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10 Creative Wedding After Party Ideas

October 28, 2022 | riley

Image by Alicia Wiley

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

Karaoke

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. 

Silent disco

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.

Party Bus

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.

Speakeasy

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. 

Club

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.

Image by Katelyn Mallett

Dive Bar

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.

Casino

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. 

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Pool Party

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.

Bonfire

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.

Bowling

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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7 Palette Ideas for Winter Wedding Colors

October 27, 2022 | kailey

Images by Savanna Sturkie Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

Cool temperatures come with cool color palette options, and winter weddings are no exception. If you’ve decided on a chilly affair and are still in the early planning stages, it’s easy to feel trapped in a box—especially when it comes to winter wedding colors. But we’re here to remind you to think outside of the traditional winter wedding shades. While a monochromatic rich berry red or green look will always hold a space in our hearts, there are a variety of color combinations to play with on your mood board.  

For couples planning cozy “I do’s” in the winter months and seeking inspo for color palettes, look no further than these unique winter wedding colors inspired by the utter romanticism of the season.

1. White, French Grey, Pickled Bluewood, and Grey Asparagus

Images by Jonnie + Garrett. See more of this styled shoot here.

2. White, Dove Grey, Spicy Mix, and Black

Images by Jessica Amber. See more of this real wedding here.

3. White, Everglade, Gondola, and Black

Images by Brianna Lane Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

4. Champagne, Hazel Green, Sherpa Blue, and Mirage

Images by Savanna Sturkie Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

5. White, Vanilla, Everglade, and Black

Images by Laura Zorman. See more of this styled shoot here.

6. Champagne, Silver Chalice, Grey Asparagus, and Maroon

Images by Maggie Grace Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

7. White and Champagne

Images by Lora Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

When you picture a winter wedding, odds are icy landscapes, fluffy coats, and warm drink stations come to mind. While those elements make for an incredibly romantic celebration, they aren’t the only options available. To make hosting a unique winter wedding that much easier, we’ve compiled all the tips and tricks you need in one convenient location—happy planning! 

Image by Hope Allison Photography. See more of this styled shoot here

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Intimate And Vibrant Montana Ranch Wedding

October 25, 2022 | justine

After sharing a life together for more than a decade, when the time came to tie the knot, Megan and Grey decided to skip the traditional big bash and timeline. Instead, they opted for an intimate week-long countryside celebration with their closest loved ones. Set on a family property with acres of incredible scenery, gorgeous lush florals in a bright color palette, and rustic chic decor—their Montana ranch wedding featured cozy western vibes and ultra-romantic touches.

With an arbor filled with vibrant blooms, the couple said their “I dos” with the iconic grasslands in the background. Greg honored their blended family during the ceremony and included Megan’s children in his heartfelt vows. Their reception on-site included an outdoor dining setting under the starlit sky with string lights strewn across the space, complete with a chic lounge

On top of the picturesque setting, the couple looked stunning in their wedding attire. The groom looked dapper in a beige suit, while the bride was breathtaking in an off-the-shoulder lace gown. If you and your partner are searching for inspiration for an unforgettable ranch wedding, you’ve come to the right place. Scroll down to discover Megan and Grey’s touching journey through the lenses and eyes of Junebug member Maggie Grace Photography.

Junebug Member Maggie Grace Photography’s Insights On How Megan and Grey’s  Montana Ranch Wedding Came To Be

Their amazing ranch was able to host most of their guests for an entire week. Megan and Grey prioritized bringing their favorite people to their favorite place and creating a family-centered atmosphere. All their kids and family pets were invited to attend. No one was excluded! Megan and Grey had a vision of contrasting the Montana green landscape with bright pops of color. Megan is an interior designer in LA and wanted every detail to feel lush, playful, and vibrant. Every bit of their wedding felt full of life, which reflected who they were as a couple. These two love to party and host, so every detail–from the gorgeous lounge and live music they brought in for the entire week to the cocktail bar–was chosen to provide their guests with endless entertainment and comfort.

The Couple:

Megan and Grey

The Wedding:

Montana, United States

Highlighting Their Blended Family During The Ceremony

During their gorgeous ceremony, Grey pledged his life to Megan’s children, promising to protect them as a father for the rest of their lives. Tears were shed throughout the crowd as their families watched them commit to continuing to build on the beautiful life together they had created. It was such an incredible week in the Montana mountains!

Celebrating A Fresh Start The Second Time Around At Their Montana Ranch Wedding

Megan and Grey’s day was a true celebration of years of patience and hard work to get to where they are as a couple. This couple had each individually been in prior marriages and long-term relationships. Megan had two children when she met Grey. They fell madly in love, and over eight years, they slowly built a life together that culminated in a blended family built on love, trust, and hard work. After nearly a decade of ups and downs, they ultimately decided to skip the conventional timeline and planned a wedding at their family ranch in Lewistown, Montana. They brought just under 40 of their closest friends and family, the people they spent the most time with who supported them through their entire relationship.

 

 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Maggie Grace Photography
Event Planning – Emily Aitken Events
Floral Design – Rust + Thistle
Catering – Chef John Lacono with Bay Breadz
Cake – Parr Creek Bakery
Videography – Becca Neblock
Paper Goods – Joni
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Ethereal Hair & Makeup
Rings – The Proper Way
Rentals – Tailored and Tied + Barn Door Event Rentals + Ecru
Table Rentals – The Little Gem Co. + A Fine Fete
Linens – La Tavola 

 

Congratulations to Megan and Grey on their intimate and vibrant Montana ranch wedding. Whether you and your partner have set your sights on an intimate celebration with nature as your backdrop or a lavish affair under the stars, like this couple, don’t be afraid to think outside the box

And, of course, a special shoutout to Junebug member Maggie Grace Photography for capturing and sharing this dreamy wedding with us. Draw inspiration from unconventional celebrations like this by checking out her profile in our directory of photographers from around the world.

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