Gloves in Love: Why, Yes”¦the After Party

My last post finished with the end of our reception and, you know—that’s when I really thought our wedding would end. McGlovin and I are usually a staying in, snuggling-on-the-couch couple. I figured that on our wedding day, jam packed with activities and all kinds of emotional drainage, I would laugh and wave our guests on to an after party, and quietly shut things down with my newly minted husband.

Well, hive”¦it was not to be.

Here’s the thing—our wedding was a blast! I was having a great time, and my friends were having a great time, and it’s really the only time you’ll get to be surrounded by all of your favorite people in the best mood ever! How could you shut that down? So, we didn’t. We finished our last dance, and announced that we were headed to our favorite local bar. (Then my dad stepped out to announce that all the grown folks could congregate on the concierge floor of the hotel”¦what can I say, we’re a partying family!)

You can ignore my crazy face, but yes! I'm totally playing ski ball!

You can ignore my crazy face, but yes! I’m totally playing ski ball! And, oddly, collecting roses like an awkward Bachelor contestant/bride”¦merp.


Very few photos of the after-party”¦which is really a blessing!

McGlovin hailed a cab, and we set off. People seemed a little skeptical seeing me in my gown in the slushy streets of Columbus, but I wasn’t too concerned—when would I wear it again? Plus, it feels so weird to be in such a normal, everyday place in something as special and out-of-the-ordinary as a wedding dress. It was only an added bonus that everyone wants to send drinks to a bride. :) A few hours passed in a very hazy heartbeat, and McGlovin and I made our way back to the hotel.

Here’s where things get real. When I was still in my planning stages, I could not possibly fathom how people manage”¦everything”¦on their wedding night. According to the very scientific surveying I did in my last post on this topic, lots of couples choose to wait till the next day to engage in after-partying, and that’s definitely an option! But I am here to tell you—it can be done! LOL. I’m not providing details because who needs details? But several ladies made suggestions and recommendations in my previous post, and some of them really worked out! So I’ll pass those on:

  1. Really do have a shower or bath or rinse or something. It’s relaxing, and everyone feels better when they’re clean. It’s your wedding night—take those few minutes, if you want them!
  2. Yep, your new spouse will probs have to help you out of your dress. So you wore Spanx? No worries, you’re married now! Nothing to hide. :) After everything that’s gone on that day, he’ll forget he ever saw them.
  3. Wedding lingerie? Ain’t nobody got time for that! My favorite, favorite piece of wedding advice (yes, out of all the wedding advice, this is what I always pass on) is that the best wedding night lingerie is your veil. Unzip/button, shower, spritz o’ perfume if you’re feeling bold, and come on back out in your veil”¦that’s really all you need!

Not required, but always recommended is ordering pizza immediately upon checking into your room. I was ravenous by the end of the evening! Yep, McGlovin and I were the definition of romantic at the end of the day, all snuggled into our king size bed, inhaling pizza as we read through our wedding cards. :)

So, much like everything else I was concerned about, our after-party and then our after-party both managed to work themselves out nicely. How did everyone else handle the “after” portions of their wedding? I was kind of surprised we had any after portion at all—like I mentioned, I was sure we would be in bed, asleep by midnight!


Mrs. Gloves

Columbus, Ohio
Wedding Date:
January 2013
Love Potion #19: Lots of Kissing
Classifieds: January 22, 2014

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    nadnuk 1566 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:51 pm

    I am saving a link to this because my mom keeps pushing back about us going out after the wedding (reception ends at 9 pm) and going to the bar down the road that we love with everyone.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:58 pm

    Oh boy, I hope I make it to after-partying and after-after-partying would really just be a bonus! I’m so afraid I’ll just be passed out from all the excitement and long day that he would have to carry me home in a very unattractive way to toss me into bed. LOL.

    I do have a dream of making it to my local/college bars in my wedding dress though, just to make people gawk! haha

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    Damaris 3 posts, Wannabee @ 2:16 pm

    I *JUST* saw that you’re in Columbus (I moved here about two years ago).

    Inquiring minds want to know – where is this awesome local bar with the skiball?!

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    futuremrssarah 441 posts, Helper bee @ 2:25 pm

    We actually won’t be having an after party as our reception will start at around 8:30-9pm plus our venue has a 24 hour license so our guests can stay until whatever time they’d like at no extra cost which is great 🙂 .

    As far as our ‘afterrr-party’ it will actually be our first time so talk about a whole lot of pressure haha. We’ve talked about it and we will be sober and try to make it back not *too* late but if we are too tired we’ll wait until the next day… we’ll play it by ear I guess.

    Showers are definitely a must and lingerie is just too pretty to pass up on haha.

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 3:41 pm

    I totally would have passed out as soon as we got back to the hotel from our bar-after-party, but Mr. R demanded we make use of the jacuzzi tub in our room. I’m so glad he did! It not only forced me to you know, get clean, but also completely relaxed my aching muscles after a long night of dancing and let me spend some sexy time with my new husband!

    I didn’t do any sexy lingerie, but I thought my dress undergarments were really pretty. I actually made Mr R take pics of me in my bridal lingerie after telling him “Look, I will probably never be this thin again because I plan on eating cookies again. So you better take a picture so we can remember when I was this hot.” 😉

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    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:23 pm

    We’re definitely in the asleep-by-10 camp, but maybe we actually will make it to our after-party! You never know I guess!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 6:13 pm

    Great wedding night advice!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:34 am

    Ski ball in a wedding dress?! Awesome. Props to you for getting “everything” done!

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 9:24 am

    Our reception ended just after midnight so we high-tailed it to our hotel and crashed.

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:43 am

    We were awake until 4:00am on our wedding night – the fun just didn’t want to end, with which we were A-okay and anticipated. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. 🙂

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