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Entertaining Guests Between the Wedding Ceremony and Reception

Entertaining Guests Between the Wedding Ceremony and Reception


The time between your wedding ceremony and reception, often known as the cocktail hour, is not just a break in the festivities; it’s an opportunity to keep the celebration going while transitioning into the evening’s main event. At Complete Weddings + Events in Seattle, we have some creative ideas to keep your guests entertained and engaged during this interlude.

Creative Ideas for Guest Entertainment

  1. Live Music or DJ Sets: A live band or a DJ can create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Soft, ambient music or a solo musician can provide background entertainment without overpowering conversation.
  2. Interactive Food and Drink Stations: Cocktail hours are known for their culinary delights. Consider interactive stations like a build-your-own cocktail bar, a gourmet cheese station, or a live sushi-rolling display.
  3. Photo Booths: A photo booth with fun props and backdrops, like the ones offered at Complete Weddings + Events, is not only entertaining but also a great way for guests to create their own keepsakes from your special day.
  4. Lawn Games and Activities: For outdoor weddings, lawn games like bocce ball, cornhole, or giant Jenga can be a hit. They encourage guests to mingle and enjoy some light-hearted competition.

Managing Time and Expectations

It’s important to manage the duration of this interval effectively. Typically, the cocktail hour should last no longer than an hour to an hour and a half. This provides ample time for guests to enjoy themselves without the day losing momentum.

Creating a Seamless Transition

The key to a successful transition from ceremony to reception is in the planning. Ensure that the entertainment, food, and drink options are ready to go as soon as the ceremony concludes. This smooth transition keeps the energy of the day flowing and sets the tone for the rest of the evening.

Complete Weddings + Events Seattle

The time between your wedding ceremony and reception is a golden opportunity to extend the festivities and treat your guests to unique experiences. With thoughtful planning and the right mix of entertainment, this part of your wedding day can be just as memorable as the rest. And remember, for all your wedding needs, from DJs to photo booths, Complete Weddings + Events in Seattle is here to help.

Complete Weddings + Events, Seattle’s leading provider of event and wedding photography, videography, lighting, coordination, DJ services & photo booth rental.

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