How to Create Your After-Party Guest List


When planning your perfect wedding, it's easy to forget that the big day is also a chance for your friends and family to celebrate. However, not all wedding venues are equipped to accommodate the number of late-night revelers who wish to join in the festivities. How do you decide who should stay at your party until the wee hours, and who to cut from the guest list? Our etiquette experts weigh in.

Before descending into panic over whom to trim from your late-night list, first take a moment to count your lucky stars that your after-party venue is the only space limiting your guest list. Your friends and family will be present at the most important moments of your wedding from vows to cutting the cake, and most guests will simply be delighted to be included in those key experiences.

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When you do sit down to taper the after-party list, first think about your personal VIPs. There are undoubtedly several guests who you wouldn't think of celebrating without at your small gathering, and often they are family members, your maid of honor, and members of the wedding party. If you wish to keep hurt feelings at bay, close your guest list there. Your other invitees will respect your decision if only family and members of the wedding party are included in the after-party.

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