No ifs, ands, or buts about it…..your guests will need to be entertained during the cocktail hour. The best way to do this is to have a photobooth, or have a live band playing, and finger foods. Typically during the cocktail hour the couple is taking the family formals and then they are also the first opportunity for the couple to take their official photos as newlyweds. This typically takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Show your guests you are thinking of them by keeping them busy while you are taking photos.