Wedding Reception Etiquette: How Does a Wedding Reception After-Party Work?


How does a wedding reception after-party work? Do you have any planning pointers?


The best thing about a wedding reception after-party is that there really are no rules -- the planning and execution is entirely up to you. The one etiquette must is inviting all of your wedding guests. A majority of them (like your parents' friends) probably won't attend, but they'll appreciate the offer. In terms of planning, you can host an open bar affair in another room at your reception site, reserve a space or a few tables at your favorite bar or lounge in advance, or make it more of a spontaneous, let's-keep-this-party-going affair. Start and end times are entirely your call too!

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