Friday, May 10, 2013

Let the Festivities Continue: How to Plan a Post-Wedding Brunch

Your wedding day is over, and after all that planning, you wish that the celebration could continue! If you are not leaving for your honeymoon right away, hosting a breakfast or brunch the morning after the wedding is a great, relaxed way to spend more time with family and friends basking in your big moment. Here are a few tips on how to plan a casual post-wedding breakfast or brunch.

Destination Decision 
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.

 Bon appetit!

*Mohy Ali-Fehmy contributed to this article.

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