There is so much to consider when the wedding planning adventure begins. Prince Harry planned one. A good friend of mine planned one. And you can plan one too! “Planned what?” you wonder. Drum roll, please…an After Party!
So for some that will beg the question, what is an After Party? An After Party is exactly what it sounds like; it’s a party after the party or wedding reception. An opportunity to continue or re-start the fun where the event is a morning or early day affair, or just too fabulous to stop the celebration!!
We’ve all gone to a wedding where, when the reception was over and it’s time to go home, we wished it could go on and on. Of course every wedding we’ve ever attended doesn’t fit the bill, but there are definitely a few where we wished the fun would never end. Weddings are a happy and festive occasion. So why not linger and continue the festivities, if your wedding planning budget allows.
Wedding Planning – The After Party – More Work?
Your initial thought may be that it’s just one more thing to plan and stress over. Another item on your ever growing list. What a royal pain in the…neck. But before I go any further let me state that an After Party isn’t for everyone. But for those who decide that it sounds like a great idea and love the thought of continuing the celebration, this is the route for them. And including an After Party in your wedding planning is way, WAY easier than you may think.
The After Party – What are the Rules?
An After Party is like a Fight Club; the rules are, there are no rules! And, in my opinion, this is a huge bonus. With no rules, the designing and execution is totally up to you and your preferences. If you want a more casual experience, go for it! If you decide to hold it in your home, no problem! If a bar or night club is your venue of choice, book it! Or, if you prefer a spontaneous After Party and just want to go with the flow and invite guests during the wedding reception – go for that too! It’s entirely up to you.
Time for a slight correction (okay I was wrong); unlike Fight Club, there is one rule. All of the guests attending the wedding must be invited to the After Party. But don’t despair! Most of the fuddy duddy’s that you don’t want at the After Party, probably won’t want to be there. So don’t worry about Nana Rose, your mom’s boring bridge partner or your dad’s creepy golf buddy. They’ll be tired after the long day and will most likely decline the invitation.
All, ALL other details are totally up to you. The when (start and finish times), the where (whichever locale you choose), the food and drink, décor and entertainment are completely up to you. Because really, anything goes. It’s your wedding, and it’s your After Party. So therefore, it’s your plan for the how the fun continues.
So get out there and start planning the affair of your dreams! It’s your day so include the After Party you want. Remember, the only rules, are the rules you choose to make.