Let’s face it: one of the biggest downsides to a wedding is often the time spent lolly-gagging while the bridal party takes pictures post-ceremony. We’ve all been there, and some of us have even caused that. Don’t worry, brides-to-be, mothers-of-the-bride, and party planners – there is hope!
Why such a fun name like “cocktail hour” has become less than exhilarating we’ll never get figured out, but we do have several juicy ideas to squeeze into your celebration to help your guests feel 100% involved and special!
What’s first on our list of must-do’s? A drink tasting or pairing!
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We’re head over heels for this unique and scrumptious way to get your guests involved at the reception from the get-go! We’re doubtful there’s a better way to get the good times rolling at any style of wedding. You could go artsy with a beer tasting of all your local favs, or style your wedding with class and do a wine and cheese array! Neither of those make you sing? What about matching your drink pairing to your personal favorites? If your groom is the biggest bourbon enthusiast to grace the planet, why not host a bourbon and homemade caramels selection? We think the options are endless, and will certainly cause quite the hype at the reception.
If you’re looking for a bit more of a family friendly, backyard-style shebang throw in a little bit of wedding gameday fun! Most popular in the line of wedding games include I-Spy, Ring Toss, Backyard Bags, and even typical, classic board games! What better way to clinch your guests’ interest while you’re away smiling for the clickety-click?
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Personalize your games to enhance your wedding theme by choosing games particular to your family, your favorites as a couple, or your heritage! For a wedding fiesta have your guests work on breaking open piñatas – or – tether up your nautical themed wedding with knot-tying contests. Options are endless, clearly!
Last but certainly not least on the entertainment scale, why not invite an array of specialized vendors to your reception to amuse your guests? Dream a dream with this one – think cotton candy, popcorn machines, cartoonists, professional photographers and photobooth, and local eateries.
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With any of these snatches your guests will be so 100% beguiled for the entirety of your cocktail hour… they’ll even wish for more time!
About the Owner:
Amy Furrow is the owner of Marilyn’s Keepsakes an online wedding accessory and personalized gift boutique. She enjoys helping brides create their dream wedding by offering a one-stop shop for all their wedding day must-haves. From aisle runners and sand ceremony kits to wedding favors and champagne flutes, Marilyn’s Keepsakes has many styles and themes to choose from. Best of all? They offer FREE personalization.