How To Throw A Kick-Ass Wedding After-Party

Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Let’s set the scene for a second: Imagine it’s 9:45 p.m. at your friend’s wedding, and you and your friends have just found your groove on the dance floor. After a night of mingling with cousins, aunts, uncles, and the obligatory exchanging of pleasantries with people you've just met, you’re ready to get the party started. And then, the DJ announces that the bar's about to close.

What's a party girl to do?

We’ve all been those unsuspecting guests. There's no business calling closing time when there's so much fun to be had! Nobody wants a party to end just as it's getting started. To prevent this travesty, there are several things you can do if you're the one planning the wedding — or throwing the after-party. 
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Offer A Late-Night Snack
After a few hours on the dance floor, guests are sure to want a nibble. Making a late-night snack available will undoubtedly help keep the party popping. You could go the fancy route and hire a food truck, a custom that's practically becoming a wedding tradition, or you could simply plan to have your caterers whip up some grilled-cheese sandwiches. It’s hard to go wrong once it’s past 10 p.m., everyone’s had a few drinks, and dinner is a distant memory.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Deal With The Noise Ordinance Issue
Pesky noise ordinances are the main culprit for cutting a good wedding reception or banging party short. In most cases, noise can’t pass a certain decibel level after 10 p.m. — this is especially true if a wedding is taking place in a hotel, backyard, or anywhere where people could be trying to sleep.

The solution? A little thing we like to call the silent disco. With a this special headphone equipment, the party-hardy hosts and their guests can still blast music and dance the night away without keeping the entire neighborhood up.


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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Make It Game Time
The key to keeping the party fun and fresh well into the wee hours of the night? Having a variety of activities for party-goers to participate in. Not everyone loves the idea of drinking and dancing until 4 a.m., and even guests who DO will need a break eventually.

Hydration stations, lawn or board games, a sitting area, or a photo booth can give the newlyweds and their guests a chance to switch gears or recoup after hours of breaking it down on the dance floor.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Designate An After-Party Location
Unless the event is at a family member or friend's private property, most venues will have firm cut-off times when everyone absolutely HAS to be out, noise ordinances or not. For most weddings, this is when the party ends — but it doesn’t have to.

An easy way to keep the party going is to find a location where the newlyweds and guests can keep celebrating. This doesn’t need to be fancy — a favorite local late-night spot or even a conference room at the guests’ hotel can be easy rendezvous points. Just add snacks, drinks, throw in those eager guests, and the party is already happening.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Make Transportation Accessible
One of the keys to making a late-night wedding party successful is making sure everyone knows they can get home safe, no matter how late they choose to stay out. Hiring a party bus or shuttle to get party-goers from the reception location to their hotels is an effective way to make sure guests celebrate safely.

Late-night transportation not in your budget? No worries — having readily available information for local taxis, or even services like Lyft, is an easy way to make people feel more at ease about getting around.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Buy Hangover Kits
Many of your guests are sure to need these the morning after. The couple, or their wedding planner, can DIY hangover kits or even order a few from Etsy. They also make for great favors — hey, even if people don’t use them the day after the wedding, it doesn’t mean they won’t come in handy down the road!
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