8 Tips for Planning the Ultimate Wedding Cocktail Hour

Cocktail hour. It is the transition between ceremony and reception. Prelude to the feast and festivities. A time to mingle, sip, and snack. But if you really want to take things up a notch, you’ve got to pay attention to what the experience is like for your guests. You will likely be occupied taking pictures, bustling dresses, and sharing private moments with your new spouse immediately following the ceremony. In an effort to help you keep your guests entertained and satisfied while you are otherwise engaged, RiverStone has compiled 8 tips for planning the ultimate wedding cocktail hour!


1. Music

Single musicians, duets, trios or a band! Bring in some live music to entertain your guests while they mingle about.

Or collaborate with your DJ to create the perfect cocktail hour playlist of mellow, feel-good classics. Setting the right mood and selecting the right volume will go a long way toward encouraging easy conversation amongst your guests.

2. Games

Lawn checkers, giant Jenga, Tic Tac Toe, and Cornhole (Bags). Lawn games and life-sized board games are a ton of fun. Plus they make great gathering places for guests of all ages.

3. Stylish Setting

The right setting makes all the difference when it comes to cocktail hour ambiance. And RiverStone’s got you covered! We are passionate about partnering with you to enhance your personal style of modern elegance! Contact us today to book a tour of our facility.

4. Comfortable Seating

Couches and armchairs, barstools, and coffee tables. Seating that is adequate and inviting will ensure the comfort of anyone who wants to kick up their feet or is simply looking for a cozy place to talk.


5. Open Bar

An open bar establishes a hospitable, celebratory atmosphere, and it is your chance to get creative with the drinks you choose to serve. Consider this your prime time to showcase specialty and signature cocktails.

6. Customization

Cozies, napkins, wine bottle labels and openers, mason jars, and paper straws. Customize your cocktail hour accessories with monograms, fun facts about you as a couple, and dates that are important to your relationship. Your guests will love the extra special, personalized touch!

7. Nonalcoholic options

Be sure to have a variety of nonalcoholic options available for your guests as well.


8. Delectable hors d’oeuvres

Last, but not least, you’ve got to have some good eats! Pick your hors d’oeurves carefully, and try to incorporate a variety of colors, flavors, and textures in order to satisfy a lot of different tastebuds with your cocktail hour menu.