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Making the most of Cocktail Hour

Making the most of Cocktail Hour


Ok, so I’m pretty sure this is an Americanism, so translated it’s the time between the ceremony and the Wedding Breakfast… But that would be too much wording for a Blog title.

This is probably one of the biggest worries (in regards to guests) that couples face. They don’t want it to drag on for too long because then people get bored. But you don’t want it too short otherwise your day really will fly by.

So what can you do, to make the most of this time?

Firstly, this is usually prime time for your group and couple photos. Depending on your arrangements, will depend on how long this takes. But even then…. It’s not going to take hours (unless this is what you are expecting of course).

You have to remember at this point, it’s a good time to get around your guests and Thank them for coming. Sometimes it’s not possible, or even then, you still may be worrying if they are entertained or not.

There are several things you can do, to make this time go ‘easier’

#1 – If you have children at your Wedding, now is the time to have them occupied. Nothing is going to make parents time drag, than having to deal with screaming, bored, children. So think, bouncy castles, drawing corners, face painting and kids’ zones. Somewhere the parents can place their child knowing they are 100% safe, enjoying themselves and freeing up their time to unwind a little.

#2 – A Magician. Perhaps I have a slight biased approach to this (I’m a huge fan of the art) but nothing can entertain guests of all ages quite like a close up magician. After watching 3 work their magic (literally) at recent Weddings I can honestly say that each of them really did work the crowd, had them laughing, entertained and puzzled. A couple of hours is sufficient and will guarantee to be a talking point of your wedding.

#3 – Games. Think Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Snakes and Ladders, for the more ‘older children’, Beer Pong. Just make sure you keep the Monopoly at home… we all know where that leads.

#4 – A Band. This can be a little hit and miss, not because of The Band but because not everyone wants to jump on a Dance Floor in the middle of the day. That Dutch courage hasn’t quite kicked in yet.

#5 – A Caricaturist. Who doesn’t want to have their picture drawn by one of these? There are plenty about and you’ll find they may even have people queuing

#6 – Celebrity Look-a-likes. Have your guests stumped with a Celebrity walking around on YOUR big day. Offering plenty of ‘selfie’ opportunities. This will keep your guests talking about your Wedding on Social Media all day long!! (Unless of course, you don’t wish them to)

#7 – Leave people be. There will always be those few who simply want to sit and enjoy their pint in peace. That’s fine. They’re fine. They came to see you on your BIG day and that’s all that matters.

And that’s just for those 2-3 hours in between.

There are plenty of opportunities and options for entertainment all day long.

Know somebody who might benefit from this, feel free to share!

Thanks for reading.

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