After mixing and mingling with all your guests, giving and receiving hug after hug, barely having the chance to enjoy the dinner you so carefully planned, and just hardly starting to celebrate on the dance floor with your friends…before you know it, your big day is over. You don’t have to let the celebrating stop there, though!

Reception after-parties are a stunning opportunity to spend extra time with friends and family. They also let you keep dancing and celebrating the biggest day of your life! Kingsport wedding venue BANQ has a truly epic spot perfect for a reception after-party, too. That’s why I chatted recently with John, co-owner of this famed and historic wedding venue, to get a few quick pointers for making sure your reception after-party leaves as much of a lasting impression as the rest of your day. Read on for our quick tips!

Roof Deck for wedding reception after-party at Kingsport wedding venue BANQ | The Pink Bride {How to Plan a Reception After-Party That Rocks}

1. Focus on a locale with a view that’s near your reception spot.

Want instant bang for your buck with minimal need for decorating? Choose a venue with a view for your reception after-party! Also, make sure the spot is close by to ensure everyone gets there quickly and easily so the fun can continue.

BANQ has a phenomenal addition to its venue space, called the Roof Deck. It’s a gorgeous spot on the top of the building with stunning views of Broad Street, Church Circle and even Bays Mountain. Best of all? Guests simply have to walk upstairs to be in your reception after-party space. You can’t beat that kind of convenience!

Bride and groom pose on Roof Deck at Kingsport wedding venue BANQ, photographed by Cable Photography | The Pink Bride

2. Make sure you keep the music going, drinks flowing, and guests dining.

Do this for every part of your wedding day – not just the reception after-party!

“Your wedding day is all about celebrating your union together and the experience you create for you and your guests,” John states, “from décor to your signature drinks and even spectacular foods, you want it to stir up pleasant memories for years to come.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself! The event team at BANQ can offer professional suggestions with their carefully chosen list of vendors that help make your event flow and look even better. As for a reception after-party on the Roof Deck, there is not much you have to do.  Music, cocktail tables, and yummy hors d’oeuvres are the perfect addition!

Roof Deck for wedding reception after-party at Kingsport wedding venue BANQ | The Pink Bride {How to Plan a Reception After-Party That Rocks}

3. If you serve alcohol at your after-party, call a cab service to ferry guests away at the end of the night.

Buzzed driving is still drunk driving, and you definitely don’t want a tragedy to end your first night as husband and wife! Take care of guests and other motorists on the road by ensuring everyone gets to his or her hotel room safe and sound after all the partying is over.

One additional trait of the perfect venue for your reception after-party is location. BANQ is right there in the heart of Downtown, near practically anything your guests could want or need. It’s close to numerous restaurants and hotels, and a variety of public transportation services are nearby as well. From a limo or cab service to a vintage-style trolley, your guests can be shuttled safely to their destinations.

Wedding reception decor at Kingsport wedding venue BANQ | The Pink Bride {How to Plan a Reception After-Party That Rocks}

The BANQ building itself was built in 1927 and served as First National Bank for over half a century. The new owners, John and Angela Vachon, restored the venue in 2009 with stunning architectural elements reminiscent of its glory days – as well as several modern upgrades! BANQ boasts a full audio-visual system with flat screen TVs and speakers throughout that you and your guests will love.

Views of Broad and Center Streets can be enjoyed through the Grand Hall’s floor-to-ceiling arched windows with ambient lighting that creates a romantic feel for your event. The venue also boasts a warming kitchen as well as an adjoining urban loft apartment that you can also reserve for your day.  It’s a great place to get ready for your big event, and an even better setting for your Honeymoon Suite! As a bride at BANQ, you’ll enjoy hosting your event with the relaxation of having the venue from 10am until midnight. While a hostess will be on-site for your event, BANQ suggests hiring a professional wedding planner to keep everything in line and you stress-free!

BANQ is a flexible wedding venue with an events team ready and willing to help you pull off your big day flawlessly with a personal touch, whether that’s with vendor recommendations or a wedding consultation specialist. Because they know your time is precious, they set up and break down all the tables and chairs you’ll need for your event so you can focus on decorating the venue with your own unique style and tastes.


“BANQ is an extremely versatile setting for weddings and events,” John describes. “Guests love to walk around and look at all the details! Even the restrooms are impressive! You can add your own personal touch to this venue and make it uniquely you.  It offers an elegant, yet versatile backdrop for your wedding and reception, so you’ll find it easy and enjoyable coming up with ideas for the décor. No two weddings ever look alike at BANQ!”


To contact BANQ about hosting the biggest day of your life (and your reception after-party!), give the team at BANQ a call at 423.247.BANQ (2267), and be sure to visit their website and Facebook page to learn more. Tell them that The Pink Bride sent you!



Images courtesy of Connie Price with BANQ via email.
Second image by Tri-Cities wedding photographers, Cable Photography.