(Closed) Calling all brides who have had / are having an AFTER PARTY!

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

We are going to midnight rock n bowl! The bowling alley is literally less than a mile feom the venue, and my Fiance is a big bowler (he has a 300 ring and an 800 series ring and is often in local leagues), so it should be fun 🙂 I think we’re putting it on the website, spreading it by word of mouth, and announcing it at the end of the reception. My reception actually ends at 10, then just talking and coffee from 10-11 (music has to stop at 10), and then going over there. It would be from 12-2. It could turn out, after the reception we’re all too tired… But we’ll see! I am also wearing a tea length dress for my reception so I wont have problems bowling haha.

Post # 4
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I went to one… when the reception ended, everyone left standing was herded upstairs for a lock in at a private bar.

If I end up having one, though, it will be a case of “anyone standing at the end needs to find a pub to invade”.

Post # 5
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

A bar/lounge about a quarter mile away. We told people in our welcome note (it was a semi-destination wedding so we delivered a package to guests staying at the hotel) and also announced it at the end of the night. Reception ended at 9. People went to the after party almost immediately after while Darling Husband and I took some pictures a few miles away (at our college campus where we met, didn’t do a first look so couldn’t take them before the wedding). We joined by 1030. Some people left right after we arrived. We left by 1130, lol, but some people stayed all night until the bar closed. 

Post # 6
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We have a MAYBE after party. We have made a plan for it – the reception ends at 11:00. At 10:30, our day of coordinator will ask us if we are going out afterwards. If we say yes, she has a sign for the door (that I made) that she will put out and one framed that will go on the bar. It says: 

Not Done Partying?

Us Either.

The Bride & Groom will be continuing the party at X bar at 555 Main Street, Indianapolis.

Please feel free to join us.

BUT – I have heard you are often totally exhausted by that time. So I didn’t want to commit to it in advance, so that’s why I wanted to do it as a contingency. We are getting married in a college town and I didn’t want to end up at a college bar, or with everyone scattering in a bunch of directions. So I checked out the bar & reviews and picked it out based on vibe, space available, how it would fit our crowd, etc.

Post # 7
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We have to leave the venue at 11:30. The ceremony starts at 7. It’s a Friday night, and usually we stay out later than that if we go out, so I was thinking about an after party at a local bar (there are several in the area), but I’m not sure how exhausted we’ll be. I think we’ll likely just play it by ear and see what happens…

Post # 8
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My husband had already contacted all of our friends and younger family and let them in the loop.  He also had (unknown to me!) rented a 22-person H2 limo for all of us to go to the bar.  Good times.  🙂

ETA:  Here’s my best wedding tip.  Drop your friends off at the bar, go to the hotel.  Shower, have some hot sex, and change into something you can dance all night in.  Meet them at the bar and party the rest of the night, free to just pass out when you get back to the hotel. 


Post # 9
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are! Both our family and freinds are active partiers so ending at 10 is not an option. The reception venue actually has a outdoor bar with live bdans every weekend so we may just do that or hit up some local bars either way, party till you drop! haha

Post # 10
43 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

I went to one, it was almost an hour away from the reception. I was like really?  We ended going home right after the bride and groom arrived and gave the our warm well wishes, we were just too tired to party aftefurther reception and drive.


Post # 11
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

We wound up having an uplanned one lol.  Our venue is less than 1 mile from our house, so everyone took the leftover alcohol, and went back to our house.  Anyone that was standing around came.   It went until 5am, our wedding was over at 10:30.  It was crazy, some of the nieghbors even came and brought food. 


Post # 12
1653 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I just decided to do one the other day.  Super casual- reserving the breakfast area at our hotel and getting an day of liquor license..my sister works for a beer and wine distributor, so I’ll just get some discounted alcohol through her!


I’m not sure how long I’ll even last- our reception ends at 11 p.m., and we’re 20 min. from the hotel.

Post # 13
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We reserved a private room (with its own bar) at a pub about a block away from our wedding venue.  We let guests know about the after party on our wedding website and in a FAQ email about a week out.  Also, at the end of the reception, a friend took the microphone and announced that he was leading the way.  Our reception ended at 11 and we left the after party around 1:30, but some guests stayed until 2:30!

Post # 14
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@HisIrishPrincess:  That sounds like it turned out awesome. What wonderful neighbors!

We’re getting married at a campground where the reception has to end by 7:30. So yes, we are planning on a bonfire/afterparty at our campsites. Simple stuff, snacky barfood type food and s’mores–and all of the leftover liquor from the reception (we’re actually planning on buying some extra just for this reason). There’s a pizza place right down the road so we might see if we can get it delivered (we’ve done this before at this particular campsite but never so late for so many people).

It’s literally right next to where the reception is so well within stumbling distance.

I’ve been to weddings where there was an afterparty but we were way too exhausted to enjoy ourselves at the bar. We ended up just sitting on the chairs nomming on leftovers from the dessert bar. We were a sad sight to see. lol.

Every summer though, Saturday nights at the clubs are full of brides and bridal parties raging like it’s 1999 so it can and has been done. I’d imagine that as long as you keep it within walking distance and near a 7-11 so people can grab some caffeine before they go, you’ll be fine!

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