We agree weddings do spell celebration especially when they are Indian weddings. Known for extravagant weddings spanning several days, Indians are also known for after parties that continue for a few days after the main celebrations are over. These are smaller parties hosted by extended family or close friends as a token of gratitude towards the bride and groom or simply as their way of congratulating and celebrating with the couple. After parties can be a fun idea or a great gesture but hosts of after parties must realize that such events usually take place after days of celebration coupled with stress and exhaustion therefore appropriate planning is required to get it right.
Choose the right day
The biggest factor that contributes to the success of after parties is choosing the right day. Hosting an after party on the day right after the wedding ends up being quite exhausting for everyone therefore forcing people to attend the party in a rather unpleasant mood or with the feeling of wanting to get done with the party at the earliest. To avoid this situation, it is best to keep at least a day’s gap between the last wedding event and the first after party.
Shorten the guest list
How many times have you attended an after party that feels like the actual party itself? And we assure you that is not the best feeling. After parties are recognized as a continuation of the celebration but with near and dear ones therefore do not expect a successful after party with an extensive guest list. Keep it short and simple. Open the invitation to those that really matter and to those who will contribute to creating a great ambiance.
Keep it casual
Wedding parties are usually a combination of rituals, dancing, dining and drinking. Once guests have experienced that over several days, they do reach a point where they are looking for something that requires less energy and perhaps not much dressing. To give guests that feeling, keep the party casual. Allow it to be an opportunity for guests to relax and unwind whilst having a good time.
Throw in an unusual element
To have the best after party, we strongly recommend throwing in a little something that guests least expect. For example, a resort wedding in the Far East could involve an after party with masseurs giving guests a foot massage. Similarly a wedding in warmer cities could involve a beach side after party for guests to enjoy a dip by the pool or simply take in some stunning views.
Give it a detox angle
There’s no doubt that back to back parties are fun especially when you are with close family and friends but amidst the celebrations, people look forward to a normalcy in their routine. With people becoming increasingly conscious of their eating habits, there is a likelihood that your guests will either avoid a heavy meal or eat to their minimum capacity. If you want to avoid a scenario like that, cater to guests requirements with a refreshing and slightly detox menu. Alongside alcoholic beverages, include fresh fruit juices, sparkling water and a variety of dips and raw foods to enable guests to alternate binge drinking with healthy options.
These simple pointers allow you to plan simple yet successful after parties through which guests can have fun yet take it easy after the hectic wedding celebrations.