The options are nearly endless when it comes to the choices that you have to make your wedding unique and truly your own to celebrate your nuptials. One of the fun things that couples often overlook is the happy hour after the ceremony and before the reception officially begins. You can think of the wedding cocktail hour as the perfect happy hour event to kick off the celebration for you and your guests. We have put together a list of some wonderful cocktail hour ideas that you guests will absolutely love.
Background music is a simple touch that guests will enjoy. If you chose a live band to perform at your wedding, ask the string performers to play softly as guests mingle, dine and drink during the cocktail hour. You can nix the boring elevator music and ask your band to perform music to match the mood of the event.
The decor that you choose for your wedding, whether it will be indoors or outside, can set the mood for the entire event. If the cocktail hour is located in the Garden of Brookshire and your reception is held in the Ballroom, you can bring your theme outdoors in small touches so guests will have a taste of the grandeur that they can expect from the main event. The theme can be carried over in as something as simple as the floral decor to having themed appetizers or drinks.
If your budget does not warrant a full open bar, instead serve beer, wine and a signature cocktail to celebrate your event. Getting married in the summertime allows people to enjoy drinks that cool them off so creating a signature cocktail that will wet the whistle of your guests is perfect. If you decide to tie the knot in the fall, a spicy pumpkin or apple cocktail is perfect to compliment the cooler climate.
Your cocktail hour should provide a small tasting menu to tie guests over until the main meal is served during your event. Make sure the menu that you choose is diverse so all of your guests find something to eat. Don’t forget to include one or two vegetarian options. A great start to choose the base of your menu is to choose from the flavor something sweet, savory, a little salty and a touch bitter. If any of your guests have allergies, don’t forget to alert our chefs as we are happy to make accommodations. Lastly, make sure the cocktail hour treats are one or two bites so your guests don’t go overboard and spoil their appetite for the main meal.
Personalized napkins, and bar ware can take your cocktail hour from ordinary to extraordinary. Your guests will notice the personal touches that you put onto your cocktail hour and will remember it. A great thank you gift for your guests take home is personalized wine glasses with your wedding date stamped on it. Your guests can enjoy a glass or two of wine during cocktail hour and take the glass home with them to enjoy time and time again and be reminded of your amazing wedding event at Chandler’s Gardens.
We here at Chandler’s Gardens are here to help you make your wedding dreams come to reality. The cocktail hour that we will help you design will be remembered by guests as gorgeous, tasty and downright fun. Contact us to find out what other tips we have in mind to make the cocktail hour during your wedding event here at Chandler’s Gardens extraordinary.