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You've finally narrowed down your wedding guest list, and boy was that a pain in the you-know-what, so you figure it's probably just easiest to invite everyone to the after-party too, right? Not so fast, brides! Before you blast out the news to your entire crew, you may want to seriously reconsider who joins you for after-hours fun.
The drunkest guy (or girl) at the wedding
Because the last thing you need is someone causing a scene or having to babysit on your big night. Whether it's your maid of honor, the groom's uncle or a whole group of wasted wedding guests, it's in everyone's best interest to get those who've had too much to drink home ASAP, even if they were originally invited (don't be afraid to assign a few non-drinkers to drunk patrol in case someone is resistant either). Otherwise, you risk a fight breaking out at the after-party over something stupid, which could totally ruin the night, or worse, getting kicked out of the venue based on a guest's bad behavior.
The prude aunt
We all have that one family member (or ten) who would never, ever approve of, much less enjoy, a wild and crazy after party. If this is the case and a rager is the late night game plan, it may be wise to pick a spot your conservative and/or elder guests wouldn't be interested in hitting up in the first place. For example, a club or that hip new dive bar that just opened up. Instead of including after-party information on your wedding weekend card or your website, keep it informal and send out an email to your friend group the week before or spread the deets via word of mouth.
The underage guest
As much as you adore your 17-year-old niece and his teenage cousin, it's best to leave underage kids off the after-party guest list for a myriad of reasons. Most importantly, your job isn't to chaperone, and if something were to happen and the parents weren't in attendance, you'd hate to be held responsible or made to feel guilty. An easy out is to select a venue that only allows guests in over a certain age.