This is the time built into your Big Day schedule that acts as a buffer between the ceremony ending and the reception starting. The point is actually to distract guests from the behind the scenes happenings… the better you do that the more seamless and relaxed your wedding day is for everyone experiencing it.
Entertainment | Project Block 7
To tackle this Project, think about where you’ll be during the cocktail hour and how long you’ll be gone. I strongly recommend keeping this ‘hour’ under 45 minutes for guests. Make it just long enough for all the necessary things to happen behind the scenes in the provided cushion window: move chairs to the reception, caterer to prepare dinner, newlywed pictures, etc. Once you determine how long you’ll be gone or how much time is needed for smooth transitions, you can decide what might help guests enjoy the gap in the action.
Popular and easy solutions that actually give you some great pictures and fun memories are:
I Spy Camera Games with an Instagram Hashtag: Perhaps the photographer will be with YOU during cocktail hour and you won’t want to miss your guests having a great time. How fun is it to open up Instagram and go gleaning through your hashtag after your wedding day? Here is an example. You can custom order I Spy table tents HERE. You can also use a chalkboard or other cute sign. Here is a Pinterest Board for more inspiration!
Appetizers | Project Block 8
This Project can be simple or elaborate. Are guests going to be hungry immediately after your ceremony? What time of day will it be? Or, are guests going to go immediately from ceremony to dinner with no wait? Based on your amount of time between ceremony and dinner you can decide how much food to serve. Less than 20 minutes = light appetizers such as crackers, meat trays, etc. But more than 20 minutes might call for some delectable, savory hors d’oeuvres either hand-passed by servers or displayed.
No matter what you choose, talk to your caterer and decide where it will be displayed. The big piece of this Project is actually proximity. You don’t want to display all of your food in the same location where all of the transitions are happening. Where you put your display is where all the people will gather, so move and position your people accordingly. Give your caterer the space they need to cook and prep dinner without a crowd of hungry people around them.
You might even opt for a self-serve station of popcorn, or another treat that doubles as your favor as it is up all night and can be taken home later! Multipurpose expenses to save you big money!
For more inspirations on both Projects 8 and 9, check out the Pinterest Board HERE
The Wedding Bar | Project Block 9
These three Projects that make up the Cocktail Hour typically differ tremendously among couples. For simplicity sake, I put them all together. For more in-depth, details refer to your Project Block Workbook Wedding Planning Guide and ECourse.
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