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Post Wedding Brunch Ideas

Post Wedding Brunch Ideas

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.

Tips:

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.

Image Credits: Savory Cuisine Catering 

Wedding Wednesday: What’s Under There?

If we’re going to cover all things wedding, we really can’t leave this subject out. You guessed it – we’re talking about undergarments. This is a little bit of a pet peeve for me because brides put SO much effort into every tiny detail of their wedding and often times leave out this very important piece! You spend a lot of time and even more money on getting the absolutely perfect dress and then fail to invest in the proper undergarments for it.

Most wedding dresses won’t accommodate your everyday bra so its crucial to skip the safety pins and purchase one that actually fits for the style of dress you’ll be wearing. ALL dresses will look better with some shapewear under them. Men are important too – shapewear isn’t just for the ladies anymore! It’s important to have no matter where you are on the weight spectrum because it helps smooth, lift, support and hold everything together and will really give your gown or tux the tailored look you paid for it to have. No matter how well your dress is tailored, the right undergarments will make it fit better and will keep you from tugging, tucking and jiggling things back into place throughout the day.

Even if you are on a tight budget, save $50 – $100 of it for some properly fitted undergarments!! There, I said it – now off you go to the intimates section of your nearest department store!

Wedding Survival Kit

Crap happens, even on your wedding day. It feels like sometimes crap happens because it is your wedding day. You work for months to plan every detail, but inevitably something will happen. So, I love the idea of giving the beautiful bride a WEDDING SURVIVAL KIT! Put it all in a cute bag or container and you’ve got a great gift! It contains a few essentials that will come in handy in the brides get-ready room or just to keep nearby at the reception. 

Wedding Survival Kit

I included:

  • sewing Kit 
  • lip gloss
  • scented lotion
  • clorox Pen
  • pocket size tissues
  • bobby pins
  • hairspray
  • bandaids
  • disposable toothbrushes
  • lint roller
  • deoderant
  • energy bars (what bride actually gets a meal on their wedding day?)
  • tylenol
  • safety pins
  • gum
  • double sided tape (keep those girls in place please!)
  • breath mints
  • diet coke

 

Wedding Wednesday: The First Dance

Typically the Bride and Groom have their first dance at a point during their wedding reception that then begins the dancing portion of the evening. Occasionally, the first dance will be followed immediately by other special dances, such as a father-daughter/mother-son dance, but tradition isn’t tradition anymore. Now, there is a wide range of approaches to fit many personalities. What’s yours?

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Choreographed Dance:

Slow dancing (see Jr. High Shuffle) for the first dance kind of got the boot a few years ago when couples began to perform fully choreographed dances. Since then, it has become almost common for a bride and groom (and in many cases, their bridal party) to perform a choreographed dance for their first dance. I’m not talking about learning 4 steps of the waltz and repeating them while the music plays – I’m talking about upbeat, precise, timed and choreographed to specific music. Some feel that this has been overdone, others can’t wait for their own wedding to come along so they can show off their moves! It’s your day, you get to decide!

Exploring Cultures:

There are some fun traditions in other cultures that you may want to include in your first dance. In some cultures the bride and groom start the first dance together and then after about 30 seconds are cut in by the bridal party. The bridal party offers money to take a turn with the guests of honor and this continues until the song ends. If you don’t feel comfortable asking your guests for money they can offer other tokens – such as a flower or candy lei (that is provided), a kiss on the hand or a slip of paper with wedding advice on it.

The More The Merrier:

For the bride and groom that don’t like the spotlight, it is popular to invite guests or select groups of guests to join in for the first dance. You may choose to invite your family only, your bridal party or include anyone who wishes. The DJ or MC will help make this clear in an announcement. This way, you still get your moment with your new spouse but don’t feel the pressure of “all eyes on you”. Do what is going to make you and your sweetheart the most at ease.

