Will It Make People Mad If We Skip Cocktail Hour?

People will be fine without, right?


Q:My fiancé and I are planning a wedding for late fall. The guest list has expanded by fifty people (on top of the hundred we started with), and as we’re hosting a sit-down catered dinner at a local restaurant, I’m looking for ways to cut some costs. Our ceremony will be held at 1:00 in the afternoon, and dinner is expected to be served around 5:30. We’ll have photos taken between the ceremony and the reception.

I am having trouble deciding whether or not it is necessary to have a cocktail hour before our sit-down dinner at the reception location. I would like to offer guests something, since it is quite a stretch from ceremony to reception… but am struggling to justify the extra cost.

If we forego a formal “cocktail hour” what else can we do to appease guests appetites until dinner is served? Is this our responsibility? Is a cocktail hour really necessary in the first place?

did you have a cocktail hour at your wedding? if not, how did you keep guests happy during down time? what are alternatives to a cocktail hour that have worked for you?

 If you want the APW community’s two cents, send it to QUESTIONS AT APRACTICALWEDDING DOT COM, and we’ll do our best to crowd source you some answers!

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