Your wedding is definitely a big event that all your guests have been looking forward to and are sure to have saved plenty of energy for. That is why hosting a more casual party after the wedding can be a great option for those energetic guests that want to enjoy the day to the fullest and continue with the party.
The great thing about after parties is that there aren’t any rules on how to host them. From having it in the same location as your wedding or to rent a cool place near your wedding venue, everything is possible.
For weddings in the city
If your wedding is in the city there are different restaurants and nightclubs to chose from that can hold your after-party. Think about what your guests would love to do and make a selection based on that, after all, you know your guests better than anyone else thus, there is no one better than you to know what kind of after-party they would love.
If the wedding lasts a long time and you and your partner are already very tired, there is no rule that says you have to stay. Let them enjoy the night while you go back to have a well-deserved rest.
For weddings at a Hacienda.
Another option to have your after-party is to arrange it in the same location as the wedding, this allows you to have more control over the party vibe and time to call it quits, especially if you and your guests are staying the night at the place.
Usually, since the haciendas are located far away from the city, having the after-party in the same location is the only option that we have at the moment of planning. But, don’t get discouraged! There are ways to keep the surprise factor, like choosing a specific area that stays hidden until the event starts, or opening the pool to everyone so they can have a nice swim. Theme it however you like, the important thing is that everyone will have fun and enjoy the moment.
Keep in mind though that if you choose to have it in the same place as your wedding, you need to make extra sure to contemplate the right amount of hours not only from the place itself but also the services you hired. We recommended you plan ahead so you don’t have any worries or interruptions on the day of the wedding.
For example, some of the services that you got to make sure will continue until the very end are the following:
- Lighting: Haciendas usually only have basic lighting installed, so it would be super important to consider supplemental lighting for the area chosen for the party.
- Uncorking drinks: it is recommended to pay more hours to the wedding caterer so that he can continue during the after party and help your guests with the drinks.
- Hire food service: The most recommended option is to ask the wedding caterer for a special menu for the after-party, like cochinita, chilaquiles, etc. they are already at the hacienda and it is more feasible for them to provide this service.
- Music: You can consider paying more hours to the DJ or hire an audio setup to play music from a playlist already made.
Truth to be told, you can customize this party as much as you wish. Just don’t stress over it, consider it as a separate party from the wedding and just put your imagination to work and think about all the fun things you and your guests would like to do to enjoy the day to the fullest.