Cocktail Hour Ideas

Cocktail Hour Ideas

So much time and planning goes into the theme, décor, and other details of your wedding reception, but what about the cocktail hour? Don’t let this hour of power fall flat. There are some ideas to help make your cocktail hour something to remember.

• Although it may seem a little corny, organize various games for your guests to play while they’re enjoying appetizers and cocktails. For example, if your cocktail hour is in a garden setting, setup a croquet court. Also, a game of horseshoe is perfect in a sandy, beach locale.
• Photobooths are always popular to have at a reception, so why wait until after dinner for guests to partake in the photo fun? Open up the photobooth during cocktail hour, while guests are mingling and get the party started on a good foot.

• A simple guestbook and placecard table is always nice, so jazz it up a bit and be creative with the display. Ask guests to fill out cards with their hopes and words of wisdom for you to display on a “wish tree”; later, you can arrange all of the cards into a beautiful guestbook. Placecards can be arranged in a variety of manners, like hanging off an ornate Manzanita tree.

• Create a signature cocktail that represents you as a couple and pair it with appetizers that complement the flavors.

• Seating is normally scarce in the cocktail hour area, so have a lounge seating area for guests to enjoy, and can still be used later if guests want to escape for a bit from the reception.

• Music always helps set the mood, so hire a jazz band or harpist to create a classic and elegant atmosphere. Culture can also play a role in your relationship, so hiring a mariachi band, bagpiper, or the like may be the perfect touch. Be sure to reach out to us when you’re looking for the best wedding caterers San Diego has!

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