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Having a Cocktail Hour before the Wedding Ceremony Is Not a Bad Idea

Most people have their cocktail hour after the wedding ceremony and right before the wedding reception – and it makes sense this way, because this is a time for the guests to “get their party mood on” and for the couple to shoot some pictures.

How about having the cocktail hour before the wedding ceremony, though? What are the benefits of making this switch – and how to actually pull it off?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.


  • The main advantage of having the Cocktail hour before the ceremony is that it allows everyone to relax and enter a good mood. If your ceremony doesn’t last for more than 15-20 minutes (which is actually the recommended amount of time a ceremony should last for), the cocktail hour will put a smile on your guests’ faces and they will not feel jittery during the ceremony. Moreover, after your big exit, you can move straight to the big party itself!
  • If you want to pull this off, you have to make sure you offer snacks to go with the drinks as well. cocktail hours should always include some sort of food – but if you want to have it before the ceremony (which is most likely around brunch time), you want to make sure guests don’t drink on an empty stomach. The great news about this is that you can serve pastry and brunch foods that are quite affordable and taste amazing too!
  • The ceremony should take place very near the cocktail hour (and near the reception venue as well). Going from one location to another is not a good idea in this case because some of the guests might get lost on their way from the Cocktail hour to the ceremony.
  • Last, but not least, you might want to ask the waiters to collect glasses before the ceremony. You want guests to understand that drinking during the ceremony (or worse, leaving it to get a refill) is not something you condone – so be very clear about this.


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