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Cocktail Hour Essentials: Things to Consider for Your Pre-Reception Celebration



It is important to make the most of your cocktail hour. This can be a great opportunity to socialize with your guests, take some beautiful photos, and kick off the celebration of your special day.


So, what are some things you can include in your cocktail hour to enhance the experience? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Guest book and pens: This can be a fun way for your guests to share their well wishes and memories with you.

  • Card box: Provide a designated spot for your guests to place any cards or gifts that they bring with them.

  • Escort cards or place cards: These can help your guests find their assigned seats for the reception.

  • Guest wishes, advice, notes: Consider providing a small notebook or other stationery for your guests to write down any advice, well wishes, or notes for you to read later.

  • Engagement photos or bridal portrait: Displaying these photos can add a personal touch and can provide a conversation starter for your guests.

  • Seating chart: If you are having assigned seating for your reception, consider displaying a seating chart to help your guests find their assigned tables.

  • Welcome sign: A welcome sign can be a nice touch and can set the tone for your celebration.

I hope these suggestions are helpful as you plan your cocktail hour. Don't forget to personalize the experience with any additional elements that you think will make it special and meaningful for you and your guests.




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