Sometimes the hotel staff would ask us to keep it down at the Eastern gathering, but that was usually REALLY late at night.
That's why I suggested an early raffle.
I'm neither concerned nor worried about anyone chastising us because of noise if, as you suggested we have our festivities as a "pre-dinner cocktail...or 2." Say, for example, from 5pm to 8pm. The Hotel mentioned they expected plenty of other people with celebratory events that weekend, like Graduation and Wedding parties. That's what prompted her to say we'll need to make sure we stake our claim to the patio tables before some other group gets the same idea.