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Your reception will most likely have the music to keep your guests dancing like Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long”, but your cocktail hour will need to have a more muted tone and have a lounge-y feel.

This doesn’t mean you need to settle for KOSI FM Lite tunes. You can add your own touch by having a Spanish guitarist, jazz trio, acoustic trio – they’re mellow but with an edge. This is a great way for you and your fiancé to express your own musical tastes.

Typically, the cocktail hour happens right after the ceremony and before the reception. Guests can mingle and have a bite of food before the formal reception begins.

You can have a few hors d’oeuvres passed around but I wouldn’t serve anything heavy and filling as you don’t want your guests to be full before the main course!

Often times, you and your fiancé will take this time to take your formal pictures and include your family and friends however this is entirely up to you – many brides & grooms are choosing to do a first look before the wedding so they can enjoy the cocktail hour with their guests!

However you wish to handle, remember that this is your day and you decide!

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