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How to Wow Your Guests During Your Wedding Reception Cocktail Hour

Updated: Apr 19

When planning your wedding reception, you should think about what will start it off on the right note. That’s where the cocktail hour comes in! This prelude to the big event should have something to keep guests busy until the reception begins.



No matter which type of wedding you plan, there is one component that is essential…the food and drinks! Here are 4 tips on how to make your cocktail hour really dazzle with every little sip and bite!


1. Set up Gorgeous Grazing Stations


Grazing stations are among the hottest wedding reception cocktail hour trends. The tables are set up in a charcuterie board fashion and bring together the best of crudités, cheese, meat, fruit and nuts. These boards are every snack lover’s dream! And is an excellent way to allow guests to graze as they make their way to the bar for cocktails.


2. Hire a Caterer That Excels at Hors D'oeuvres Service


Ensure that the Wedding Caterer you’ve chosen for your big day is well versed in all things Hors D’oeuvres. One of the best options is to opt for walking servers to work the room with serving trays of appetizers to your congregating guests. You can choose from a variety of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres from traditional menu items like bruschetta, mini crab cakes, and shrimp cocktail bites to more unique offerings like mini beef wellington or chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce.


3. Choose a Canapé Table


If a grazing table or walking server cocktail hour isn’t your thing, an assortment of beautiful canapés ready for the taking on an elegantly decorated table might be for you. Canapés are bite size delights that always lend a polished and upscale look to any cocktail hour.


4. Design Your Own Signature Drink


Bespoke cocktails are another popular trend! Instead of serving typical drinks, have your servers bring around a concoction designed by none other than the bride and groom. Choose your favorite spirit and then get creative with the add-ins. Your caterer can help you match pairings in a phenomenal way.


Set the tone for your wedding reception with a cocktail hour that fits your style. Cole’s Catering Services will be there for you every step of the way. Excellent service is not just a statement…it’s our promise to you. Let us help you create your cocktail hour to perfection! Contact us today


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