5 Tips for a Memorable Cocktail Hour

Throughout our time as Fort Wayne wedding photographers, we’ve been to some pretty epic weddings. Our couples know how to throw a pretty rad party, and we’ve got our list of must haves for any event. First, we’re going to break down cocktail hours, and how to plan the most epic, most memorable cocktail hour […]

Throughout our time as Fort Wayne wedding photographers, we’ve been to some pretty epic weddings. Our couples know how to throw a pretty rad party, and we’ve got our list of must haves for any event. First, we’re going to break down cocktail hours, and how to plan the most epic, most memorable cocktail hour for guests to enjoy! Newly engaged couples strive to bring the fun and plan an event for friends and family to remember for years to come, and these tips will help do just that. We’ll share some of our favorite things we’ve seen at our weddings!
couple walking through grass holding hands before memorable cocktail hour

Creating a Memorable Cocktail Hour

custom drink menu for memorable cocktail hour

Custom Bride and Groom Drinks  – First, one of our favorite trends we’ve seen – custom couple drinks! Throughout the wedding planning, and menu curating, don’t forget to add your favorite drinks to the menu. Your guests will love ordering drinks that you recommend, and making the event that much more unique. Whether you’re a lemonade fan, or a margarita lover, showcase your favorites on your big day. Offer a his and hers option and see which guests prefer, it’ll be another fun element to your event.

dj's holding microphone and getting party started at cocktail hour

Music Please – What’s a cocktail party without a little music! Sit down with your partner and pick some music you love to get the party started, and set the mood for what’s to come. Let your guests choose some music too to bring the whole event together.

bride and groom laying in leaves on ground before wedding reception

Plan Games and Activities – Yard games at wedding receptions and cocktail hours are all the rage. If you’re looking to craft a memorable cocktail hour, consider incorporating games to the night. If you’re planning a summer wedding outdoors, consider adding corn hole, Jenga, or horseshoes! While planning, check out some of our favorite outdoor games here!

stacks of pizza and ranch for late night snack at wedding reception

Variety of Appetizers – Later, after the drinks are served, delicious food should follow! While curating your appetizer menu, don’t be afraid to offer sweet and savory options. Let them be a complement to the drinks on your custom menu. Throughout the evening your guests will enjoy the variety of appetizer choices while dancing the night away.

bride and groom embracing and standing in front of flower wall at wedding reception

More Pictures! –  We wouldn’t be photographers, if we didn’t mention the importance of pictures. During your memorable cocktail hour don’t forget to provide opportunities for pictures to look back on. Whether that’s a photobooth, a backdrop, or just photographers like us there to capture it all!

bridal party walking towards camera during outdoor summer wedding

Nevertheless while planning your Fort Wayne memorable cocktail hour, make it about you and your love. Celebrate what makes your love story unique, and we’ll be there to celebrate you along the way. Looking for your dream wedding photographers? Let’s do it!

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