Your wedding cocktail hour is a substantial part of your big day! After all, it will take up an entire hour, and should therefore present a great deal of entertainment for your guests.

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With delicious food, scrumptious drinks, and an inviting atmosphere, you can ensure that your wedding cocktail hour will be enjoyed. However, in order to create the best ambience, you will want to plan yours to perfection.

We understand how important it is to properly plan the events that will take place on your wedding day! That’s why, here at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, we have gathered some tips to assist you with planning your own wedding cocktail hour. If you all set to take in some helpful advice, be sure to continue reading:

  • Serve Scrumptious Food. Your wedding cocktail hour poses as the perfect time to serve your guests a lite bite to eat before your reception begins. Ideally, it’s best to present foods that are easy to consume and carry, as your guests will be walking around and mingling with one another. Consider one-bite options that can be served in shooters, large spoons, or mini plates, so that your guests can enjoy indulging in your cuisine with ease, as well as not get too filled up before your reception.
  • Present Delicious Drinks. The title of “cocktail hour” says it all…you should certainly serve up some delicious drinks at yours! It would be best to have an open bar where guests can order what they please. In addition, consider creating a signature drink, as a way to add a dash of personalization to your big day.
  • Showcase Entertainment. While the celebration won’t really begin until your wedding reception takes place, it would still be best to ensure that the atmosphere of your cocktail hour is inviting. A live band or quartet would be a wonderful way for you to present a welcoming ambience. Also, know that by presenting elements of fun, such as a caricature artists, photo booth, and even lawn games, would be festive ways to keep your guests entertained.

Your wedding cocktail hour should be a success! By utilizing these tips to plan yours, you can ensure that yours will be.

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If you are all set to host your nuptials, cocktail hour and all, within a wedding venue in Southern California, please get in touch with us here at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens. With years of experience hosting weddings, we would be pleased with the opportunity to do so for you as well as your San Diego wedding venue.


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