What most wedding guests don’t realize is that the purpose of a wedding cocktail hour is to allow the wedding party time to capture those perfect photos after the ceremony. While your guests mingle, enjoy scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, and grab drinks from the bar, you and your wedding party are busy working with your photographer so that you can enjoy the rest of the evening with your partner, family, and friends.

One of the struggles of hosting a successful cocktail hour is keeping your guests entertained in that limbo between ceremony and reception. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure that your cocktail hour will be a roaring success:

  • Offer a signature drink.
    Add a little something extra to your bar with a creative cocktail. From crushes and mojitos to punches and margaritas, your guests will love to try the cocktail that you have claimed as your signature drink.
  • Provide favors for your guests.
    Favors are a great way to honor and thank your guests for being there with you on your special day. A favors table gives your guests a little something extra to do during your cocktail hour!
  • Set up a few games.
    If you have the space to set up family games like corn hole or oversized Jenga, your guests will have a blast playing together during your cocktail hour.
  • Everyone loves a good Photo Booth.
    Whether you hire a vendor or prefer to do it yourself, photo booths are such a fun and interactive wedding activity. Not only do photo booths keep your guests busy and entertained, but your guests will also be able to capture those special moments that they experience as they witness your big day. Throw some silly props on a table and your guests will cherish those photos long after your wedding day.

XO, Your Planners
Maddy & Cassidy