Plan your wedding cocktail hour: fun, food & entertainment ideas for guests

Cocktail hour ideas

Elizabeth Messina via

While not a requirement, holding a cocktail hour prior to your wedding reception always is a good idea to give guests the chance to settle in and mingle, as well as grab a drink and a small bite to eat; however, that doesn’t mean that the cocktail hour as to be low-key

The cocktail hour can be an extension of your wedding theme, or it can be entirely different! Use it as an opportunity to throw a pre-party to the big party of the evening – offer fun drinks and appetizers, music, and entertainment to keep guests happy and having fun.

Consider some of these ideas to make your wedding cocktail hour the best that your guests have ever attended!

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Something for the Girls, Gifts your Bridesmaids will Love

A Bridal Party

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Wedding season is upon us, which means for many of you after months of planning – and years of dreaming – the big day is almost here! While it may be easy to get caught up in last minute details and exciting new beginnings, it’s so important to take the time to thank the ones who have been with us from the start. The ones you’ve asked to stand alongside you when it’s finally time to say “I do,” your girls. So, for all of you busy brides out there looking to say thanks, here are a few gifts your bridesmaids will love!

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40 totally chic wedding dress separate ideas for unique brides

pink striped tulle wedding dress separate

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Call it the Olivia Palermo effect or call it 2015’s hottest wedding dress look — whichever way you look at it, it’s clear that wedding dress separates are a BIG new wedding trend that brides everywhere are embracing. After all, there’s no wedding rulebook that says you have to wear a one-piece wedding dress on the big day — so why not switch it up and make your wedding day look totally unique?

The best part about wedding dress separates is that you can mix and match to create a perfect look. BHLDN is embracing this trend with their recent “build your own look” boutique of mix-and-match skirts and tops, and it’s easy to find at least one wedding dress separate look in nearly every wedding designer’s most recent collection.

Whether you’re going for a boho crop top lace wedding ensemble or a tulle skirt with a feminine beaded top, there’s no going wrong with choosing a wedding dress separate look this year (or even for the next few years)! So get inspired with these 40 totally unique & chic looks on real brides, and see if this trend is right for you…

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A timeless outdoor wedding by Majesta Patterson

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There details that you can’t deny are elegant and timeless when it comes to weddings: lace dresses, pink roses, a dapper tux and impeccable decor are just a few things that come to mind. Which is why when we see an elegant and timeless outdoor wedding like today’s Saratoga Springs celebration, we can’t help but immediately be drawn to it!

Majesta Patterson did a superb job of capturing Stefanie and Rich’s wedding day, which took place in the gorgeous green forests right above Santa Cruz. Stefanie’s bridesmaids are a vision in shades of purple and periwinkle, but of course no one tops the bride! And together, Stefanie and Rich look unbelievably happy under that fantastic chuppah. Read on for more of this charming and timeless outdoor wedding!

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