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Day After Wedding Events

Day After Wedding Events

You’re married, you danced the night away, now what? Many couples want to extend the festivities for one last celebration after the wedding. This is a great way to spend more quality time with people you missed in the whirlwind of your wedding day. Here are a few day after wedding events to tie up your wedding weekend with a bow!

Day After Wedding Brunch

Who doesn’t love brunch? A great after wedding event option is a nice brunch for your bridal party and/or immediate family. If you have a little white dress, this is the perfect time to wear it. The nice thing about an after wedding brunch, instead of breakfast, is you’ll have time to sleep off your wedding day festivities. Many couples love the small guest list of an intimate brunch to decompress from their wedding day and spend time with their loved ones.

Informal Barbecue

If you’re done with the formality of your wedding day and are ready to be comfy, this is a great option! This event location is also the most budget friendly. You can reserve an inexpensive park pavilion, or simply use someone’s back yard. You can even have guests bring anything from buns to burgers to make it a potluck. This is a great option if you have a larger bridal party or number of people you’d like to invite.

Pizza Night

Another easy, informal option is to have people over to the hotel, or someone’s house, and order pizza. Who doesn’t love pizza? if you have a pizza night it is stress-free because it requires very little preparation. Just get some paper plates and soda, then order pizza. If you’re stressed about preparing for your honeymoon, but still want to see everyone before you leave, this is a quick and easy way to accomplish that.

Pool Day

A pool day is great option if you just need to relax. Give your bridal party the time block you’ll be there and everyone can come and go as they please. The week of your wedding can be very stressful; so lay by the pool with your friends and enjoy the the perfect ending to a stressful week. If you feel fancy, you could even set up a mimosa bar with some hors d’oeuvres. Sit back, relax and enjoy the pool with a drink in hand in with your loved ones.

As your wedding day approaches, we hope these ideas will help you decide how to end your wedding weekend with a fun event! These options can be easily tailored to your group and preferences. For more wedding planning inspiration and advice, check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below! Happy planning!

Wedding After Party Food Truck

Wedding After Party

Wedding After Party

You’ve done it – you’re married and nothing besides Aunt May’s lost hat was catastrophic! Now you and your partner would like to continue the wedding festivities. That’s called the Wedding After Party and we’ve got some tips on how to throw the best kind!

You’ll want to scout ahead of time where you want your wedding after party.

If your venue has a hard closing time this is even more important so that you can keep the momentum going! Or perhaps you have a good family member or friend who offers their place. That’s even better since you could decorate and stock their fridge way ahead of time and you’ll know it’s open. However, you can also think about reserving a theater, bar or conference room at a hotel. You can also take into account locations: are you near a beach or live music venue? Have a bonfire or jam to a live band!

For the after party decorations no one is expecting over the top grand, but you can think of a few signature decorations.

We love the idea of using your honeymoon as the theme of the after party! Are you going someplace tropical? Then why not go to a tiki bar and hand out leis. This does require some set up beforehand so if that’s not an option explore venues that are themed.

Now comes the most important part of a wedding after party, the food!

You’ll want to be sure guests get a great bite to eat before more dancing or running around town. A food truck is a brilliant idea that can pull right up to wherever you want. Think tacos, sundaes and pizza trucks. If your after party is going to go until sun-up we suggest a breakfast. You can end up at a food truck or nice breakfast place.

When even the after party is winding down we love being thoughtful to the family and friends who have stuck with you this long.

Why not assemble a little hangover kit or next day rest spa basket? Just a few things like Alka-Seltzer, aspirin, sunglasses, bottle of water and a pack of gum for the hangover kit or scented soap, lotion, hand sanitizer and candle for the spa basket. You can have these final gifts as guests arrive at the beginning of your reception or hand them out at the after party. We love the idea of celebrating your wedding all night with those closest to you!

For more helpful wedding planning tips and inspiration, check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below! Happy Planning!

Pre & Post Wedding Events

Your wedding may be the main attraction, but there are several other events leading up to and following your big day that need to be planned. From the bridesmaids’ luncheon to the farewell brunch, the entire weekend is typically full of festive celebrations. Here’s a breakdown of the pre- and post-wedding events that you may want to consider:

Bridesmaids Brunch/Luncheon: This is usually offered in the morning or afternoon one to two days before the wedding as a gathering for the bride, mother of the bride, mother of the groom, bridesmaids, wedding attendants, and other close female friends/family members. This event can be relaxed and casual or formal and elegant. Typically, the bridesmaids’ brunch/luncheon is hosted by someone outside of the bridal party (a close friend or family member) and can be held in a restaurant or someone’s home. As the bride, you may also choose to host the event yourself as a way to celebrate and thank the ladies standing beside you on your big day. As for locations, consider a girly tearoom, elegant champagne brunch, or relaxed pancake house.

Welcome Party: If you have several out-of-town guests traveling in for your wedding, you may want to host a welcome party or event to greet them. This can be done one to two nights before the wedding at a private home, hotel, or restaurant. Again, this can be as casual or formal as you prefer, but it really serves as a way to express appreciation to those individuals who traveled a great distance to celebrate with you. Often, in lieu of a welcome party, brides and grooms will extend an invitation to out-of-town guests to join them at the rehearsal dinner. Depending on the number of your out-of-town guests, you may want to offer a cocktail hour in a rented space at the hotel or host a relaxed barbecue at your new home.

Rehearsal Dinner: The rehearsal dinner is typically held the night before the wedding immediately following the rehearsal (which usually takes place at the ceremony site). The rehearsal dinner is hosted by the groom’s parents for the entire bridal party, wedding attendants, officiant, and close friends/family. Typically, this is held at a restaurant conveniently located near the ceremony site, but can also be a catered event at a different location or in someone’s home.

Farewell Brunch/Luncheon: A lot of brides and grooms opt to join their wedding guests, bridal party, and family for one last hurrah before jetting off on their honeymoon. The farewell brunch/luncheon is held the morning after the wedding and may be hosted by the newlyweds, family of the bride or groom, or close friends.