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Just because the wedding reception ends, it doesn't mean the party has to stop. Whether you're throwing a sophisticated sit-down brunch and want to hang with your loved ones through the day, or a formal twilight bash that begs to last through the wee hours of the morning, an after-party is never a bad idea for you and your loved ones to keep the fun going. Because this part of the big day is a lot less formal, you can do whatever your heart desires. It's a good way to reward the wedding party for a job well done, or continue to entertain out-of-town guests. Here, three different ways to make the best night of your life last a little bit longer.
Low-Key: If several more hours of open-bar boozing isn't in your budget, ask your wedding party to spread the word about an informal get-together near (or in) your host hotel. You won't be expected to pick up the tab, and guests won't have to travel far once they're ready for bed. Just be sure to give the hotel a heads-up several days in advance.
Moderate: Reserve a room at a bar, restaurant, or night club where your dance party can continue with a DJ or an iPod playlist. Pick a fun theme, like the '80s or techno, that might have been too much for the actual wedding. Order pizza or hire a food truck to satisfy late-night cravings.
Hardcore: If your venue allows, move your late-night revelers to a smaller space on the property. There, you can unveil a whole new party scene, complete with a DJ and midnight snacks like sliders, french fries, and boozy mini milkshakes. You can even ask your caterer to prepare a "survivor's breakfast" for the diehards who keep dancing until the very last call.