After Parties: What, How, and Yes, Please

Who doesn’t love a party that keeps going? A wedding after party is the perfect solution for a night you’ll never want to end! Guests will love that you want to spend more time with them, and you’ll appreciate having a game plan for late-night revelers. Often it can be as simple as a nightcap in someone’s hotel room with just the wedding party. Of course, you can even make it a wedding-part-two!

Let’s take a look at the after-party trend and the must-know etiquette to make it happen. Then, we’ll give you a snapshot of two fabulous after parties we’ve planned. If your wedding is as spectacular as you’re dreaming up, then your guests will be excited to see what else you have in store for them as the night unfolds.


What happens if your guests don’t want to leave? Your wedding ends before midnight, but it’s too early to go to bed. Your guests are enjoying making memories with you and just having fun and celebrating. One solution is to have an after-party! It keeps the energy going, and it lets your guests continue to mingle.

Usually it’s a smaller group that attends the after-party, and it’s typically hosted by the groom’s family. Keep in mind: the most important elements are the food, drinks, and music! Of course, simple comfort foods are always a great go-to.

The trend first started because guests travel so far to come to weddings and they want to make the most of their time. How often do they really get to see all of their friends? They want the moments to last.


Peaked your interest? First, let’s consider a few logistics to follow in planning and attending your after-party.

Hint #1: Couples typically stay at the after-party for an hour. After that, you’re free to go! The festivities with guests don’t have to last all night. Your friends will definitely understand.

Hint #2: Change up the décor at your after-party. We suggest letting the groom or his family pick the theme, but still fits your personality. Some examples, we created an Alaskan Village because the groom was from Alaska.  We created a Hunting Lodge because the groom loved to hunt and we have even created a Man Cave complete with a whiskey tasting bar had a casino craps table and a cigar bar! How can you make it memorable? Have fun with it with a nod to the groom!

Hint#3: Let your guests know if there’s an attire change. You can go casual for the after-party, but make sure everyone is on the same page. Dressing to match the theme might be fun, too.

Hint #4: Have breakfast/comfort foods ready for the partiers. After parties general last 2 hours or so, your guests will most likely start to get hungry. Having food on hand is sure to improve people’s moods and maybe help sober the guests.

Hint #5: Costs are often paid by the groom’s family.  Your guests are already giving you gifts for the wedding (and possibly, pre-wedding events).  It’s just another thank you for sharing the couple’s day. Light on funds? Use the money for favors to help pay for the cost of this add-on. Costs can range from $500 to $5,000!


Want to get a sense for what an after-party looks like at a real wedding? We’ve helped with after parties for some of our recent weddings (below). We make sure that the party matches the style and personality of the couple. Guests love it when the couple has an after-party that’s just them. Get ready to hear about a couple of our recent smashes in planning an after-party that not only adds a personal touch, but also makes for good, old fun.

Austin & Jonna

Austin, a Major League Baseball star, married his bride, Jonna, at the Four Seasons. After an elegant wedding ceremony and reception, the guests discovered that there was even more planned for the evening. Our team arranged for a “sophisticated mancave” inspired after-party that extended the festivities on into the night.

The party was complete with casino games, whiskey tasting, and a cigar roller. The bride and groom took a photo beneath a sign that announced: “Action Jackson’s Whiskey & Cigar Lounge.” As you’re planning your after-party, you should brainstorm a few ideas that will just scream you and will surprise your guests. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

John & Courtney

After dancing at the reception, John and Courtney met up with their guests at an after-party with an Alaskan theme. As guests entered, a tall sign read: “Welcome to Kaplan, Alaska. Established 2017.” It all came about because the groom was from Alaska! Go for it on personalizing your after-party; guests will love that extra special touch.

Inside, guests found strings of lights, white walls for an icy feel, and mock campfires. There was even a Polar Bear handing out Klondlike Ice Cream bars! For your own after-party, you could match the theme to your hometown, adding in elements that remind you of home.

Thinking about making plans for an after-party? Let us talk through ideas with you! Look through our Weddings by StarDust offerings today. You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Austin & Jonna

Venue: Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas | Photographer: Amy Herfurth Photography | Floral, decor & rentals: Bella Flora | Bakery: Fancy Cakes by Lauren | Drapery: Dallas Drape & Lighting | Lighting: Beyond | Bridal Attire: Eve of Milady and Toni Federici from StarDust Celebrations | Bridal Party Attire: Monique Lhuillier from StarDust Celebrations | Beauty: Mo Bowers, Fairy Godmother Bridal | Entertainment: Jordan Kahn BandMarcus Rollins Entertainment

After-Party –
Furniture: Shag Carpet Prop Rentals | Florist: 21 Parc | Cigar Roller: Sabino Sotelo

John & Courtney

Venue: Four Seasons Resort and Club | Photographer: F8-Gary Donihoo | Lighting: Randy Ro Events & Entertainment | Bakery: Frosted Art | Florist: The Garden Gate | Linens: BBJ Linens | DJ/Emcee: Marcus Rollins | Band: In10City

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