Five Tips for a Great Wedding After Party

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.

Five Tips For A Great Wedding After Party | Heirloom Event Co.

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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.

Your Guide To Wedding Save The Dates

Save the Dates are a modern addition to the traditional wedding paper round up. Born out of necessity, they let your friends and family quite literally "save the date" on their calendars and begin to plan for any necessary travel and expenditures. It's quite astonishing how something this small and straightforward can be endlessly complex at the same time, but the fact is they often are. Here's an essential overview guide to you wedding Save The Dates:

Cover Image by:  Lindsey Kay Photography

Cover Image by: Lindsey Kay Photography

Who should receive a Save The Date?

Anyone on your wedding invitation list should receive a Save the Date. Think of these as the "invitation before the invitation." Plan to send your Save the Dates to your full invitation list.

However, if you are still editing/managing your guest list, a word of caution. If you are not positive you want to invite someone to the wedding, do not send them a Save the Date. If a guest has not received a Save the Date, they can still be invited to the wedding with an invitation later, but not the other way around. While it's not uncommon to have a handful of guests who receive invitations later in the planning, without having received a save the date first, but don't rely on this strategy to manage your guest list.

What should my Save the Date be?

A simple card with the essential information is beautifully sufficient for your Save the Date. If you've gotten far enough in your planning to have an overall look and design for your celebration, this is a great preview for guests of what's to come. If not, keep the card neutral in color and design to give yourself flexibility later.

Magnets, postcards, bookmarks, pencils, calendars: The options are really endless for creative design in this area, but nothing is as timelessly beautiful as really good stationery.

When should we plan to send them?

My rule of thumb is to send the Save the Dates fairly soon after you have your date and venue secured. The most common timeframe is nine to twelve months in advance. Err on the side of more time if you are having a destination wedding, if the majority of your guests are traveling for the wedding, or if your wedding falls on a holiday weekend. If you're having a longer engagement sending anything more than fifteen months in advance is a bit unnecessary.

Where do we get them?

The essential question to answer for yourself when planning for your wedding paper is do you want your paper goods to be fully custom, semi-custom, or stock. Fully custom means that you work with a stationer to design a paper goods suite specifically for your day. Many stationers also have pre-designed collections where you can select your basic overall design and then customize slightly. A stock option would include an online shop from which you select a pre-designed template and swap out your names and details. The price ranges for all three of these options can vary drastically based on the quality and quantity of what you order. If you know that custom designed paper goods are important to you, then it's best to start that process from the beginning with your Save the Dates.

Do we even have to send these and why?

The short answer is no (ish). There is no Wedding Planning Referee that is going to blow their whistle and call a foul if you forgo sending Save the Dates. However, it's a courtesy to your guests, and helps ensure that as many of your friends and family as possible will be there to celebrate with you on your wedding day. It would be a shame to go through all this planning only to have half of the important people in your life already be away on their summer vacation during that weekend. It's nice to give them a heads up.

And, there you have it! The basics of your Save The Dates! If you’re looking for a little style inspiration when it comes to your Save the Dates and wedding stationary, feel free to take a look at these real Heirloom Weddings to see how their stationary fit their wedding style.

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It’s been an honest struggle in finding a way to package this information in a format that was easy enough for couples to use on their own. After months of planning and designing, our Heirloom Shop is finally ready for you!

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