Many wedding guests will have traveled long distances to attend the celebrations. For this reason, it is becoming increasingly popular to host a post wedding brunch prior to when the bride & groom head off for their honeymoon. This gives those who traveled long distances a bit more time with the couple – which is the reason they made the trip. It is a great way to show those who made a little extra effort, how important they are to you. An invitation card for the brunch can be included in the wedding invitation envelope or mailed (or emailed) separately.
There are several ways this can be handled and all of them have benefits of their own.
– If you are using a caterer for your wedding, hire them to provide a light continental breakfast the next morning.
– Negotiate with the wedding reception venue to hold it there and you may be able to lower your food and beverage minimum or get a better room rental rate by having two events in the same space – especially if the set-up can remain. If you hosted your festivities under a tent, make arrangements with the rental companies to hold off on shutting down until after the brunch.
– If the group is small enough, hold it at a family members home and order pastries from a local bakery or send someone out for donuts & juice.
– Hold it at a local breakfast spot. If you choose, you can indicate on the invite that it is a pay-your-own-way affair. Be sure to schedule with the cafe ahead of time.
– Keep it simple! The wedding and reception were big, elaborate affairs – this is just an additional chance to thank your bridal party and/or spend time with out of town guests.
– Don’t invite everyone! Keep the guest list to those you really want to make sure you get extra time with.
– Delegate! Assign the entire thing or portions of it to a willing bridesmaid or eager-to-help mother in-law.
– Let them sleep in! Don’t schedule it for 7:30 am just because you want to head off to your honeymoon. A brunch is considered to be between the hours of 9:00 am – 11:30 am. If you and your guests were up late at the reception (and you know they will be), be kind to them and yourself by letting everyone get some rest!
**For ideas on hosting a brunch wedding & reception see this post.
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