After-parties are an excellent way to make sure the night continues on and on… because you’re not going to want the fun to end. The key to making sure guests are up for the next event, says Tutera, is to keep the reception moving so the evening doesn’t feel like it’s stalled or being dragged out. “Always keep guests wanting more,” Tutera explains. For the after-party at the Jamie and Shilo’s wedding, everyone headed into the ballroom for dessert and found that the room had been transformed into a club with a dance floor as country group Lonestar played on stage.
If you can’t fly in a famous musical act, you can still throw a memorable after party, even if it takes place in the same space as the dinner or reception. “By changing the music or changing the lights, which is not a cost addition, you change the energy and the vibe,” he says. “You’d be surprised. It’s a major difference and people want to stay longer.”
6. Sub Signature Drinks Out for Specialty Bars
The signature drink trend has been around a while now, and though serving a specialty cocktail created for your wedding can be fun, the concept can also be a little limiting. For a fresh idea, Tutera recommends setting up a bar that’s focused on a certain spirit, offering a multitude of inventive options. “Whether it’s a whiskey bar or a champagne bar or even a craft beer bar,” he explains, “there are different ways to do it and it just doesn’t feel so predictable. It also opens the door to pleasing more guests.”
Overall, hotel weddings offer plenty of opportunities for your big day to be exactly as it should be: Fun, meaningful, and most of all, personal.
Photos: Ben Aguirre Photography