a Pear Martini with a Brie and Caramelized Apple canape would be the perfect way to tie in the season.
These are just a few helpful hints to make sure your cocktail hour is just as memorable for your guests, as it is for you. Cheers!