Your wedding reception will zip by in the blink of an eye, and soon the last song will be playing and your guests will be wandering towards the exits and shuttles. If you're looking to squeeze every second out of your wedding day, an After Party is a great way to continue the fun once your venue closes. Here are five tips to make sure yours is great.
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1) The best places to host an afterparty are as close to where your guests will be staying as possible. That allows people to join you for one drink, or stay until the very last second and still get back to their hotel or rooms as safely and easily as possible. Have your shuttles drop guests right at the afterparty AND continue back to the main hotel, for those that don't want to attend.
2) If your guests are all staying in a hotel, check with the hotel bar to see if you can reserve a section dedicated to your party. Depending on the hotel, there may be a semi-private space that can be reserved for your group.
If the hotel is connected to, or a short walking distance from a local pub or casual restaurant with a bar area, reach out to see if they have a section that can be reserved. Don't rely on walking in and trying to find space for yourself if you expect to have a crowd with you.
3) The After Party should be open to all guests, even if it likely ends ups with a group of your close friends and a few others.
4) Don't list the After Party on your main invitation. Information like this is best placed on your wedding website, a details card included with your invitation, or simply by word of mouth on your wedding day (if you're aiming for a smaller gathering).
5) It's not required, or expected, that you supply the food and drinks for the After Party. It's an incredibly nice gesture, and if you have the ability to do it, it absolutely creates a seamless and memorable experience for your guests. If you're at a pub or restaurant establishment, consider ordering some rounds of appetizers for everyone and having guests go directly to the bar for anything they'd like to drink.