Thinking about planning a fabulous wedding after party? We’ve rounded up 50 of the best, high-energy vibes-only songs to play at your wedding after party. And, because we’re a little extra sometimes, we also put together all the details to make your wedding after party the most memorable night of your life! Keep reading for more.
“Should I Have a Wedding After Party?”
Are you asking yourself this exact question? There are a variety of reasons that nearlyweds choose to host a wedding after party! Here are the top 4.
It’s possible you’ve booked the venue of your dreams and they have a hard stop on your reception, hours before you’d like the night to end.
Throughout the planning process, you’ve viewed your wedding as an experience. The details haven’t been just about “what you’ve always dreamed”, but also about showing your guests the best time possible.
You’re planning a destination wedding in a gorgeous country away from home and you want to soak up every last minute before it’s time to bid adieu.
This is the first time in a long time that everyone you love will be gathered in one place! You cannot wait to experience what it feels like to have everyone there for you on your best day ever and you want to spend as much time with them as possible.
Where to Host Your Wedding After Party
So where should your wedding after party actually take place? Well that all depends on where you are actually hosting your wedding! Will it be a wedding in your hometown or a town that you’re familiar with? Or will it be a wedding to a far-off destination? We’ll break down the options for you a bit more!
Where to Host Your Wedding After Party – Destination Edition
Having a wedding in a far-off locale that involves travel by plane and possibly the necessity of a passport, is an exciting adventure. However, it can also involve a lot of logistics for you and your guests. Which also means that you don’t necessarily have the comforts of home. However, if you worked with a fabulous destination wedding planner or an all-inclusive resort, then take heart in knowing that you have a team in your corner who is dedicated to making sure everything goes off without a hitch.
Let’s say your wedding will take place at an “everything’s included” resort. Typically, your reception contract will have an end time. But, that’s not to say that there aren’t other parts of the resort/venue that are open a bit later. Your options may include moving to another private space or taking over the on-site restaurant. If neither of those are options available to you inquire about local late-night spots that you and your guests can arrange transportation to. Lastly, if you want to keep the vibe of your wedding after party more intimate, you can always invite back the members of your wedding party to your room for bops and late-night bites!
Where to Host Your Wedding After Party – Hometown Edition
Getting married in your hometown, or at least a town you’re familiar with? Have you ever heard the phrase, “hometown advantage”? You already know where all the best spots are, how to get to them, and what to expect when you arrive. But, if you’re asking us, we still think the ease of convenience by keeping your after party located at the same venue is 100% amazing.
However, your hometown allows you to turn your after party into a pub crawl, a late-night pizza stop, a fun get-together at an Airbnb, a pool party at your favorite aunt’s house, or the takeover of a private space at one of your favorite local restaurants, pool halls or bowling alley. There is no wrong way to after party! Your vibe will be matched by the tone you set based on your location. So think about what really makes you and your partner tick and where you best envision spending the final hours of your wedding day with those closest to you!
Who to Invite To Your Wedding After Party
Not every single one of your guests will warrant an invitation to your after party, but who does? The very first thing to do is to find out the maximum capacity of your after party space. Next, you’ll want to compile a list of all the guests who traveled to be at your wedding (if in your hometown), as well as immediate family members and friends. Of course, your list should include an invite to your wedding party as well, but let them know that their attendance is not required. It’s entirely possible that they are completely burnt out at this point and they are more excited to meet you at your day after brunch. Eliminate any guests traveling with children, your older guests, and anyone who will be traveling to get home the day after your wedding. This should leave you with a pretty good set number of invitees!
Wondering how to actually invite those guests to your after party? There is no set etiquette for invitations to a wedding after party. The only instance that warrants an official “by mail” invitation for your after party would be for a destination wedding. Including an itinerary or schedule of events with your guest’s wedding invite will help keep things organized and your guests in the know. Additionally, for our destination wedding nearlyweds, if you don’t have an official itinerary you can opt to share the invite and details of your wedding after party through your Guestie event. Planning a more lowkey affair for your wedding after party? Word of mouth is totally ok!
