The After party
Do you want your wedding to last all day AND night? Why not have an afternoon reception and an after party? This works well for weddings with a mixed guest list of elderly guests and families (who prefer to be in bed by 10 p.m.) and close friends and uni buddies (who wouldn’t think of leaving until the last song). Have your ceremony earlier followed by an afternoon cocktail reception (make sure there is plenty of food) or sit-down meal. Stop Dad’s nerves and have the speeches straight away, cut your cake at sunset and have your bridal waltz combined with your wedding farewell with fireworks in the background!
Once the formalities are over, choose a select few of your friends or family for an after party! This doesn’t have to be an all night raver like a dance party (unless you want it to be!), you could also have a late night picnic under the stars or a casual hang out a a bar.
You’ll hear lots of compliments and praise from your friends and family throughout your reception, so use the after-party to show your guests how much you appreciate them. Change up the style too by moving the party into another room or even an alternate venue. If your wedding was all white with touches of red, create a red lounge feel for the after party.
You served a delicious dinner at the reception, but after hours of dancing and drinking, your guests are going to be hungry. Whether you opt for an open bar at your after-party, you should also offer your guests something to snack on. It’s also a good idea to serve a different type of food so mix it up! If you had a seated main course, opt for fun food trucks or tasty snack stations And it doesn’t have to be too fancy — we know a couple who served mini burgers, fries, and milkshakes for a tasty midnight snack.
One big important to-do if you take this route: arrange for transportation home or back to the hotel, so that none of your guests drive home afterwards
Here are some ideas for your afterparty!
Food truck after party
Food trucks are every where, so why not finish the night off with a food truck wedding after party full of greasy burgers and fries that will go great with your favorite beer! You can have In-N-Out Burger roll up outside your reception hall, Sprinkles cupcake food truck, or even Kimchi Taco depending on your location.
Games wedding after party
How awesome is a games wedding after party! Why not hire That Vintage Caravan keep your guests drinks topped up. Have a blast playing Giant Jenga, croquet or hopscotch!
Dance the night away at your private holiday house, your local club or a beautiful function space. The night is yours to enjoy with your new husband and closest friends!
Themed After Party
Any excuse for another dress? What about a wicked Alice in Wonderland theme for your after party with candy, neon colors, and woodland creatures. Or maybe you would preffer a Lounge Affair with a lazy jazz band, a 1950's feel and cool atmosphere! This is the perfect wedding after party idea for a bride who loves to play pinball and wants to hang out in a chic lounge with your new hubby and all of your family and friends
Why not hire a boat on Sydney Harbour for the night? Party the night away with your dearest, Enjoy your first night in a luxury cabin and wake up to breakfast on the Harbour!
All good things must come to an end, including your wedding day. Newlyweds typically attend the after-party, but you should feel free to say your goodbyes after an hour. Sooner or later, guests will depart, but it sure was fun while it lasted.... . Otherwise, if you and your husband are up for it, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate till dawn! If you’re hosting a brunch or leaving early for your honeymoon the next morning, make sure you’ve got someone to give you a wakeup call so you don’t oversleep!