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Wedding Trend Alert: The Afterparty

These days a wedding celebration doesn't have to end with the last dance or bouquet toss. Hosting a post-reception bash is an emerging trend in wedding planning. Usually these fetes happen after the majority of the guests have left and a younger, more enthusiastic crowd remains.

The afterparty gives the bride and groom more time with their close friends and the chance to let loose. Unlike the ceremony and reception —which may follow family traditions, cultural customs, or a certain etiquette — the afterparty can be exactly how the couple wants it to be. It's a newer trend so there is no norm to adhere to.

Do keep in theme with your wedding and have the bash at a nearby bar, an adjoining rented room, or hotel suite. Play fun music for late night dancing, and offer guests refreshing cocktails and tasty snacks.

The last wedding I went to there was a fabulously crazy afterparty in the hotel lobby. How about you, have you ever been to a wedding afterparty? Brides: Will you host a post-reception fiesta at your wedding?

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sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
Me too, eshellmoyer! The weddings that I usually go to don't end at 6. They go way into the wee hours of the next day... I'm South Asian so I think it might be a cultural thing for me at least. I have noticed this new afterparty trend though... Funnily enough, after the blast everyone has at the reception, it's at the afterparty where everyone sort of relaxes!
I've seen a couple come in for their wedding night, but they brought 15 other people with them to party. To me, why would you want anyone else in your wedding night hotel room? That room should be reserved for 2 people. IMHO if a couple needs to have their friends come to their hotel room for an after party, rather than enjoying their wedding night alone, they probably got married to impress their friends and family with a big wedding, and less because they want to spend the rest of their life with their new spouse.
cokerad cokerad 9 years
My fiance and I were already planning to do such a thing, but we're planning on renting a huuuuge mansion on the lake in our town, so we'd stay there the whole time! The older folks can go home at a reasonable hour and we can really break out the fun later on in the evening!
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 9 years
I've been to a lot of weddings that just have kick-ass receptions to start with. I've only ever seen after parties on wedding shows and all of them have been pretty thinly veiled excuses for people to get horribly drunk.
melanie-RN melanie-RN 9 years
I may do this as my husband to be has a fairly convservative family and I want to have a big party for all our friends. Plus I have drag queen friends who I couldn't imagine not performing on my big day.
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
Of course it was the best part of the night! Who goes to bed at 11pm when the reception ends anyway? That's when the night begins. The afterparty is so much fun, and you get free drinks at the bars b/c you're in wedding attire!! ;)
macgirl macgirl 9 years
It was our second marriage for both and we agreed that the wedding night consummation of marriage was a lot of pressure so we had an after party at our house.. It consisted of me the with a massive migraine from all the excitement of the day. I laid down to kick the headache around 11pm while the party went on without me ;-) Woke up around 4am migraine free to find the man who married us snoring loudly on the futon in our living room with his wife who is still in her bridesmaid dress with full makeup and hair. My new husband is sleeping on the floor in the family room with his feet up on the sofa and some friends passed out in the guest bed. It was a fun time ;-)
annam89 annam89 9 years
my cousin will marry in November and the afterparty its already planned it will be in a huge ranch with plenty of food and drinks
JLollie JLollie 9 years
My cousin just married in March. I almost was more excited about the after party that night than the reception! The wedding was the highlight of course, but the after party was a close second.
ualili ualili 9 years
We had an after party with music and plenty of drinks, but didn't attend. DH and I were exhausted so we went back to our room and relaxed in the hot tub. Apparently we missed an awesome time because even now, almost two years later, my wedding guests still talk about how much fun they had. It still makes me happy that my guests had so much fun!
vanprooyen vanprooyen 9 years
Yes, we are having an After Party at our wedding in July. Mostly because our wedding has to end at 10 pm because of zoning laws in Napa Valley.
rosey_y rosey_y 9 years
Don't most newlyweds end up not er, 'enjoying' their first night together as husband and wife because they're too tired as it is? Maybe I have a one track mind, but that's the first thing I thought of when I read this post. Being with my new husband on my wedding night is more important to me (and no, it will *not* be our first time!). I have the reception to be with my guests, and I can party with my friends anytime. We're having a small guest list though - I can understand why people with too many guests to get to during the reception would want an afterparty. Likewise if having an earlier ceremony and reception. :)
opisnowpro opisnowpro 9 years
I had kind of two weddings first at my parent´s house which was the civil marriage after that we had a buffet and cocktails, and a week later my wedding at the church that started at 6 pm and then a reception till 5 in the morning it was so fun and beautiful!!
StefanieO StefanieO 9 years
We went to In-N-Out for our afterparty. Couldn't have been more fun!
Charlsie Charlsie 9 years
I love this idea! It'll be nice to have something small afterwards if I decide to have a large wedding, not that I'm getting married anytime soon...
girlwparasol girlwparasol 9 years
my friends who are getting married in october are planning on doing this. they're having a reception dinner at a local country club, and continuing the party afterward at another friend's house. they're having a small wedding, so they figured everyone would want to continue hanging out after the reception, since the guests are all friendly with one another.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'd love one at mine too, something fun and care free. :)
MindayH MindayH 9 years
My friends did this, and the bride said this was the only portion of the day/night she really got to enjoy!
atrashid atrashid 9 years
we did this. we had an afternoon formal reception. then around 6 we had another reception in the same room with dancing, drinking, and some light food. the afternoon reception was for the older crowd and made the parents happy and the evening reception was for our friends. everyone had a blast.
soulight soulight 9 years
The idea of extending the party sounds like a great idea, but I bet I will be wiped after the ceremony let alone carrying the party on after the reception.
GinaSnyder GinaSnyder 9 years
I've been to some of these and they're a total blast! I will definitely have a little soiree like this after my wedding... which is not in the near future, considering I'm not engaged! LOL
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I LOVE this idea! I actually had an after-party after my Debut 18th B-day party. After all the adults anf my family left my friends and I partied way into the night. It was fun. ;)
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 9 years
I think it's a very good idea. You can have it all at your wedding.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I definitely like this idea!
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
I got married almost 3 years ago (wow, it doesn't seem like that long!) our church doesn't allow evening weddings, so we got married at 1pm, the latest they would let us. And we had a reception immediately afterwards which ended 6 ish. My husband and I went back to our hotel to change and relax, and the afterparty started at the main hotel at 7 - we had another open bar, a huge buffet, and all out of town guests were invited. (we showed up around 9 and left around 12... and the party kept going for long after we left!) I wouldn't want all my guests to come all that way and not be entertained! All out of town guests were also invited to the rehearsal dinner (with an impromptu afterparty for the people our age at a bar down the street) and brunch the next morning before they flew out. I completely suggest this for everyone! It was so much fun!
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