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(Me and my sweetheart Darrell)

What We Did:

Although I have been dancing my entire life and even graduated in college in dance, my sweet husband isn’t comfortable on the dance floor – at all. I am the extrovert and have danced on a stage my whole life and he is very comfortable in the audience – no where near the dance floor. So, we compromised (as any good wedded couple does). We danced a traditional slow dance and invited anyone who wanted to join us in it. We danced to “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain – the words described us so perfectly. About 1/2 way through we split up and danced with other important people – our parents, grandparents, nieces and nephews. It was perfect for us. We got to have our first dance moment along with our guests and then got to spend special one on one moments with our loved ones.AA7_0177

(Me dancing with my Grandpa)

Wedding Wednesday: Cowgirl Themed Bridal Shower

This fun cowgirl themed bridal shower was submitted by Ember Pilati. She hosted the shower for her younger sister. There are a lot of really fun details to look out for so don’t miss anything!

Here is the party description in Ember’s words:

My sister is a cowgirl, not just a Rhinestone Cowgirl – a “real” cowgirl! She was raised on a ranch, has worked at several dude ranches as a guide and a cattle ranch in Montana.  She is a Veterinary Technician and loves animals.  So finding our theme was pretty simple.  She is going to have a rustic wedding, but not a country theme, so we wanted her shower to be all about her!  We found a darling white cowgirl hat with fake tiara and attached a simple veil to the back that she wore for the shower.
IMG_6395Location:  We rented the dance studio at her local recreation center, because she was a member- it was cheap!  We wanted somewhere that we could enjoy our main activity- Line Dancing!  We set up in the dance studio so we didn’t have to change locations.

Menu:  Keeping with our theme, we decided on BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Strawberry Spinach Salad, and Strawberry Lemonade.We also did red velvet cupcakes because they are the Bride-to-Be’s favorite!  To make the cupcakes really shine, we topped them with molded pink chocolate stars and fancy cupcake wrappers!  Our Lemonade just had fresh strawberries in a fancy cup and they could choose Minutemaid Lemonade or Simply Lemonade.

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Decor:  I made a simple banner out of hearts (cut from a cricut) in the shower colors of pink and brown and simply sewed them together on the sewing machine.  We used Burlap and lace with touches of pink gingham.  We used chalkboard signs to label everything which captured the country feel.  We used our favors as our centerpieces so it was super simple to decorate.
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Activities:  We played the “He Said, She Said” game with darling cardstock lips and cowboy mustaches that were attached to a bamboo skewer! This was the best game we had ever played at a bridal shower, and everyone loved getting to know the bride and groom as a couple!   It was super fun!  We also learned a country line dance that was really fun for all!  We learned the line dance from the Movie “Footloose” to Big and Rich’s “Fake ID”.  This part turned out to be a lot of fun even for those who claimed they couldn’t dance!  The bride said she would have to add the song to their wedding playlist so we could kick up our heels at her wedding.
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Line Dancing
Favors:  We made the darling “Cowgirl Cookies” from www.bakerella.com.  She has the recipe and the free printable on her website- so it made it super easy!  I used pink gingham for the top and tied it with simple jute rope.  I also did a super easy sugar hand scrub in pink for them to take home.  (One bottle Olay Hand Renewal dishsoap and 6 cups of sugar whipped together in a mixer)
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1920’s Poker Themed Bachelorette Party

Next week I’m going to do a series of Mother’s Day posts so we won’t have a Wedding Wednesday – so this is your lucky week with 2 wedding related posts!

I love a bachelorette party because usually the guest list is smaller and you can plan fun activities. At a bridal shower you’ve got all of your relatives there and they tend to be pretty subdued. So, even though we (our family are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – commonly known as Mormons) don’t drink alcohol, don’t go to male review clubs and don’t gamble with actual money – that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a REALLY fun night with your girlfriends! It’s a great break, for the bride especially, to get away from the stress of planning the wedding. My creative niece Alix recently hosted a 1920’s poker themed bachelorette party for her friend and I want to share the super cute details with you. You can also read her first hand account here.

Poker Night Bachelorette Party

I LOVE that they named it The Dirty Mug and the strung lights to give it a back alley touch.

