After the wedding...

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  1. silverspoon65

    silverspoon65 Enthusiast

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    If you have a wedding earlier in the day, and the reception doesn't end late, what do you do after the wedding? Besides getting the honeymoon started, of course. lol.

    Any wedding I can think of went pretty late, like 11 or midnight at least, or the bride and groom left for their honeymoon because they were actually travelling somewhere.

    We probably won't do a honeymoon until the following summer, so we won't be travelling. Has anyone ever gone out with your wedding party or something like that after the reception?
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Some people 'after party' at the hotel where their guests are staying or somewhere else nearby.
     
  4. HWilson

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    I think it's totally fine to just hang out with friends and wedding party. Go back the hotel, a dance club, a bar, or even someone's home where you can just enjoy your day.
     
  5. Sarge

    Sarge Enthusiast

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    Yes, all the time.

    For example, we went to a wedding in London over the summer for my wife's cousin. The actual wedding was on a Saturday. The reception ended around midnight or so, and since a bunch of people were staying at the same hotel, we all took over the hotel bar along with the bride and groom where we remained until around three or four in the morning.

    On Sunday, the bride and groom and about 30 of us All went over to the restaurant owned by the caterer and had a big dinner. Most everyone was flying out Monday or Tuesday. And many of those flying out were heading to Jordan to have still another reception with the groom's extended family.

    Also, prior to the wedding, there had been parties dinners three out of four nights at the bride and grooms house. And the one night that there wasn't a party at the bride and grooms house, about 30 of us all went to a pub. The pub wasn't big enough to accommodate all of us, so we had our pints in the alley behind the pub until it got too cold and then we all headed for a nearby Italian restaurant.

    This is pretty typical in my wife's family. Whenever the reception ends, everyone heads for another establishment (quite commonly the hotel where the bride and groom are staying) and continues the party. The next day, it's quite common to have a dinner or a barbecue whether the bride and groom have left for their honeymoon or not.
     
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    My mom's wedding reception went until about 10pm. Then we walked over to the hotel where most people were staying and stayed at the expensive hotel bar until last call.
     
  7. Tasha

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    I know of one couple that had a small party with their out of town close family so they got to spend some time with them after the wedding.

    I also know lots of people who went out with the wedding party to have a little bit wilder party without their relatives looking on ;)
     
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    My son and daughter-in-law's reception ended at 5:00. Her parents hosted a big party at their home afterward for anyone that wanted to continue the celebration including the bride and groom who were leaving for their short honeymoon the next morning.
     
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    We did the same thing, lo these many years ago. Our college friends all came over to my mom's house and we hung out until late in the evening, and then went to our hotel before flying out for our honeymoon the next morning.
     
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    When I was a bridesmaid in one that ended with it still being daylight, I'm not exactly sure what the happy couple did, but I left to continue more sightseeing. I was out-of-state. One of the groomsmen did ask if I wanted to go out with the wedding party (don't know where to), which I politely declined.

    If I have a wedding in which there probably won't be a wedding party of folks or many attendees, my new husband & I will just hang out by ourselves I guess. Then I assume we'll leave for the honeymoon within the week (depending on what season it is). Getting married in Hawaii is still in the back of my mind, so of course the honeymoon would start right away after the wedding/reception.
     
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    In a wedding I was in last year, all of the close family and the wedding party went over to the groom's house. The newlyweds opened their presents and we all enjoyed left overs from the wedding food/rehearsal dinner. It was a lot of fun! Very relaxing after a wonderful but busy day.
     
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    My reception ended at 10pm, and a bunch of our friends went to the hotel where we were staying that night and hit the bar with us...even some friends who weren't staying over. It was fun :)
     
  13. Danny'sNanny

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    We had rented a big cabin for the wedding party, so after the reception everyone went back there. We were about to move to another state, so we figured we had plenty of time to be alone but not much time to spend with our friends.

    Funny story though - there were fireworks at the casino that night (right before 4th of July) so we headed up there to watch. DH jumped in a car with his cousin, I jumped in another car with my brother in law and my sister. We ended up getting separated and never did all find each other until we were back at the cabin a few hours later.
     
  14. msaly

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    In my experiences the bride and groom don't (want to) go out after the wedding, most of them go home/to their hotel room even if they aren't leaving on a honeymoon. I was a bridesmaid in a friends wedding, and they went home after their reception ended at 11pm, the rest of the party went to a condo someone had rented- though I didn't go because I didnt know anyone else in the wedding party and I was flying home the next day.
     
  15. njteach41

    njteach41 Middle School Social Studies Teacher

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    My wedding was at noon on a Sunday. It was in Cape May, NJ. The reception ended at 5pm and we invited guests on a sunset dolphin/whale watching cruise that was from 6-8:30. It was perfect.
     

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