Who doesnt love cocktails?
Most weddings have some sort of cocktail hour. This is usually between the beginning of the reception and a short time later when all the guests should have arrived. This is usually 60 minutes but some are a little shorter or longer depending on the bride and grooms preferences along with how they scheduled their time.
This is a time for the guests to mingle, many times the bride and groom are not available as they are off with their photographer taking posed shots at the reception site. However if you want to mingle with the guests or have a receiving line during this time you should be able to discuss this and work something out with your wedding planner or photographer before the event.
Even though the name cocktails may suggest otherwise, sometimes alcohol is not even served. Of course most wedding receptions involve the consumption of alcohol some do not for financial or personal reasons. This time, with or without alcohol, usually is a time for the guests to become mentally refreshed for the reception, meet new people (new family members), and eat a little to hold themselves over until dinner is served.
If you are looking to make this part of your wedding more entertaining for your guests, how about hiring some entertainment specifically for that time period? This is a good way to show your guests that you are sorry that you cannot join them but you appreciate them being there and you want to thank them.