Make sure your big day lasts all night!
Credit: Chrisman Studios

Everyone knows that time flies when you're having fun, but who says the fun has to end after your wedding reception? Take advantage of having all your family and friends in one place, and get inspired to keep the party going all night long with these inventive after-party ideas from Easton Events and Gold Leaf Event Design and Production.

Up the Suspense

Just as your guests think the party is winding down, throw something unexpected into the mix to let them know that there's much more to come. "Nothing makes an after party more memorable than a sense of mystery," says Easton Events. A favorite of Easton Events was a Venetian-inspired after-party when they surprised guests with an assortment of ornate masks during the bride and groom's departure. After dancing through the sparkler tunnel, the bride and groom then led their newly accessorized close friends and family to the celebration. Gold Leaf Event Design and Production also encourages couples to keep the element of surprise, recommending that the after-party is left off of the invites.

Just Add Water

Channel the carefree season of fun in the sun with waterfront classics like a pool party (just make sure that you hire a lifeguard.) Another surefire hit that Easton Events recommends is a beach bonfire. What better way to unwind after a wedding than with some toes in the sand, some s'mores in hand, and dancing under the stars?

Get Grooving

Music has the power to make or break a get-together, so it's important to have your soundtrack plan secured. Gold Leaf Event Design and Production recommends a surprise musical performance to bring your guests to the dance floor. If you really want some wow factor, consider specialty entertainment such as aerial dancers to go along with the songs.

Focus on Food

If you ask Easton Events, after-party food is nothing short of a must, saying, "We love offering food "to-go" if guests are being transported to the after party in addition to having late night treats available throughout the evening." Gold Leaf Event Design and Production also frames the food you serve as a great way to infuse some of your personality into the celebration. "Some of the most memorable after parties we've coordinated have included elements that really represent the couple, whether it be their love for In-N-Out Burger or serving their favorite spiked root beer float," they say.


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