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Can a cocktail hour come AFTER dinner?

Here's our dilemma: our ceremony starts at 4:30p.m. and the reception is scheduled to start at 5:00p.m. The food is being provided by a local restuarant and FI's parents are picking it up before the beginning of the ceremony. I tried creating a timeline and without a cocktail hour, it seems like all of the "big" events will be done by 8:00p.m. (we have the venue until 11:00p.m. and I feel like that's too much of a gap). I want to include a cocktail hour so we can take pictures and space everything out more, but then the food would be sitting and while we have warming dishes, I'm afraid the food won't taste as good. Is it possible to do a cocktail hour after dinner?
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