Post # 1
Hi NYC Bees!
I have lots of questions about afterparties! Our wedding on a Saturday at the Yale Club (on Vanderbilt across from Grand Central) and everyone is staying very close to the venue.
Our rehearsal dinner (which is by invite only, with close family and bridal party) is the night before, and is down by the South Street Seaport.
1) Do you think we should have an informal “welcome party” after the rehearsal dinner on Friday, open to everyone? (new yorkers, people from out of town who weren’t invited to rehearsal dinner, etc)? It would probably start around 9 or 10pm. We don’t have a budget for it, so it would more be just picking a spot for people to meet and letting people buy their own drinks. is this a good idea or too difficult?
1a) If it is a good idea, do you think it should be close to where they’re staying (midtown-ish) or in a completely different location so that out of towners see different parts of the city? any suggestions for location?
2) what about afterparty after the wedding? do people in NYC do this? any suggestions to a place near the Yale Club that a crowd of 100+ (actually, probably fewer) people could get into around midnight without any trouble??
Post # 3
1. Night before party – I suggest just finding a casual bar by the hotel to welcome guests after your rehersal dinner. This would be best for out of town guests not invited to Rehearsal Dinner, and for young and fun NY’ers that want to meet up with everyone. Just do a NY Magazine bars search to find something appropriate. MY FH works at bar and appreciates it when people call ahead to let them know there will be a big group arriving at a certain time. In now way are you guys obligated to pay for anything related to this. Unless you want to buy a round or two…
2. After party – I say you do the same sort of thing. And to answer your question, yes we love after parties! Do you really think 100 people will want to go? That sounds like a fun crowd. Remember that the bars stay open until 4 am here, so rolling in to a place around midnight is pretty standard. Just give the place a heads up. If you don’t mind being around other “regular” folks (non attenders), then this is the way to go. I honestly don’t think you need to add too much more planning to your plate in terms of venues and such. Just pick a few bars and go!
Post # 4
I had the same exact same questions! Our closest friends and family are coming in one day earlier on Thursday, so we are having a pizza party at our apartment to welcome. We are also having a small immediate family/wedding party Rehearsal Dinner and wanted to see our friends before the wedding. That said, we are casually mentioning meeting for drinks at one of the hotel bars that we have a room block for anyone that wants to come and have a drink after the Rehearsal Dinner. I think we ultimately decided to bail on the after party only due to the fact that in my initial phone calls to some places, NO ONE wanted to see a large group show up at 12:30 on a Saturday. So I figure if the after party happens organically then great, but I am not going try to and plan anything since it would require paying in advance and we don’t know if we would even have enough guests that would want to participate. Whew, sorry that was so long!
Post # 5
Congrats on the Yale Club..that was actually our second choice!
Hmm..trying to think of good spots to go around the grand central area for an after party..
Whiskey Blue in The W on 49th and Lex..
The new Gaansevort Hotel is opening up on 29th and Park (a little far from you)..but we are thinking of stopping there after the wedding …the new rooftop lounge looks nice….or what about 230 5th?
If you want more casual, there are alot of bars on 3rd avenue in the 30’s..
Post # 6
Not in NYC, but we did an after party too and our guests LOVED it – our reception ended at 9:00 pm, so we hosted an after party at the bar in the Four Seasons until 2:00 am. I would definitely do one if you can and budget permits.