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Each guest had a cute place card holder with a photo from the prohibition era – so creative!

Poker Night Bachelorette Party

Of course they had poker snacks – including pearl sixlets, bubble gum cigars (found at PartyLand) and chex mix.

Poker Night Bachelorette Party

 

Guests dressed up in 1920’s era clothes to add to the fun! (I want to be in this group of friends, I LOVE dressing up!)

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My nieces dapper husband played bartender serving the girls mocktails (alcohol free cocktails) and then sat in as the dealer for poker.

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Its a simple party to throw together but a night they will always remember! Pick up some cards, a few snacks and drinks and plan your own poker night! (I would have to play Old Maid and Uno since I have no idea how to play poker) 🙂

Wedding Wednesday: Childrens Room at the Reception

 

Kids at a wedding

(this is the Roskelley clan squinting in the sun at my wedding 5 1/2 years ago – my parents, eight siblings, their spouses and children – we’ve added more since then)

I have over 40 nieces and nephews and even though they took up nearly 1/2 of our very limited guest list for our wedding reception, I wasn’t budging on having them invited – they are my favorite people!! If you are like me, you want the little ones in your family included in your biggest day but also know that the festivities will last A LOT longer than their little attention spans. Some of the smartest people I know have included a children’s room at their reception.

I volunteered to be in with the kids at the wedding reception of my good friends sister so her family could enjoy the reception activities, but the children could eat pizza, watch a movie and play with lots of toys (it was held at an LDS church were the nursery room already has LOTS of toys). I had a blast and the kids were nearby for photo’s and went in and out of the reception area as they pleased, but they also had their own space to act crazy and have a good time.

Luckily, reception centers in Utah County are catching on. My nephew had his wedding reception at the Bella Vista reception center in Lindon, UT and they have a small room connected to the main reception room for kids. It was filled with comfy bean bags and they played kids movies during the reception – super smart!

Are there other reception centers in the area that you know have a kid friendly plan in place?

Wedding Wednesday: Pink & Gray Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower

My sisters and I worked together to throw a brunch bridal shower for my beautiful niece, Alix. I had a lot of fun creating the decorations. Bridal Showers can be an expensive event to host, but if you plan it right and have a few people sharing the load, you can still have a really elegant event without breaking the bank.

I started by spraying gray cardstock and paper doilies with silver glitter spray. Then I used them to turn into the garlands. I used a Silhouette machine to cut out the heart shapes and sewed them together to make several garlands. Then I used them along with cardstock letters to create a “True Love” garland. I was going to spell out their names, but realized that if I kept it generic I could let others borrow it for their own bridal showers – AND – it could be used at Valentines Day for my decorations. 🙂 Smart thinking, right?

Doily Garland & Heart Garlands

This photo shows the sparkle a little better.

True Love Garland Favor Center

For the favors I purchased pink tulle circles in the wedding section at Hobby Lobby and filled them with butter mints. I printed the sign and framed it, adding a few hearts to the photo mat.

Bridal Shower favors

Over the food on the kitchen island, I hung strands of the heart garland, glitter sprayed doilies and pink and gray metallic tissue paper pom poms.

bridal shower decor You know how it goes, when you are getting things ready you don’t always get photos after the party starts – so this is the only one I had of the drinks – before they were filled. We served water with lemon and orange juice. The containers were simply accented with a glittered doily and a drink label.

Drink Center

Guests were invited to build their own parfait with the choice of raspberry or vanilla yogurt, homemade granola and frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries).

Yogurt Parfaits

We also served delicious Shirley’s sweet rolls in Orange, Cinnamon and Raspberry. I think I ate at least 3. They are so incredible! Then to round out the menu a honey baked spiral ham (not pictured) was kept warm in a crock pot for guests as well.

Bridal Shower sweet rolls with bride and groom picks

We kept the activities simple, but since this was her only shower there were friends as well as both sides of the family and the games helped bring everyone together. As described in this post, we played the Mustaches & Lips game as well as the Connect 4 game while she opened gifts.

Mustache & Lips Game

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