Hmmm - we will be having a November sunset ceremony - so 5pm (we will do pictures first). I guess that means we won't get to cocktail hour until 6-7pm, based on the contract I was sent. Sounds like the free apetizers might not work for my wedding. Bummer.
Originally Posted by chipotle99
None of my guests knew I hadn't shelled out extra $ for cocktails. The new terrace and tower lobby are so beautiful that there are no additional decorations I could even think of putting up. The furniture is all new and classic style. By skipping out on the cocktail hour, I did get 10 more guests for dinner. You should just look at what hour you will be there, I think snacks get placed at 4pm, so it was perfect timing for us. The appetizers are warm and cold (we had egg rolls, empanadas, and shrimp with cheese, pastries, fruit) and they put a ton of them out. Also, what we did was tip the tower bartender $100 before the ceremony. If you pay for cocktail hour, there is 1 bartender for every 10 guests. So essentially, you are screwing over the poor 1 bartender that happens to be there that night. Ours was one man for 85 guests. The tip helped him feel like he was getting compensated for his hard work, and he did a fantastic job. Everyone tipped him on their own too, so he was happy to make $$$, I was happy to only spend $100, and everyone was happy in the end.