Wedding Cocktail Hour Ideas: How to plan the cocktail hour for your wedding (And Our Little Secret for Passing the Time)
You may be wondering why a gelato store is writing about wedding receptions and wedding cocktail hour ideas. Part of the reason is that we are excited about the prospect of helping brides and grooms to plan an exciting reception and cocktail hour. Plus, our signature treat makes this ‘hour’ extra special. We have the perfect addition that could make a wedding awesome – for cocktail hours or receptions.
But enough about us. Today, we’re looking at Wedding Cocktail Hour Ideas for our Canadian wedding couples, and we have an extra special – AKA tasty – secret for passing the time.
How to plan the cocktail hour for your wedding
Your cocktail hour needs to be an awesome prelude to your wedding reception, especially if you are you planning to take your wedding pictures right after the ceremony. So, you need to make fun plans for what your guests will do while they wait.
Nothing is worse than guests milling about with nothing to do. Of course, they are going to notice how long you are taking with the pictures. But, with these tips, they won’t even notice how fast the time has passed as they have an exciting cocktail hour.
Planning your wedding cocktail hour isn’t easy, but you can make it unforgettable for your guests.
So, in planning your cocktail hour, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Make it your own – personalize it
- Keep it a bit trendy
- Make the hors d’oeuvres unforgettable
- Think about both the kids and the adults
Our Wedding Cocktail Hour Ideas
So, what sort of Cocktails While Your Guests Wait are perfect for that brief interlude between the ceremony and reception? Trying to find activities for your wedding guests to do between the ceremony and reception can be hard. But, once you cover the big three you will be alright – hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and entertainment.
As the name suggests, you need to have some cocktails for the ladies and gents to drink. So, an open bar is a great concept. If you’re limited for funds, stick to a few selections so you can buy in bulk and leave the more signature items for the reception. Think about making a Signature Cocktail as a standout drink for the period.
Tasty Treats and Snacks – What hors d’oeuvres are you serving for the Wedding Cocktail Hour?
When it comes on to what you plan to serve for your wedding cocktail hour, this is where we look at the hors d’oeuvres – tasty treats and snacks. So, some things to consider when deciding on treats is making the snack memorable, looking for vegan and allergy-friendly options, and displaying them in a way that leaves a lasting impression.
Signature Treats – Gelato from our Gelato Cart for Weddings
So, this is our little secret to passing the time. Yes, we are a gelato cart store, so you may feel that we are a bit biased here. But, think about it. You enjoy gelato. Some of you have visited our gelato store in Port Perry, so you know how delightful it tastes. Now, imagine your guests enjoying a nice cool gelato on a warm sunny day with a quaint little cart.
This is one of the ways that you can wow your guests. Having a gelato cart at a wedding is pretty much a novel idea in Canada. So, you would be a trendsetter offering a treat that not many of your guests will have thought of.
Most persons enjoy a tasty gelato. And to have this treat easily accessible while they wait on you will help to make the time run by so quickly. Plus, the cart is entirely customizable to include your signature gelato treat or treats.
It’s also a great addition if you plan to have kids at your wedding. But we can all agree – gelato is special whether you’re a kid or an adult.
Entertainment for your guests during cocktail hour
Entertainment is the third aspect of making a great hour. Like we shared before, some of the best ways to entertain guests during this period include:
- Taking pictures at a photo booth with fun props
- Signing an interactive guestbook
Read more here: Three Things to do between the wedding ceremony and reception
You can also consider having games for the young and young at heart.
Music is the next essential for the cocktail hour. Not that you’ll have it at full blast as you would at the dancing at the reception. But, music can keep the mood mellow and light and prevent the time from passing by drearily.
Finally, make sure there is seating. We know that this isn’t really entertainment, but some guests will enjoy having comfortable seating if they don’t want to be standing for the entire period.
Make Your Cocktail Hour Unforgettable
Make your cocktail hour extra special with these wedding cocktail hour ideas for one of the exciting periods of your wedding day. At Perfect Scoop, we enjoy helping our Ontario wedding couples incorporate sweet treats at their weddings. So, contact us about our gelato cart wedding catering service if you want to make your day sensational, enjoyable, and indulgent.
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