My Catholic mass starts at 3 pm at the latest and the transportation from church to venue is 10 minutes tops. We plan on holding back 30+ people at the church to take altar pictures (my mother is one of 8 so we want a family pic, and they grew up going to the church). With all that in mind, we did not want to start the cocktail hour right after the reception and have family miss half of it. We also didn't want to start dinner before 6.
The best option to fill the gap was to expand the open-bar cocktail hour so that it goes from 4-6. A "two-hour cocktail hour." Which brings me to my first question -- the extra hour includes drinks but passed apps won't start til 5. To tide people over, we can provide snacks. I'm thinking spicy corn nuts, fried fava beans and Marcona almonds. Substantial enough?
Second question. Our guests are of a character that would enjoy extended drinking and mingling. We're bringing together a lot of friends and family who live in different cities and friends who live in the same city and like to see each other. As far as activities go, we plan to display some pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day. We'll also have cocktail hour music. And then once passed apps starts it's basically Pokemon Go catching all the apps - at least that's how I see it. I think people will be occupied, but I'm interested to know if there are any easy ideas for providing a little extra distraction to the cocktail hour.
Related, since we have so much time for drinks, I was thinking of maybe capping it off with a toast. Maybe my dad and then the MOH and best man can speak after dinner. Is that weird?