You may be planning a totally classic ceremony and reception, but that doesn't mean you can't have some fun with the after party. Event and floral designer Chris Hessney of Hessney & Co shares how to throw the coolest after-party ever.
Your wedding ceremony and reception might be totally classic, but that doesn't mean you can't have some fun when it comes to the after-party. In fact, event and floral designer Chris Hessney, of Hessney & Co, thinks couples should go in an entirely different direction than the wedding itself as they plan this post-nuptial celebration. After all, the guests at your late-night bash are likely a bit younger and often ready to party late into the night; give them a celebration they won't soon forget (and won't skip out on) by peppering your after-party with those unexpected and inspired ideas you didn't have a place for in your formal reception. "Don't be afraid to go a bit kitschy for an after party," Hessney advises. "It's a time to let loose a bit after the wedding."
With help from wedding planner Laura Remmert Events, Hessney and his arsenal of industry pros headed to Neuehouse, an industrial space in the heart of New York City, and showed us exactly how to throw the coolest after party ever. Even better, photographer Twah Dougherty captured every funky detail.
A Clear Theme
Wedding themes may be so out, but choosing a one overarching idea for your after-party can make for a lively and unique event. Hessney loved the idea of a Tarot card reader's tent, so he used that as his inspiration for this after-party.
Sure, florals will be an important element of your after-party décor, but you should also feel free to get playful. Hessney wanted this after party to feel fun and fresh, so he brought it in unexpected accessories like taxidermy, crystals, and books, all from Creel and Gow, to give this space the unique vibe of a Tarot card reader's tent.
The Right Bites
"People love fun snacks and comfort food at after-parties," Hessney reminds us. "If you want to keep guests going, make sure to feed them." Think: Cocktail hour-style bites or sweet treats that guests can grab on the go. A calligraphed menu, like this one from Ink Revival, tells everyone what the evening's offerings are.
No, we're not saying you need to make the rounds like you did at your wedding, but you should offer fun alternatives for those that might not be interested in dancing. Tarot card readers, burlesque dancers, photo booths, or polaroid cameras are fun, interactive activities for guests to take part in.