When it’s your special day, the last thing you want is for the night to end–especially when you’re partying with your favorite people. While many couples choose to end the night after the venue curfew to get some sleep before jetting off on their honeymoon, we know that many don’t want the party to stop.
If you love the idea of staying up to the crack of dawn with your family and friends, we suggest hosting an after party. Think karaoke, clubbing, or bonfires. Sound like your kind of night? We’re rounding up ten creative wedding after party ideas to keep the festivities going until the sun comes up.
10 Creative Wedding After Party Ideas
What’s more fun than drinks flowing and your favorite songs playing while you sing along? If possible, hire a DJ that offers karaoke, and you don’t have to leave the venue. If you’re under time constraints, head to your local karaoke bar for a night of singing and dancing.
Many venues will allow you to stay late but have a noise ordinance cut-off–aka when you have to stop blasting music. If this is the case, but you’re not quite ready to call it quits, consider a silent disco. Hand out headsets to your guests, connect them to your DJ’s Bluetooth channel, and silently keep the fun going.
Whether you’re heading to a bar, a club, or a hotel, get there in style with a party bus. In fact, you don’t even have to be going anywhere specific. Take your loved ones around the city while the music is playing, drinks are flowing, and lights are glittering on your bus.
There’s nothing more exciting than a speakeasy. Having a password to get in, old-school cocktails, and moody lighting. If your destination has a speakeasy that you want to visit, make reservations ahead of time. If not, create your own at your venue, hotel, Airbnb, or home.
To really keep the party going, head to a nightclub. Depending on where you tied the knot, most clubs will be open until 2 or 3 AM, which means you can literally party until the morning. If this is something your guests are interested in–and we suggest asking beforehand–opt for a VIP table with bottle service.
We know that clubbing isn’t for everyone. But that doesn’t mean that you should have to sacrifice a night out on the town. If you and your significant other are a little more lowkey, make your way to a dive bar instead. You’ll still have drinks and good music. But you’ll also likely have pool, darts, and other classic entertainment options.
If you want fun that’s not a club or a dive bar, try out a night at a casino. This is especially great if you’re tying the knot in a spot like Vegas, Atlantic City, or New Orleans. Just be careful not to spend all of your honeymoon money.
While many people choose to have a pool party if they’re hosting a wedding weekend, if your hotel or Airbnb has a pool, why not make use of it at the end of the night? Bonus points if you jump into the water in your wedding attire. It makes for some epic wedding photos.
There’s something about bonfires that make for lifelong memories. Break out the s’mores ingredients and blankets and curl up around the fire while you and your new spouse share stories and laughs with your loved ones. It’ll be a night you’ll never forget.
Start a game of (friendly) competition with your guests in a round or two of bowling. You’ll be able to munch on greasy food and play a game that will have you feeling like a kid again. But don’t forget to bring a change of clothes and socks–no one wants to bowl in their wedding dress or tux.
Now that you’re ready to party the night away with one of these wedding after party ideas, it’s time to start thinking about your playlists. While it may not seem like much, the music you play will help determine the mood of the entire night. And if you want your guests to keep the party going with you until early the next day, you have to get energized. To keep spirits high, check out these wedding reception songs guaranteed to keep your guests dancing!
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