The best way to prevent those post-wedding blues? Host a post-wedding brunch the morning after your big day! We love setting aside some time for you to continue the celebrations with your loved ones and hear their favorite parts about the previous day. This is a great way to thank your guests once again for making the haul to your event and an awesome send off for the happy couple as well. But how do you go about hosting the brunch? We’re breaking it down for you today.
Where do we host?
The most convenient option is to just host the event at your hotel, assuming that you reserved a hotel block and most people will be in the same location, or at least nearby! The bottom line is to keep it convenient for your guests to get to, especially if they traveled out of town for the event. If you’re having your reception at the same location, you may be able to work out some sort of package deal/discounted pricing. Keep this a nice casual event -- no need for seating charts or a theme here -- to recount the festivities together.
What do we serve?
The caterer or hotel staff will be able to walk you through your options here. Most likely, you’ll be able to select options for a buffet, or if it’s a smaller group, guests can pick right from the menu. This will vary depending on your venue, but everyone loves a good brunch, so don’t stress too much over the menu! Keep it simple with the traditional waffles, eggs, fruit, yogurt, etc. Bloody Mary’s and mimosas are always nice, but make sure you don’t forget the coffee, too!
How do we know who’s coming?
This is a great thing to put in your invitations! Include all the details on location and timing for the brunch on a separate note in your invitations so that guests are aware it is happening. On your RSVP cards, include a box for them to check as to whether or not they plan to attend the brunch in addition to your ceremony or not. This will give you, and in turn your caterer/venue, the proper head count for that morning’s food. Make note: you do NOT need to invite everyone who was invited to the wedding! It’s perfectly acceptable to keep it small and just with your families and closest friends if that’s what you prefer.
What’s a good time to start?
You can set whatever window works for you (and your venue!). We typically think of brunch as something running from 10 am through 2 pm. If your reception and after party are running into the wee hours of the morning, you can always shift it back to an 11 am start time if you think that will be better suited for yourselves and your guests.