Don’t Forget the Cocktail Hour!
Wondering what to do with your wedding guests between the ceremony and reception? Cocktail hours are great, but let’s be honest. There’s only so much small talk that people can make – especially if it will be more than an hour until the reception starts. Don’t ignore this part of the day or write it off as downtime. You don’t want your guests to be eyeing the clock before the reception even starts! With some simple planning, you can make sure that your guests are entertained and enjoy the entire day. This will also keep the excitement going as you accelerate into the reception. There are, of course, all sorts of entertainment options that can be incorporated into the cocktail hour. Here are 5 of my favorites.
1. Comedian or Emcee – Lighten the mood with a comedian or emcee! A stand-up comedy act will have both sides of the family laughing together. You can also have a witty emcee walk around the cocktail hour to chat up guests and lighten the mood. Ask the entertainers to incorporate your own personal family stories to personalize the show for the bride and groom.
2. Interactive DIY Drink Station: Create a drink station where guests can make their own beverages. Everyone will have fun being mixologists and sampling different drinks. Include a variety of fruits and mixers, and display small signs with the couple’s favorite drink recipes.
3. Trapeze artists – Feeling fancy? Add a Cirque Du Soleil flair to your reception to get the party started with a trapeze artist, aerialist, and acrobatic performances.
4. Game Stations: Games are a great way to keep guests interactive and entertained. Setup game stations throughout the venue to help break the ice and get everyone mingling. A few simple ideas include a giant Jenga, corn hole customized with the couple’s monogram, ring toss, and trivia with facts about the wedding couple.
5. DIY Favor Station: Create DIY favor stations for guests to make their own crafty keepsakes. This will save you from purchasing wedding favors, while at the same time providing hours of entertainment for guests. One idea is to setup a photo craft station. Simply provide photos of the bride and groom in an inexpensive plain picture frame. Setup the table with supplies like rhinestones, glitter, paint markers, etc. for guests to decorate the frames. This leaves your guests with a party favor that
will always remind them of your wedding. I hope you enjoyed these entertaining ideas for the cocktail hour! This is really a great way to make sure that your entire wedding day is memorable from start to finish.
Dale McLean is the in-arena host for the NBA’s Miami HEAT as well as the host of HEAT TV. He also owns an entertainment company, “Dale The Host,” which offers entertainment services for weddings and special events. For more, visit http://www.dalethehost.com.