{Volpes Tie The Knot} Cocktail Hour

One of our main priorities for our wedding was that everyone had fun. We wanted our guests to enjoy the time they were celebrating and not view it as just an event they needed to attend. There were a few ways we wanted this to come through throughout the day, and I feel like we did a pretty good job.
To start the day, we had the bars open before the ceremony. The first shuttle dropped people off 20 minutes before the ceremony started, which was the perfect amount of time for guests to grab a cocktail and find a seat. We had two bars, a canoe full of beer, and a signature drink station which all were accessible as soon as guests were arriving. If the bride, groom, and bridal party had started drinking, why couldn’t everyone else? Now we know our friends, and we know they would handle themselves (at least until the reception started), and they did. I don’t recommend this for everyone, but for us it worked.
We also wanted the day to be enjoyable during the cocktail hour, and give everyone something to do before dinner. Yard games seemed like the perfect option since our wedding was outside. We had 3 sets of corn hole, can jam, and giant Jenga. It looked liked everyone was having a great time enjoying this while we all took some photos and then the bridal party and our family joined while we took some photos together.

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour
I also wanted to have several areas to sit during the cocktail hour. People were more than welcome to go into the tent and find their table ahead of time, but areas around the games seemed like a great option as well. We had sofas, chairs, barstools, etc all in different areas of the property.
  Cocktail Hour
Cocktail Hour
We also had the Photo Booth set-up from the cocktail hour until an hour before the reception ended. This eventually had to be moved inside when the Tornado warning started and the sky opened up, but it still worked out perfectly! Despite my hours upon hours spent making the Photo Booth backdrop (I will never make another tissue paper tassel again!), it was ruined when the rain started and had to be thrown away. The photos when it was up sure did look cute though.
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  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    Girl!! This is just too cool! I love all the details- the seating, games, drinks…how FUN! Although your banner for ruined at least there were some pics of it. What a unique cocktail hour- amazing job!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much! I had such a fun time dreaming up everything and then seeing it come together.

  • Megan

    Your wedding looked like a blast! I can’t believe how many activities you had for your guests! It was so thoughtful to want to make sure everyone was having a good time and there was no dead time. Love the photobooth backdrop 😉

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I loved planning everything about it, I really wanted it to be more of an experience for everyone.

  • http://www.thelowcountrymama.com Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    Love love the seating area set-ups. Have you submitted these pics to a bridal magazine? You totally should. I know I would love being able to get a drink before a ceremony but unlike you, we didn’t trust our friends haha, so we opened up the bar RIGHT after =)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much! I submitted it to one local one, and they still haven’t gotten back to me. I might try submitting it to some others :) hahah it took some conversations with our friends to make sure they were going to behave…but once cocktail hour started, that is a different story.

  • http://apaperarrow.blogspot.com Kayla Whitter

    You wedding looks like it was such a blast! I can’t believe how fun it looks!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much!! That means a ton <3

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    This is GORGEOUS! We had yard games too but couldn’t play because the skies opened up and poured down for our entire reception. It looks like your guests had SO much fun! And you MADE that backdrop? Is Etsy calling your name?!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I’m so glad everyone had a chance to play them, I wish we would have though. That backdrop seriously took HOURS, probably like 30 hours and my hand hurt SO bad from cutting tissue paper. Some of my bridesmaids may have hated me for asking them to help lol

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    The beer canoe and koozies are AMAZING!!! I love all the seating areas and the corn hole boards, too!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I’m so happy with how everything came together.

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    The cocktail hour was SO much fun! After Colin, Ryan and I helped put up the photo backdrop, I attacked those appetizers like a beast lol!!! And the beer canoe was the best as well all know “There’s no tipping at a canoe bar” 😉

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Hahah the best quoutes of the day came from your family.

  • https://www.mysortofadultlife.com Jackie @ My Sort Of Adult Life

    I love the idea of yard games for an outdoor wedding! So fun!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I am so glad everyone enjoyed it!

  • Miranda O’Brien

    I love this!!! Outside games are such a fun idea! I loved the canoe bar and koozies! Perfect!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much!! I love that everyone enjoyed it so much.

  • http://northwestnativeblog.blogspot.com/ Mattie @ Northwest Native

    Ahhh the canoe!!! I saw that idea on Pinterest and was obsessed. If we had had a summer wedding I would’ve been all over that. I also love the furniture you had out, like the sofa and chairs. Did you rent it?

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much!! Pinterest and previous wedding experience was a huge help to pulling all this together 😉 I actually own it and rent it for weddings that I Coordinate and Plan.

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    What a fun idea for a cocktail hour! What better way to get into the party mood than with games of cornhole and Jenga! I always love a good photo booth, and yours looked like so much fun!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! It seemed to work and get everyone ready to dance 😉 Photo booths are the best!

  • Savannah Nichols

    I love your yard games. I also think that your outdoor seating was too cute!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much! I loved having so many different areas.

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