(Closed) After-reception reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is an after party normal?
    Yes, it's pretty standard. : (10 votes)
    30 %
    Not standard, but I've heard of it. : (20 votes)
    61 %
    Never heard of it. : (3 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    923 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    It may not be standard, but I don’t think it’s silly at all! If I was having an afternoon reception, I would totally want to do something like this.  It could be a great opportunity to hang out in a more laid back environment with your closest friends/family after the reception.  Or, if you’re not totally exhausted and feeling up to it, you could always plan some sort of outing/activity.

    My sister’s having a morning ceremony with a brunch/afternoon reception and she is currently debating planning something casual after her reception ends.

    Post # 4
    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @bellagio: We are having an afternoon reception ending at 6pm and then having an after party probably around 8 at an Irish Pub. 

    Post # 5
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Is she expecting YOU to attend this shindig, or just going to hang out with the family, since everyone is in town?

    It’s definitely normal for guests to extend the party afterwards, but I wouldn’t say the majority of couples attend (or even less so plan) the after party! That’s kind of when your honeymoon starts 😉

    Post # 7
    1330 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    i would guess its the same thing as an after party then?

    Post # 8
    2714 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Is this the same as an after party? In my circle, it’s pretty standard. We’ll be having one and every wedding I’ve been to has had one too. It’s always a blast!

    Post # 10
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It may not be standard, but we are doing that.


    My Fiance and I are also having an afternoon picnic wedding with approximately 40 guests. Since the wedding is 2-5 p.m., we are only providing fancy picnic fare –  wine, gourmet cheese, fresh bread and pastries, fresh fruit, local honey, homemade chocolates, etc. Our parents, siblings, and closest friends are coming in from the other side of the country, so we are having an “after reception” at a local restaurant in order to give them a complete meal.  Plus, it gives us more time together as a group.  

    If you want one, I say go for it.  But make sure everyone knows to keep it quiet.  You don’t want to make anyone who comes to the wedding and first reception to feel bad.

    Post # 11
    6998 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    our reception begins at 5 and ends at 9 – since my guests are mostly oot .most of them will be staying at the hotel that we are having our reception at. I am hoping everyone heads to the hotel bar for some coctails after the reception ends. 9:00 is just too early to be heading to our rooms.

    Post # 12
    2344 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We had a brunch reception, and so we planned an after party for the grown-ups to dance and drink. We rented out the upstairs of a restaurant and hosted beer and wine in addition to some finger foods. It was included on our wedding invites and people RSVP’d to the second event. We had a much lower turn-out than indicated and so we ended up paying more than we should have because it was per-head. It was a great time, but having been through it, I would say that a wedding is enough stress and financial burden in and of itself to plan a whole second reception, so unless your mom wants to 100% head that up, I would just say it should be something very casual like gathering at someone’s home.

    Post # 13
    2116 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Never heard of it, but it sounds like fun!

    Post # 14
    1509 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We did one.  I had a Catholic wedding, so it started at 2, which is pretty early.  The reception started immediately afterwards and went until 10.  Since that is an early finish we had an after party at the Four Seasons until 2 am.  It was so much fun! 

    Post # 15
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i think it’s standard! our reception ends at 4:30, so we’re going to go back and “relax” for a bit, then meet up with some of our friends at a bar later in the evening.

    Post # 16
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think it’s more customary if you’re not having an evening reception.  Especially for Out of Town guests and family who don’t always see each other.  My reception ends at midnight but I’m still thinking an unoffical afterparty will happen at the bar across the street.

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