Your wedding should represent your style as a couple. One of the best ways to express that? Your menu + drink selections! Cocktail hour is one of our favorite places to get creative and customize the guest experience. See our top 5 favorite cocktail hour trends below!
- Flights and bites – Micro and craft beer are all the rave right now and for good reason! There are many ways to incorporate your favorite brews into your day. Create a beer garden experience for your guests during cocktail hour and have a sample beer tasting station from your favorite brewery. We also love the concept of flights and bites! Consider pairing each of your passed hors d’oeuvres with a suggested beer sample.
- Speaking of pairing – what about perfect pairings! Build on the idea of being a perfect pair with a perfectly paired cocktail station. Some of our favorites include: mini grilled cheese bites and tomato soup sip in the fall, mini margaritas and an assortment of tacos or even chicken and waffles!
- The conversation of stations continues. Interactive chef stations – another trend that we don’t think is going out of style anytime soon. You want to think about the overall guest experience the whole time you are planning your wedding. Giving guests an interactive experience is more than a memorable way to leave a lasting impression! Talk to your caterer about the different options they have available to get the chef out of the kitchen and onto the floor!
- His + Her Cocktails – Different than a specialty cocktail because it’s not in addition to your catering or alcohol cost! All you need is some adorable bar signage that suggests to guests what your favorite libations are. | “Jess suggests gin and cucumber, Brad prefers whiskey ginger”
Photography: Pasha Belman Photography
5. The places you’ll go! We often times define memorable moments and relationships with places we’ve been. Add a personal touch to your cocktail hour by sharing a special place with all of your guests. Got engaged in Paris? How about caviar and champagne? Met in New Orleans? What about a cajun crawfish boil?!
Photography: Meg Runion Studios