Why We Love the Cocktail Hour

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Our couples who schedule a cocktail hour in a separate area or room than their receptions have found the cocktail hour sweet spot!

Here’s why we love it…


1. It gives the guests something to do and somewhere to go.

If you choose to do a first look, having a cocktail hour allows the bride and groom to have a few moments to breathe and be together (MAYBE EVEN ALONE TOGETHER) for a few extra minutes on your wedding day!


2. Extended family photos

It allows for couples to squeeze in some photos with their extended families. It’s easier to gather everyone since they’re already in one place.  It means those guests don’t have to come early AND ensures they’re all still looking nice and feeling great for the photos!

3. The bride has time to bustle.

Bustling the wedding dress of your dreams can be more difficult than expected. The cocktail hour provides plenty of time for this to be done, without rushing.

Modern and elegant wedding table setup

4. It gives your photographers a chance to capture the reception UNTOUCHED.

When our couples choose to have their cocktail hour in a separate room or area of the venue, we get more time and a better opportunity to capture all the details they so lovingly chose for their reception- set up just the way they wanted!

Modern Wedding Place setting

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Becky Dean

I'm a co-founder and lead photographer at Pen and Lens.

Wedding photography is my heartbeat. I love capturing the interactions between the bride and her tribe as they get ready together, the look on a groom’s face when he FINALLY sees his bride for the first time, and the way a dad wraps his arms around his baby girl on her wedding day. Bride and groom portraits make my heart jump and I cry on almost every wedding day.

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