Unlike a wedding reception that follows immediately after the ceremony, a wedding after-party takes place at a different time. It can be planned for the following day after the wedding ceremony to several weeks later. Wedding after-parties are common when the bride and groom has eloped, were married at a distant location or had a small, intimate ceremony for close friends and family, but wish to share their joy with people who could not attend the wedding. The party can be a formal dinner, brunch or cocktail party, or be a casual party with a theme.
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Decide the specifics of your wedding after-party. The date, the venue, whether the party will be formal or casual. If you decide to have a theme for your after-wedding party, like a luau or champagne and roses, it may influence what your invitations look like to reflect the theme. Also, develop the guest list to help you determine how large the after-party will be.
Include in your after-party invitation the reason for the party and who it is for; who is hosting the party; where the party will be; when (time and date); special instructions like dress code or directions; and how to reply (telephone number or e-mail) to the invitation or RSVP.
Add a verse, quote or rhyme to your invitation wording. Depending on the circumstances of the wedding ceremony, you may wish to add something like "We could not cope, so we decided to elope. Come join us in celebrating our recent wedding." Use any of your favourite wedding quotes, or make up your own. Stick with the personality of the newly married couple and the mood of the after-party. If it's casual, have fun with the wording. If it's more formal, choose something from a favourite poet or use elegant ideas from magazines and online.
Tips and warnings
- The important thing to remember with a wedding after-party invitation is to be clear about what it is and what the guests should expect. If it's a casual affair with only close family and friends, keep the wording natural and friendly, and just tell the guests plainly why the couple is celebrating after the wedding and that it's just an opportunity to relax and enjoy their company. If it's more formal, or there are special circumstances that delayed the after-party, give a brief explanation, but feel free to leave out details. Treat it like an invitation to a formal reception but make sure to leave the word "reception" out and stress the "after-party."
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