An Expert Tip by: The Fro.Zen Trolley (thefrozentrolley.ca)
Cocktail hour sometimes gets overlooked in the planning process, simply because it’s wedged directly between the two main events: the Ceremony and the Reception. While you are busy taking photos, and enjoying the first few moments of being married, your guests are on their own to figure out what comes next. Being able to provide your guests with direction and guidance between these two events is key to building a perfect wedding day. Here are some tips and ideas for your cocktail hour!
1. HAVE A PLAN. A FLEXIBLE ONE. Whether construction blocks the easiest route to the reception, or the ice melts in the beer cooler, you need to be able to roll with the punches.
2. MAKE YOUR COCKTAIL HOUR A REPRESENTATION OF YOU AS A COUPLE. The cocktail hour is a fun way to expose all of the unique things both you and your partner love. For example, if you met at a drive-in theatre, have the same movie you saw playing on a big screen next to the cocktail area. If you have a passion for ice cream, serve up a sundae bar!
3. ADD PERSONALITY with a ‘Fun Facts’ area displaying information about you and your fiancé.
4. GET CREATIVE with your cocktails by offering a signature drink (ie. S+S Sangria or Mark’s Mimosa).
5. GET ARTSY. Consider hiring a Caricature Artist or Silhouette Artist as a great keepsake for your guests.
6. OFFER SELF-SERVE FOOD STATIONS. A great way to fill in time and encourage groups to socialize is by having self-serve stations. Still a unique concept, self-serve stations are a way to both entertain your guests and provide some refreshments. It also allows your guests to control the portions that they take – a small sample for grandma, and a large cup for cousin Larry… While budget-conscious brides may attempt DIY taco or mimosa bar, be wary that you won’t actually be on site to help set up and re-stock. Additionally, professionals tend to have all of the equipment, and expertise to ensure your cocktail hour runs smoothly.
“Customized cups with printed logos and names can also be arranged to make your wedding day truly unique.”
GOOD TO KNOW: The Fro.Zen Trolley first opened for business in June 2014 at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market. In June 2015, they launched the Events Trolley, specifically designed to cater to wedding and events. At The Fro.Zen Trolley, brides typically go for the Greek organic froyo (Strawberry, Raspberry, Cheesecake and Cake Batter), while grooms typically sway towards Gelato, especially the Chocolate and Salted Caramel. For wedding upgrades, Owner, Gina, recommends waffle cones and/or gluten free cones, premium flavours including Beer, Coffee with Baileys and Spiked Hot Chocolate.
Featured in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine