Originally Posted by alexisinjamaica
I think it would totally be OK to direct guests to one of the many hotel bars for drinks. They could get a snack too if they are so inclined. If it saves you money and would prevent you from having to cut your guest list I say go for it! I doubt any of your guests will be upset that there isn't an "official" cocktail hour. They are on vacation and at an AI, so it shouldn't be a huge deal for them to entertain themselves for a bit while you take photos!
That's exactly what I was thinking. I am really leaning towards cutting the cocktail out altogether. Less of a hassle. I might be having my ceremony and reception in the same place so I think it would give a 2 hour break in between for people to freshen up, grab a drink at the many bars, or even a bite to eat, maybe relax on the beach or by the pool; possibilities are endless really lol. And also if I were a guest and I just happened to have been a little sweaty under the sun during the ceremony, I think it would be nice to have time to freshen up in my room before the reception, you know?