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Happily-ever-after parties are on the rise

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Anita Lee and Keith Brown sing karaoke at their wedding after-party on August 18, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie Sentell)


Travis Hance works the grill while Mike Schade watches at Kelly Rix and Andre Foisy's wedding after-party on August 18, 2007 outside Syracuse, N.Y. (Photo by Aleks Slota)

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A growing number of couples are not only planning the wedding ceremony and the reception, they're splurging on a post-wedding party, one often has a theme, a separate guest list, and (another) open bar. For many, the honeymoon has been eclipsed by hanging out with friends and family at the suddenly popular after-party.