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A wedding isn't really a wedding unless there's an after party to extend the celebration! While you could always get down at the standard hotel bar or the hottest club in town, we say dare to be different and do something totally dope like boarding a boat for a late night booze cruise or heading to a glow in the dark bowling alley.
1. A Bowling Alley
Kentucky-based wedding planner Rayna Wallen of Always Planned recommends dividing everyone up into two teams and competing in a good old-fashioned post-wedding bowl off complete with booze. "You can even customize the after-party with team bride and team groom t-shirts." If you want to take things one step further, reserve a space at a glow in the dark bowling alley. "These places are typically open late night, surrounded by large screen video walls, a thumping sound system and all the pizza and beer you can ask for," notes Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner.
2. The Hotel Hospitality Suite
Wedding planner Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events, says her favorite after-party location happens to be the hospitality suite in the hotel with your room block. "These rooms tend to be cozy so you can relax on the couches and flip your heels off," she explains. "Plus, some hotels will even let you stick your own bar in there, which can be a huge cost saver."
3. A Theme Park
On the happiest day of your life, shouldn't you hit up the happiest place on earth too, or you know, somewhere similar? We think so! For couples that are hosting a daytime wedding where the majority of guests have kids or are just kids at heart, consider having a shuttle bus transport everyone to the nearest theme park to keep the party going. If you have enough guests, you're bound to get a great group rate.
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4. A Private Charter Boat
If you're getting hitched in a coastal town and want to celebrate until the wee hours of the morning, find yourself a private cruising charter, suggests Samuels. "Considering the fact that noise ordinances often force couples to shut down the after-party earlier than they'd like, a charter is the perfect solution to that problem. You can sail and dance until dawn without having to worry about the police coming to tell you it's time to wrap up," she points out.
5. A Beach Bonfire
Another fun idea for summer brides saying "I do" on the coast is a beach bonfire. "So many people are scared to have an entire wedding on the beach, but an intimate after-party around a bonfire is a fun way to allow your guests to kick back and relax," says celebrity wedding and event planner Danielle Rothweiler. If you have the budget for it, you can also take your party to a loft space. "You can decorate it with lounge furniture and have your own private club and catering."