TipfulTuesday: What is an Afterglow?

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Did you read our post last week about the post-toast? Great, welcome back. An afterglow is not to be confused with a post-toast. Let us explain…

An afterglow is that warm fuzzy feeling after… well, never mind. We mean it in the cleanest term of an after-party following the wedding reception. This party is for the late-nighters that don’t call it a night after the bars close at 2am. This one is for the all-nighters.

Practicality speaking here’s how to pull off the awesome-est after-glow ever… first, ask your reception venue and caterer before signing the contract to make sure they’re on board. Have this time written in the contract after the reception ends. Then, plan to your hearts content. Think: fun, lounge-style, bar seating with late-night passed snacks. Think: Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, Taquitos, Sweet Potato Fries, Potato Chip Bar, Crab Cake Sliders, and donut wall from our friends at Funky Town Donuts. Think: DJ if you had a band at the reception. Think creatively about the place to host your after-glow. This could be in the pre-function space where the cocktail hour was held or you can secretly transform the patio or terrace at your venue.

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Getting the word out: You could send a separate small “psst” invite to some of your guests or just let the evening evolve into the whispers of a secret party after the reception with a very exclusive feeling.

How many well-planned after-glow parties have you been to? None, you say. Hello – we’re here to help. Follow us on Facebook @SarabethEvents or Instagram @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events Team

#TipfulTuesday: What is a Post-Toast?


Trending now and hot, hot, hot! We are absolutely in love with this idea. A post-toast is a wedding welcome party for out-of-town guests but it is held immediately following the wedding rehearsal. Old etiquette stated that it was oh-so-important to invite every single soul to the rehearsal dinner but times are changing. Before marriage, research now shows that a high number of brides and grooms have relocated from their hometown for their careers. This means a rehearsal dinner can quickly grow from an intimate amount of out of town guests to your entire alma mater. The solutions for a family-filled rehearsal dinner plus making those OOT guests feel welcomed?! Look at having a post-toast.

Hosting a post-toast is easy but we highly recommend hiring a professional planner for this one (of course, we’re partial). First, find a location for a rehearsal dinner that can also be used for a larger reception after the dinner is complete. Second, make sure the venue & caterer are onboard. Most will love this idea too – you are already paying for the venue, so extend a few hours – open the bar – have some dessert stations and have fun. Our favorite post-toast tips are to make it fun and entertaining for your guests. Think: experiences and not just another dinner. Think: bands, fun unique entertainment such as a big Texas welcome, butt-sketch artists or craft bartenders. Think: rehearsal dinner inside with the post-toast outside. Want to do something fun for the wedding reception but it’s not elegant enough? Add it to the post-toast. This event can set the entire weekend off with a great start!

How many awesome welcome parties after the rehearsal dinners have you been to? None, you say. Hello – we’re here to help you achieve just that. Follow us on Facebook @SarabethEvents or Instagram @SarabethEvents.

XOXO,

Sarabeth Events Team