This portion of your event does not have to be a budget breaker. With planning and style, you can set up the perfect cocktail hour. First, decide whether you will serve alcohol, (wine and beer) or just refreshing libations. Second, choose which finger foods will be easiest to serve to your guests. Some examples might be shrimp cocktail, sliders, or a themed food station. Third, will you hire servers, or secure the help of trusted family and friends to keep food stations stocked.
You may also want to consider games at your cocktail hour. This will give guests a fun distraction while waiting for you and the wedding party to return. The always popular corn hole, horse shoes, or ring toss are just a few.
With minimal planning and execution, you can provide your guests with a cocktail hour experience that they will be dazzled by!