Congratulations! You’re married. The ceremony is over, and the celebration can begin. Some couples choose to host a cocktail hour in between their ceremony and wedding reception to entertain their guests while they are having all their wedding photos done.
It’s important to make your guests feel welcomed, and entertained while you’re completing your wedding photos.
HOW TO HOST A GREAT COCKTAIL HOUR…
FOOD & DRINKS:
Las Vegas is home to the very best in the culinary world. Your cocktail hour (if you're having a traditional wedding), is the perfect time to showcase some of the amazing food Vegas has to offer. When planning your menu, keep in mind if you'll have any vegetarians or vegans in attendance. Also, have enough food for everyone to have a few small choices, but don't serve so much food that your guests are too full for the main meal. For beverages, be sure to have drinks available to your guests. These can be hosted drinks, a cash bar, or a combination of both. If the cocktail area is outside make sure to provide hot drinks if it’s cold outside, cold drinks if it’s hot outside, and always have plenty of water.
Fresh mint leaves for the iced tea
Strawberry, raspberry, or blackberry lemonade
Lime & Cucumber water
A hot chocolate bar with marshmallows, cinnamon, chocolate sprinkles, or mint syrup
Apple Cider (hot or cold)
Variety of beers
Seating & Tables
Make sure you have seating and table options for guests. You don’t have to have seating for everyone, but be aware of guests who may not be able to stand for long periods of time, or can’t be out in the elements. Also make sure you have tables and linens for everything else you need. Check with your venue to see exactly what they provide with your space, or what can be added on for an extra fee. If the venue doesn’t provide the necessary tables, check with your caterers as well before you pay for any additional rentals.
Cocktail Hour Checklist