Don’t Want The Party To End?
If you fancy catching up with your guests again the following day, then a post-wedding brunch could be for you.
A post-wedding brunch is certainly not compulsory, but it can be a great way to extend your wedding celebrations by catching up with some, or all of your guests the following day. As with all things wedding-related, hosting a post-wedding brunch requires planning and etiquette.
What Is A Post-Wedding Brunch?
A post-wedding brunch typically happens late in the morning following your wedding day. If you’d prefer to host a breakfast instead, that’s fine, but bear in mind that some of your guests may need some time to recover from a late night. An Essex barn weddings coordinator explains that this is why brunch is often more appealing.
Brunch might take place at your choice of venue if you’ve hired it for the entire weekend, or if some of the wedding party have stayed there overnight. Alternatively, it might be hosted at your parents’ or in-laws’ home.
Who Should You Invite To Brunch?
This is an entirely personal choice, but you’ll need to be careful that you don’t put any noses out of joint. If you have the budget to accommodate your entire guest list, then this is perhaps the easiest thing to do, but it’s in no way necessary. Your guests should be perfectly satisfied with the amount of wining and dining they’ve done the day before without expecting anything extra.
You may wish to throw a much more intimate brunch with immediate family members, bridesmaids, ushers and best man. But be aware that if you are going smaller with your guest list, then it’s important not to advertise this. It would be best not to include details of this on your wedding website for example. Formal invitations shouldn’t be necessary – you could of course slip an extra card with your wedding invitations or just ask someone in person.
Who Should Pay For Brunch?
As post-wedding brunches are not an essential or traditional part of the wedding celebrations, it’s really up to whoever wants to host the brunch to pay for it. If your parents or in-laws are determined that this event should go ahead, then they should also be happy to foot the bill.
Don’t Be Offended
If not all of your invitees are able to make it to your brunch, then don’t be offended. Remember that they were there for the main celebrations the day before. Some of your guests may have travelled from far and wide to be a part of your special day, and they could have a long journey ahead of them as they return home. If they have a train to catch or want to beat the motorway traffic, then this is completely reasonable.
Sit Back and Relax
If you do choose to go ahead with a post-wedding brunch, this is your chance to truly unwind. You may not have had chance to speak at length with many of your guests the day before, so this is a fab opportunity to catch up and enjoy stories of all the fun that was had. It can also be a chance to bid a fond farewell to some friends or family members who you may not see again for a while.
So long as you plan your post-wedding brunch with care, it can be a fantastic extension to your main celebrations.