Hate to say au revoir? Then an after-party—a post-reception fête that prolongs your wedding well into the wee hours—may be the perfect way to end your magical day.
Whether you remain on-property or take the party elsewhere, one of these ten post-reception ideas is sure to suit you and your fête-loving guests.
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Warm up an outdoor wedding with a beach bonfire. The W South Beach will supply the marshmallows and Mother Nature will do the rest.
Photo: Meredith Jenks
It doesn’t matter if the closest you’ve come to pin bowling is previewing The Big Lebowski. This sport is fun to play at any level. Arrange a Midnight bowl then alert guests where to go, and when. One clever couple stamped the invite onto a paper bag then stocked it with goodies from their favorite greasy spoon.
Dancing the night away can take a toll on your feet. Secure an intimate spot with seating, either in the same room as your reception or find a separate space, then pamper loved ones with mini-pedis and scrumptious breakfast bites. The Breakers Palm Beach serves up Eggs Benedict (pictured above) in tiny cast iron skillets while The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort‘s interactive donut station is a huge hit amongst newlyweds.
Newlyweds Rose McGowan and Davey Detail in their bounce house
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What’s better than a Walt Disney World wedding? A Walt Disney World after-party! If you are planning to get hitched on the theme park’s property, head over to the park and take in a few rides with your guests.
Laure Hitzig, Four Seasons Resort Orlando‘s Director of Catering recommends a whimsical way to bring out your inner Mouseketeer: Host a carnival-themed party with games, a bounce house and fun prizes. WARNING: Don’t be surprised if Mickey and Minnie stop by to crash your bash.
CRAFT BEER TRUCK
From designer cupcakes to bespoke burgers, food trucks have earned a trusted spot at many celebrations. Pick one that complements your theme or serves up your favorite foodstuffs. We’re loving the Beerstream Lounge (pictured above at IPC), a full service mobile bar based in Wellington that pours a plethora of craft beers, wine, top-shef liquors and a host of frozen cocktails. Outdoor furniture, linens, lighting and white picket fencing are also available.
Transport your guests to your honeymoon destination without paying for airfare. Planning a trip to Thailand? “We’ll roll in authentic street carts, similar to the ones found in Bangkok,” says Kristina Walstatter, Director of Catering at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. “Guests can sample different varieties of pad thai, fresh papaya salad, satays, tiger tear, nam sod (spicy pork salad) and bubble tea.” Going to Greece? The hotel will set up interactive cooking stations featuring souvlaki, gyros, spanakopitas and baklava.
A karaoke after-party is always a great idea, says Crystal Prante, Catering Manager at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. Guests can channel their inner rockstars at the resort’s “Karoake Ballroom Bar”, an interactive music station featuring a trio of microphones, a TV monitor and a library stocked with your favorite tunes.
If guests get noshy, treat them to a gastro pub-inspired menu, complete with your signature craft cocktail and a selection of tasty “sangwiches”.
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Are you and your hubby-to-be movie buffs? The Conrad Miami will transform your space into a private screening room, complete with big screen television, comfortable seating, blankets and fluffy pillows. Curb your gang’s cravings with playful fare, like spiked milkshakes, Moët Champagne and French macarons or mojitos and Cuban sandwiches presented in traditional cigar boxes.
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Looking for a high-energy transition between your reception and the after-party? Viceroy Miami’s Catering Director, Shannon McKenna, suggests a cool, techy twist: a LED robot show. These 10-foot-tall robots are lit up with 300 LED lights that beat in time to the music and come equipped with CO2 cold air guns, perfect for cooling your dancing guests down.