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Elopement After Party Ideas with Family

An elopement after party is an awesome way to celebrate with your loved ones after a more private ceremony. Eloping has become increasingly more popular because of the attraction of a simplified, intimate and adventurous day. Many people choose to elope, but still want to celebrate with family and friends. Well guess what? You can enjoy the best of both worlds by gathering friends and family after you wrap up your dream elopement day.

Elopement After Party Ideas

Backyard BBQ Elopement After Party

What better way to celebrate a summer elopement than with a relaxing backyard BBQ? BBQ's bring a low-key vibe that makes for a great after party. Keep things simple with burgers, hot dogs, grilled vegetables, beer, wine and desserts. Add simple and affordable decor like string lights, picnic table clothes and wildflowers to create a cozy atmosphere. Then gather around a bonfire for music, s'mores and storytelling late into the evening.

Wine Tasting

For wine enthusiasts, incorporate a wine tasting into your special celebration. Plan to visit a local vineyard with family and friends or better yet, host in your home! Display a variety of wines to sample and pair with a delicious charcuterie board of cheese, crackers, meat, spreads and dips, fruit and vegetables. This brings a level of sophistication to your day and creates a fun theme and atmosphere to gather together.

Beach Bonfire Elopement After Party

If you eloped near the coast, consider having a beach bonfire party. Gather around a fire pit, roast marshmallows, and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing in the background. Bring blankets and beach chairs for seating, and don't forget to bring along some music for ambiance.

Dinner Party

Host an intimate dinner party at a favorite restaurant or in your home. Choose a menu that reflects your tastes and preferences, and consider hiring a private chef for an extra special touch. Decorate the space with candles, flowers, and elegant table settings to create a romantic atmosphere. Many restaurants have private dining rooms for intimate events. See what spaces are available in your area!

Outdoor Picnic

Invite your guests to join you at your favorite park, botanical garden or countryside. A romantic picnic is an ideal way to celebrate with friends and family. Pack a gourmet picnic basket with your favorite foods, snacks, and drinks. Bring along a cozy blanket, cushions, and perhaps some lawn games for entertainment. A beautiful outdoor setting makes for a lovely place to gather and celebrate.

Cocktail Reception

Host a cocktail reception at a stylish lounge or rooftop bar. For those that want to take away the stress of hosting something at their house this is a great alternative. It also helps to make the event feel more formal and special. Work with the restaurant or bar to come up with a fun menu for the evening. Serve a selection of signature cocktails (maybe one for each partner), along with hors d'oeuvres and small bites. Create a playlist of your favorite songs to set the mood and encourage guests to mingle and celebrate.

Brunch Elopement After Party

For those that like to seize the day, host a brunch! Maybe nighttime events are not your thing and a brunch sounds like the perfect time to gather. Pick a favorite brunch location or host at your house. Choose some favorite food and drink options to honor your day and share with your guests.

Adventure Day

Elopement couples tend to be the adventurous type. Why not invite your friends and family to join the fun! Plan an adventure-filled day with your closest friends and family. Activities could include hiking, kayaking, zip-lining, or even a hot air balloon ride, depending on your interests and location. End the day with a casual dinner or bonfire to unwind and reminisce about the day's adventures.

Themed Party

Throw a fun themed party to add an element of fun and excitement to your celebration. Choose a theme that reflects your interests or the location of your elopement. Try a vintage theme, a tropical luau, or a Great Gatsby-inspired soiree. Not to mention, it will create some fun memories to look back on for years to come!

Additional Resources: How to Tell Family You're Eloping and The Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Dream Elopement Photographer.

Remember, the most important thing when planning your elopement after party is to enjoy the company of your loved ones and celebrate your marriage in a way that feels authentic and meaningful to you as a couple.

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