What to Serve Your Guests at Your Wedding After Party
Is there anything better than a fab late-night bite to chase down those cocktails? Late-night bites that work well at an after party are pretty much anything that can be handheld and doesn’t require more than one utensil! Pizza, eggrolls, sliders, fries, pretzels, popcorn, donuts, milk & cookies, you name it! Good old-fashioned comfort food that will fuel your second half of the night. You can opt to display these items buffet style, have them ready for your guests in little to-go boxes, or even have a food truck roll up to your location to serve guests hot ‘n’ ready snacks!
What to Wear to Your After Party
After party attire is all about comfort and style! If you want to keep the wedding day vibes going, find an outfit you can hit the dance floor in that closely matches the silhouette, style, or even color of your ceremony attire. You can top it off with a denim or leather jacket, a veil, or a headpiece. Look, you know your style and wedding day vision better than anyone so it’ll just be a matter of finding something to wear that says what you want it to say, in a way that works best for you!
Decor On The Dance Floor!
A wedding after party in a private space is an experience all its own, but it’s also a continuation of your wedding reception. You’ll want the decor, including florals and lounge seating areas, to closely mimic the style of your reception. But the dance floor is where you’ll want to say “welcome to the after party!”. Your dance floor is where you’ll make the biggest statement for the night and set the tone for the final hours of your wedding. Disco balls, hanging florals, decor, a wrapped or monogrammed dance floor, specialty lighting, and more, don’t hold back! If you need more tips on making the dance floor at your wedding after party lit, you can check out How To Level Up Your Wedding Day Dance Floor & How To Level Up Your Wedding Dance Floor With Props!
And Finally, The Top 50 Songs To Play At Your Wedding After Party!
Below are 50 of our favorite high-energy songs to keep the party going and get your guests on the dance floor. But everyone has their own brand of “this is what gets me up out of my seat”! Want to know what song it will be for the guests at your wedding after party? Ask them for their song requests, in advance, through your Guestie event. That way, you get to view all of their requests in advance, and sift through them to make any cuts before handing them off to your DJ or adding them to your after party playlist!
Best 50 Songs To Play At Your Wedding After Party
- Applause – Lady Gaga
- Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
- Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) – Soul II Soul
- Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke ft. T.I., Pharrell
- Circus – Britney Spears
- Crazy In Love – Beyonce
- Dance (A$$) – Big Sean ft Nicki Minaj
- Dancing Queen – ABBA
- Dirty – Christina Aguilera
- DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher
- Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
- Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg ft Pharrell Williams
- Everybody Everybody – Black Box
- E.T. – Katy Perry
- Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – C+C Music Factory
- Get Low – Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz ft Ying Yang Twins
- Gimme More – Britney Spears
- Groove Is In The Heart – Deee-Lite
- Hey Ya – Outkast
- Hot In Herre – Nelly
- I Like It – Enrique Iglesias
- In Da Club – 50 Cent
- I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
- I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
- Just Dance – Lady Gaga
- Laffy Taffy – D4L
- Last Dance – Donna Summer
- Let Me Clear My Throat – DJ Kool
- Levitating Featuring – Dua Lipa ft DaBaby
- Love Shack – B-52’s
- My First Kiss – Ke$ha
- No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame ft Wale, Roscoe Dash
- One More Time – Daft Punk
- Party Like A Rock Star – Shop Boyz
- Pump It – Blacked Eyed Peas
- Push It – Salt-N-Pepa
- Sandstorm – Darude
- Savage – Megan Thee Stallion
- Say So – Doja Cat
- Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake
- Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
- Shots – LMFAO Featuring Lil Jon
- Snap Yo Fingers – Lil Jon
- The Way You Move – Outkast ft Sleepy Brown
- Thriller – Michael Jackson
- Timber – Pitbull ft Ke$ha
- Turn Down For What? – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
- We Are Family – Sister Sledge
- What Is Love – Haddaway
- Yeah! – Usher ft Lil Jon, Ludacris