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Having a cocktail hour may not be mandatory – but it sure is a great way to make sure your guests don’t get bored while you are away, shooting for your wedding photo album. Plus, the cocktail hour makes for the perfect “pass” from the ceremony and into your exquisite reception. Having such a moment is great for the “flow” of your entire wedding.

How to make sure you plan a cocktail hour people will love? We have gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more…

· Offer great appetizers & drinks. The cocktail hour is all about setting the “party mood”- so make sure you provide your guests with some delicious passed Hors d’Oeuvres, and a well-stocked open bar and with non-alcoholic options too. If your budget is king, only wine and beer is completely acceptable. However if your budget is subject to your every whim, add some uniqueness to your cocktail hour by serving a signature cocktail. Cold appetizers are always a more budget-friendly option than hot, so plan accordingly.

· Offer comfortable seating. You cannot keep all of your guests standing for an entire hour in their party clothes – so making sure to provide them with ample seating options. You may choose to upgrade your event with comfy lounge-like outdoor furniture.

· Offer entertainment. Just like your reception, your cocktail hour needs its fair share of entertainment too. It may not be as loud as the music you choose for dancing at the post-dinner reception – but it should not be overlooked. A bit of relaxing, accoustic music in the background, and some ice breaking games for the guests – these details can make a world of difference! As always, if your budget is important, take the time to load your Ipod or Android with awesome tunes. Nothing sets the mood you desire like a well-thought-out playlist.

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