Over the past few years, the cocktail hour has moved from the opening act to center stage. With more and more couples extending their cocktail hour to be 1.5 hours or to hosting “cocktail hour” style receptions, couples are opting to focus extra attention on creating unique culinary experiences for guests to enjoy while mingling before the reception.
A mix of passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres, as well as action stations, have all become part of the modern cocktail hour. The cocktail hour is a great way to offer a wide variety of tastes and flavors, ensuring everyone will find something they enjoy or may try something new for the first time without having to commit to selecting it for a dinner choice.
An added benefit to the extended cocktail hour is the ability to skip the formality of a 3 course seated dinner and get everyone up and dancing that much sooner. After 1.5 hours of indulging, your guests are full and ready keep the night moving with toasts and festivities. Many couples are opting for a 2 course plated meal or one course with a late night dessert offering.