As a couple getting married in Virginia, you want nothing less than perfection for your Big Day. And that’s normal, given how important this event is for you, right?
Does that mean you absolutely have to do what everyone else is doing too? Does that mean you HAVE TO include a wedding cocktail hour between the ceremony and the reception?
We’ve got the answers you’re looking for – so read on if you want to find out more about this.
- If you want the very short answer, no, you really shouldn’t feel pushed into having a cocktail hour. A lot of couples want it because there are reasons to want it – but you might as well have your own reasons not to want it as well.
- For instance, you may be running quite short when it comes to time and if you want your wedding reception to be longer, it’s perfectly fine to skip the cocktail hour. Or, why not, you may simply want to move right into the big party and skip the “pre-drinks” of the cocktail hour. That’s perfectly OK too – it’s your choice.
- Keep in mind that having a cocktail hour can be quite beneficial too, though. For instance, it’s a wonderful opportunity for your guests to reconnect and socialize. It’s a wonderful way of adding personality to your wedding. And it’s a GREAT way to build up the atmosphere before the big party (believe it or not, most guests are looking forward to the cocktail hour more than they’re looking forward to the wedding reception!).
- Having a cocktail hour is great if you want to shoot wedding day photos too. Sneaking out of the wedding to shoot pictures is perfectly admissible and OK, but you shouldn’t be away for too long either – or else, your guests may see this as impolite. If you think the photo shooting will take more than one hour, try to see if you can schedule it before or after the wedding (or simply lower the number of poses you want to take between the ceremony and the reception).
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