Hosting a Post-Wedding Brunch
Hosting a post-wedding brunch is a great way to spend a little extra time with family and friends. It can be difficult to spend time with each wedding guest, especially at a large event. If you have a lot of out-of-town guests, the post-wedding brunch provides another opportunity to visit with loved ones before you leave for your honeymoon.
Should You Plan a Post-Wedding Brunch?
While holding a brunch after the wedding is a lovely notion, it may not be right for you. Traditionally, the bride's parents pay for this type of party, but if they have already exhausted their budget on the wedding, they may not be eager to pay for another wedding-related event. Paying for the brunch yourself, if you can afford it, is the most gracious option, and shows appreciation for those that helped you plan your wedding.
Timing is another factor to consider when planning a post-wedding brunch. If you will be leaving for your honeymoon relatively early, don't try to squeeze a brunch in before you leave. Not only will you be distracted because of your limited schedule, but guests will be happier if they can sleep in a little. Remember, weddings are stressful for family members too, and giving everyone an opportunity to rest, including you and your new spouse, is important.
Formal or Casual
The post-wedding brunch can be as formal as a catered event or as casual as a home-cooked meal. Formal brunches can be held at restaurants and hotels, while more casual brunches can take place at a public park or at a private residence. While splurging on fancy culinary creations and cocktails is nice, most guests will be just as happy with a simple assortment of home-cooked breakfast foods. Additionally, hosting a brunch at home can be a great opportunity for you to open your presents in the company of your loved ones, but in a more relaxed setting than during the wedding.
Most post-wedding brunches are reserved for close family and friends, and as such, there is no need to go overboard. Even if you don't have much of a budget, you can simply serve coffee and cake, scones, or muffins. If the budget allows, you can take it a step further by serving quiche, or having a waffle bar. Mimosas are a lovely touch, and can be made inexpensively. If you have the time and budget, hosting a post-wedding brunch is a great way to spend quality time with loved ones, and to thank them for attending your wedding.
Posted by Anna K.