Cocktail hour is one of the most important aspects of your wedding reception. After you’ve said your “I do’s” and enjoyed a lovely meal with your guests, it’s time for cocktails!
But before you can enjoy those delicious drinks, a bit of set-up needs to be done. So, if you’re looking to add a bit of excitement to your cocktail hour, here are five ideas to get you started!
Utilize a Unique Venue
When setting up your cocktail hour, booking a unique venue can be a great way to make a lasting impression on your guests. Find a space that will offer plenty of room for mingling and conversation.
If you’re hosting your event outdoors, consider using a venue with an open-air pavilion or gazebo as your cocktail hour space. Locations like these often have beautiful grounds that provide a perfect backdrop for photos and mingling with guests.
Plus, they usually come with all the amenities you need to make your event a success, such as a full kitchen, event staff, and a ballroom!
Create a Signature Cocktail
Your guests will love having a signature cocktail to enjoy during your cocktail hour! It’s a great way to add a personal touch to your event and get everyone in the party spirit! Be sure to create enough of your signature cocktails for each guest to enjoy at least one.
Set Up an Elegant Buffet
An elegant buffet is a must-have for any cocktail hour. Your guests will love being able to nibble on delicious hors d’oeuvres as they mingle and chat with one another. Include savory and sweet options on your buffet to please everyone’s palate!
Have a Professional Company Serve You
While you can delegate serving cocktails to family members or friends, we highly recommend you book a professional company to tend to the cocktail hour. Why?
For one, it can help to create a more relaxed atmosphere. Having a company take care of cocktail hour can help take some stress off of you and your wedding party.
And it can add an element of fun and excitement to your wedding. Cocktail hour is often one of the most enjoyable parts of the evening, and having a professional company take care of it can make it even better.
Might we recommend Teresa’s Bartending Company? They’re one of our partner vendors and the company we require to serve alcohol at any event we host.
Hire Live Entertainment
Adding live entertainment to your cocktail hour is a great way to keep your guests entertained. Hire a band or DJ to provide music during your event. You can also hire performers such as dancers or jugglers to add an extra element of fun!
We guarantee your cocktail hour will be a hit with your guests if you try these great ideas! But remember, the venue you choose pretty much determines how well these ideas work. And your wedding venue will set the tone for your entire event, so it’s essential to take the time to find a place that fits your style and budget!
Have a look at the ideas we listed up there again; do you know a Texas wedding venue that can accommodate them? We do! It’s called Fort Worth Country Memories, one of the best budget-friendly wedding venues in Fort Worth and Dallas/DFW, Texas!
Our wedding venue is one of the unique places you can celebrate your Texas wedding. We say this because, more than beauty, our venue was built to ensure you have all you need for a lovely wedding. We offer features other wedding venues don’t because we know every couple wants a unique wedding!
How many wedding venues in Texas have miniature horses and a zebra for entertainment? And how many Texas wedding venues host a campfire with s’mores? Or have a golf cart shuttle, game-day rentals, sparkler, or light wand send-off? We offer these and so much more!
All these perks come bundled in our affordable packages. And if you’re talking about a conducive atmosphere for a cocktail hour, we have a cedar pavilion, several decorative photo op areas, and more than enough space for you to end the day with dancing! So, go ahead and click here to contact us today!
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