A brunch held the morning after a wedding is a wonderful way to spend some time with close friends and out-of-town guests after the excitement of the previous day. The brunch also provides a warm farewell for the bride and groom, who may be leaving for their honeymoon later in the day.
A post-wedding brunch tends to be an intimate occasion including family members, the wedding party, and close friends of the bride and groom. Guests can socialize in a more informal and relaxed environment, spending time with one another as well as the newlyweds. Accordingly, post-wedding brunches have become popular in recent years.
Inviting Your Guests
There are no rules of protocol to adhere to as far as the method of inviting guests to your post-wedding day brunch. A verbal invitation is suitable, but you can include a brunch invitation with your wedding invitation and request a RSVP to ensure you have the exact number of attendees.
If you prefer, you can send out a separate invitation. The invites can be as formal or as informal as the brunch itself. You can also customize the invitation to a theme to match the menu.
Hosting and Deciding Who Pays
One of the initial matters is deciding on who will pay for the brunch. No formal rules exist, but typically the bride’s or the groom’s family covers the expense. If a family member or good friend hosts the event, then it is a nice gesture for that person to pay for the meal as their gift to the newlyweds.
Where to Hold the Brunch
If you have sufficient room in your home, it can be a more intimate affair, as well as more comfortable for those attending. The brunch does not need to be formal at all. After a late night of celebrating, your guests may appreciate a casual morning meal.
If you choose a restaurant or another venue, it is important to select a location that is easy for your guests to find, especially those traveling from out of town. Consider where most of your guests live or at which hotels they may be lodging, and select a location central to everyone.
If your out-of-town guests are staying at the same hotel, you may think about using it as the brunch location. That provides a convenient spot for all guests, and the hotel may offer a special brunch package that can save you some money.
Decide Upon the Décor
The wedding was possibly somewhat noisy and filled with small talk, and the reception was likely a bit louder and more vibrant.
A post-wedding brunch should have a lighthearted and relaxed atmosphere. If held during milder climate months, open up some windows, head out to the patio, and play soft music in the background. Decorate with a few simple floral arrangements on a buffet table and other eye-catching spots in the entertaining area.
Keep It Casual
If it is doable, reuse the flowers or centerpieces from the wedding. Use a good quality brand of plastic or paper products instead of china. If you hold the brunch in a restaurant or have it catered, you will not have a lot to do as far as setting up and cleaning up. This provides a very convenient option since all guests will head out in different directions when the brunch is over.
What you decide to serve at the brunch is determined on the time of day you schedule the meal. A brunch held earlier in the day will include mostly breakfast items, while a meal scheduled closer to noon can include lunch items such as salads, sandwiches, and cheeses.
For a brunch held earlier in the day, consider offering omelets, muffins, parfaits, a waffle bar, and fresh fruit. Keep in mind, most of your guests will want to chat and visit with one another, so be sure the items you offer will provide mobility for them.
Whatever you decide to serve, coffee and other hot beverages must certainly be available. Even though you have the option of serving cocktails, keep it simple with traditional brunch options such as Mimosas, Screwdrivers or Bloody Marys.
The post-wedding brunch is a delightful addition to any wedding festivities. It provides the bride and groom an opportunity to spend quiet, quality time with family, friends, and out-of-town guests. It also creates a relaxing beginning to any honeymoon, and allows the newlyweds the occasion to enjoy their wedding day celebration for a few hours more. If you are beginning to plan your wedding, a post-wedding brunch may be the ideal add-on to your perfect day.