Your wedding day is all about you and your significant other. But the big day should also be about your guests! Many people invite friends and family from near and far to their weddings, so the occasion needs to be as memorable as possible from beginning to end. That includes your cocktail hour. These are four of the best ways to keep guests entertained during the cocktail hour portion of your wedding.

Include interactive elements. Whether it’s tailgating games, a photo booth, or a donut wall, including interactive features into your cocktail hour can keep your guests busy while you take photos behind the scenes. Most venues offer interactive food stations you can work into your cocktail hour. Consider a make-your-own drink station or a mashed potato bar. These small touches give your guests something to talk about, and they’re activities that help pass the time before the real party starts.

Offer plenty of food and drink options. For your guests, one of the most critical elements of any cocktail hour is the food and drink available to them. Be sure your cocktail hour offers hot and cold appetizer stations as well as butlered hors d’oeuvres, so your guests feel welcomed and well-fed. Consider having at least one or two specialty cocktails as well as plenty of soft drinks for those guests who don’t consume alcohol or aren’t of age.

Hire an ensemble. There’s nothing worse than a cocktail hour without entertainment. Whether it’s a DJ playing music or a live performance from talented artists, music is a must-have for any wedding cocktail hour. EBE offers the highest quality cocktail hour entertainment in Philadelphia. From solo guitarists to harpists, string trios and quartets, jazz trios, and more, there’s entertainment for weddings of all tastes at EBE. Plus, you can schedule a showcase before you book, so you know exactly what kind of entertainment you’ll be providing your guests during cocktail hour.

Join your cocktail hour. You can still have a special entrance to your wedding, even if you participate in cocktail hour. Taking part in your cocktail hour is one of the best and most significant ways to make this time entertaining for your guests. If you and your bride or groom can get photos out of the way quickly, aim to be part of your cocktail hour. After all, your guests have come to celebrate this momentous occasion with you. As such, you should aim to spend as much time as possible with them.

When you are ready to make decisions about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Learn more about our upcoming showcases.

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