As a couple’s wedding day is the most exciting celebration of their life, many like to keep the party going with a post-reception gathering. If a wedding after party is your style, Chancey Charm was recently featured on SheFinds.com sharing advice for couples planning a wedding after party! They offered tips on looking into closing times at the bar or pub in advance, what might happen if you don’t collect RSVPs for your wedding after party, and how failing to make reservations can backfire. Below, we’re sharing even more wedding after party tips. Enjoy!
4 Tips for Planning Your Wedding After Party
- Location is key (as is transportation): A recommendation from the Chancey Charm Charlotte Wedding Planning team – Be sure to select a spot that is extremely convenient to the wedding reception location or even within the same building if your reception is at a hotel wedding venue. If the after-party location is not within walking distance, and to ensure guests get to and from your after party safely, be sure to arrange for transportation. At this point of the evening, it is likely that a handful of your wedding guests have had at least a couple drinks. There’s no problem to keep the party going, but if you’re going to do so, it’s smart and considerate of you if you secure safe transportation. Bonus points if you have cab options or hotel suggestions for people who can’t drive home. Tip: But at the same time, don’t host the after party in the bride and groom’s hotel room. It ruins their romantic first night as husband and wife!
- Be a good host and offer a late night snack: Chancey Charm Boston Wedding Planner, Jyl Deering, recommends having food available to help your guests sober up before their drive home. Chances are, they haven’t eaten since dinner, and it could have been four or five hours since they ate. Feed them! Consider having your favor be something guests can take with them to go and eat later. We also love late night snacks as a final way to tie in your personality! Ask your caterer for tips and recommendations. They might be able to package snack boxes as favors to go! Another trend we love – having food trucks at your after party!
- Be a considerate neighbor: Hosting the after party at a private home or cabin? Jyl advises couples hosting the after party somewhere with neighbors close by to consider the parking and sound situations. Getting the police called to your after party is very embarrassing. Enough said? Just in case, it’s also smart to let them know ahead of time what your plans are. They’re more likely to be understanding if they know what’s going on in advance so they can plan accordingly.
- Use your DJ to help spread the word: Whether your plans are made last minute or you’ve been planning to keep the party going for months, communication is key when planning your after party (especially if guests have had a couple drinks and need a reminder). If you want to make sure your guests know of your after party plans, be sure that your band or DJ make a couple announcements throughout the night.
Cheers to dancing the night away celebrating your most special day – safely!
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