First, decide on the location for the brunch. Generally, the brunch venue should be convenient for out-of-town guests. Often a willing friend or family member’s home is a welcoming yet inexpensive way to host guests. Alternatively, if you reserved a block of rooms at a hotel, you could arrange to host the brunch in a hotel ballroom, a hospitality hotel room, or the hotel restaurant. Keep in mind that the brunch can be informal. So, if the hotel has a complimentary breakfast, there is no reason why you can’t make that your post-wedding brunch. Simply indicate in the wedding weekend itinerary a time range for guests to stop by when the newlyweds and families will be in the hotel’s breakfast area.
You need not invite every wedding guest. The brunch is usually reserved for the wedding party, family, and out-of-town guests. You can keep it simple and inform the invited guests of the brunch via a wedding weekend itinerary in the hospitality bags or a small memo card along with your wedding invitations.
A casual brunch calls for a casual menu. A continental buffet is entirely appropriate. But add any favorite dishes or local specialties that represent you and your spouse.
*Mohy Ali-Fehmy contributed to this article.