Unique Wedding Cocktail Hour Ideas

The cocktail hour at a wedding is typically a time for guests to mingle and relax while they wait for dinner to begin, but it can be much more than that. Here are some ways to liven up your cocktail hour and encourage your family and friends to break the ice and get to know each other.

Cocktails and Appetizers

During the cocktail hour, your guests don’t necessarily have to go to a bar to be served beer and wine. You can offer your family members and friends a signature cocktail served in custom glasses emblazoned with your names on them, or you can have cocktail napkins customized for your wedding.

You also don’t have to limit the menu to standard appetizers during the cocktail hour. With so many enhancement options to choose from you can let your guests sample all sorts of unique cuisine options and other fun treats that are popular, trendy, or have a cultural significance.

Music Choices

You may have hired a band or a DJ to entertain guests at your wedding but if you want to do something a little different during the cocktail hour to make it special, you could consider hiring another individual or group to perform. Classical or Jazz ensembles, singing, special dancing, or other performances are sure to be a big hit! If you’ve got loved ones with special talents, you may even ask them to perform or sing an original song.

Fun and Games

A cocktail hour doesn’t just have to be a time to drink and chat. It can be an opportunity for guests to play games and get to know each other in a light-hearted setting. You can put out games, such as checkers or mind teasers for your family and friends to play. If you’re hosting the reception outdoors, your guests can enjoy lawn games, such as cornhole, horseshoes, or croquet. There are so many fun ways to get guests warmed up for all the great festivities to come.

Make Your Wedding Unforgettable

The staff at the Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station will make sure that your wedding reception will be a most memorable event. Our state-of-the-art Connecticut venue overlooks the Connecticut River and sits across from the Goodspeed Opera House- joined by the historic East Haddam Swing Bridge. The private facility boasts a 300-seat ballroom, a two-story atrium, private suites, and a ceremonial bridal patio with gardens. Our four-star chef can create a delicious meal that will be sure to delight your family and friends. If you’re looking for a stunning location, breathtaking ambiance, and delectable cuisine for your upcoming nuptials, contact the Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station to discuss your vision and how we can make it a reality.

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