Tips & Trends: The Power of Print and After-Party Delight

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Tip: The Power of Print. One thing is certain; you may not recall all the details of your big day, but a beautifully designed wedding album will bring back all your favorite memories each time you open it. “Don’t underestimate the importance of the printed album,” says Chris Keeley. “People are rediscovering the value of something permanent that they can take out and look at with family and friends. Many of my couples tell me they do this regularly, especially on their anniversary. Casually pulling your wedding album off the shelf and cozying up to your partner—that never gets old!” And one last photography tip—make sure your wedding planner carves out time for the photographer to capture your reception space before guests flood in. “This ‘first look’ isa great time to capture the couple’s reaction and the reception design in its entirety, so we can get clean shots without grandma’s sweater on the back of the chair,” says planner Christina Padavano.

Trend: After-Party Delight. Following hard on the heels of the pandemic, late-night after parties are all the rage as wedding revelers don’t want the celebration to end. So, crank up the music, put on that short white party dress, and bring out the late-night treats to keep dancers fueled. According to caterer Liz Curcio, late-night treats can be fun and creative. Think cocktails and comfort foods like bite-sized donuts, mini mudslides with mini chocolate-chip cookies, sliders, mini lobster rolls, pizza bites, truffled French fries, and espresso martini shots. Great music is another key element of a successful after party. Make sure you can extend your band into the wee hours or hire a DJ to keep the tunes coming and your friends on the dance floor. Liz adds that you might book a separate after-party space and bus guests there, or simply move your crowd from one spot of your venue property to another, like an outdoor firepit or a barn with a DJ.

Written by Pat Chaudoin

Photography by Cassandra Daye