So the wedding day is over, and you’re officially married. If you’re not headed to your honeymoon right away, a post-wedding brunch is a wonderful way to close out the wedding festivities. The new bride and groom can take the final opportunity to thank their guests and spend a little extra time with loved ones. Here are a few essential tips to help you plan.
1. Who Should We Invite?
The post-wedding brunch is typically for the couple’s families and any out-of-town guests who are still in town, especially those who traveled far distances to join the celebration will really appreciate being invited.
2. Who Should Pay?
Traditionally, parents of the bride will pay for the post-wedding brunch. However, it’s a nice gesture for the new couple to take over the expenses and play the role of gracious hosts as newlyweds (if the budget permits).
3. Where Should We Have Our Brunch?
Typically, the brunch should take place near the wedding location, so not to inconvenience guests who traveled from out of town.
If your out-of-town guests are all lodging at the same hotel, consider having your brunch there. Not only will it be easier for those involved, but the hotel may offer a special wedding package that will save you money. A local café or restaurant is also a great location for a brunch. Or if you are anticipating a smaller group, a friend or relative may wish to host the brunch at their home.
Special Tip: If using the hotel where guests are staying, keep in mind the hotel’s check-out time and make sure it doesn’t conflict with the brunch schedule.
4. Should We Send Invitations?
Insert a card inside the wedding invitations to guests you would like to participate in the post-wedding celebration. You can also send out a separate mailing—whatever works for you. The cards can be as formal or as laid-back as the brunch itself. If very casual, invite your guests via telephone or email. Feel free to also tailor the invitation to a theme that fits with the brunch menu.
Note: You can’t always expect guests who partied hard the previous night to show up for a meal in the morning. So you might want to take this into consideration when you set your brunch time.
5. What Should We Serve?
Popular brunch items include pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict, pastries, fruit, and other breakfast-related goodies. However, don’t feel obligated to have a typical brunch menu. A menu featuring the couple’s favorite cuisine is also an option. If your brunch will take place later in the day, consider expanding the menu to include lunch.
Special Tip: Even though alcohol isn’t a must-have menu item for brunch, feel free to start off the meal with Bloody Marys, mimosas, or a champagne toast.
6. Do We Need to Make it Extravagant?
Most of people will keep the bunch simple and reuse flowers and/or centerpieces from the wedding, with soft music playing in the background.