Post # 1
Just wondering if anyone planned on doing an after party following the reception. And if so, what will it entail? A bar in the hotel, a club, hopping from guest room to guest room???
Our wedding isn’t until 6pm with the reception ending at midnight, so I’m not sure if it’s even necessary.
THANKS for your advice!
Post # 3
@hecallsmelove: There are bars within walking distance of our venue that we are going to suggest to people. I’ll probably be too tired, but who knows!
Post # 4
We are having an outdoor weeding at my FI’s dad’s house. Since we can not afford to invite EVERYONE and feel like we have had to leave many people off the guest list, we are having an open house after party starting at 9pm I plan to pass postcard sized cards out to those we think may want to come to the after hours party. Some may it’s tacky but our circle of friends wont mind. What makes this possible is we don’t have a time line to be out by or a head count to report to a venue for the bar tab, so it works for us.
Post # 5
We had our after party at a brewery right across the street from the resort where we got married (and most of our guests were staying). We needed it to be within walking distance since we didn’t want anyone driving there, after 5 hours of an open bar, or back. It worked out perfectly. Our drunken guests were able to literally stumble back to their hotel rooms, safe and sound.
I’m very happy that we chose to do the after party. It wasn’t fancy and it didn’t cost us anything since those who attended paid for their own drinks and snacks but it was still nice to extend our reception a bit and spend some more time with a handful of guests. If you have the means to host an after party, I’d definitely do it.
Post # 6
We are planning on an after party. We have a suite booked at the hotel and have been stocking up on booze and plan to order pizza. I am sure some people will BYOB.
It will be for the “younger” crowd though, not fancy or formal.
Post # 7
We are probably going to have an after-party, but we are having a morning wedding so our reception will be over by 2 or 3. So then we’ll reconvene with whoever wants to party and have a casual get-together that night. If I was having a traditional reception in the evening I would definitely not have one because I am an old lady who likes to be in bed by midnight. : D
Post # 8
I wasn’t planning on having an after party–our reception ended at 12:30, sheesh! But then all our friends went to a nearby bar, so it was an impromptu after party. It was awesome 🙂
Post # 9
We definitely are! Our reception will end at 10, so we definitely want to keep the party going.
Post # 10
i clicked the other… mainly because our wedding is at 1pm and the main thing im stressing over is the timeline for the rest of the day! we have our reception venue until 2am but if the reception is going to start with a cocktail hour at like 3 or 4? (i have no idea) and dinner at 5 or 6.. keeping people forever will be one hell of a long night.
our first option was to take our wedding party to mickeys diner in the cities thats a super vintage old restaurant in a train car.
then we thought about having some food trucks come for a late night snack
but now it seems like we will be leaving for our honeymoon super late that night so we might cut things out at 10-11pm and let our guests do whichever they so choose as we’ll have to head out pack up and get to the airport! (currently thinking of a cruise, so wed have to fly from MN to FL and board the ship early sunday)
Post # 11
Yes, we’re having an afterparty. Our reception will end at midnight and we’re inviting everyone over to the hotel bar for drinks. Most of the families and older guests probably won’t go so it’ll be a chance to chat with our friends. I’ll probably be exhausted but I’m going to force myself to suck it up. I only get 1 wedding day!
Post # 12
We wanted an after party but the logistics didn’t work out. Plus, I figured I would be exhausted by the time the reception ended since I will have been up for 15 hours by then
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Post # 14
our reception is ending at 10pm (i bumped it from 930…way way way too early), so afterward we’re having people gather at a bar by the hotels. ill be there, but im sure i won’t stay past 1130 or midnight! i know ill be too tired.
a lot of my friends/younger family members will want to continue the party, though- so they’ll be happy!
Post # 15
Honestly, SO and I are not big partiers–we don’t really drink. When our reception ends around 9, our guests can feel free to go after party, but I think we will go back to our wedding night suite and just enjoy some time alone together before bed and wake up refreshed for the farewell brunch the next day. Rather than stay out all night watching everyone ELSE get drunk and leaving ourselves too tired to enjoy our first night as a married couple!
Post # 16
My wedding was over a year ago – and I never thought we would need an after party. But our reception ended a little earlier than I had imagined (8:00pm). We had a lot of friends and family from out of town, so we just said to them “Go to our house – we’ll be there soon’. We ended up eating ALL of the left over food from the reception and stayed up until 1:00am when I finally dragged my husband to the hotel.. I was so tired. But it was SOOO worth staying up for!! We really got the chance to hang out and catch up with everyone!