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Everything You Need to Know About the Post-Wedding Brunch

From who is responsible for planning it to the menu itself.

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Day-after brunches are still wildly popular, especially if you have a weekend-long wedding with many guests coming from afar. The brunch gives you and the groom another opportunity to chat with people you may not see that often or didn't have a ton of time to connect with at the reception. If you're thinking of having a post-wedding brunch, check out the most common questions, starting with who hosts.

 

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Who plans the brunch?

The short answer: Anyone who volunteers. If you're willing to let someone else take the reins, consider it one less event you have to plan. The hosts or hostesses can be parents or any other friends or relatives who you're inviting to the wedding, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, or close family friends. 

 

Do you have to send separate invitations?

Yes, but do it as a printed insert you send with your wedding invitations. Or send a digital invite through a website like Evite or Paperless Posts.

 

Where should it be held?

Someplace convenient and comfortable for guests, like in the restaurant at the hotel where most of the out-of-town guests are staying. If a family friend is throwing it, he or she may like to have it at his or her home if it can accommodate the guest list.

 

Do we have to invite every wedding guest?

Definitely not. In fact, the attendees are often part of an exclusive group—the wedding party, the bride's and groom's parents and grandparents, and out-of-town guests.

 

What time should we tell guests to get there?

Brunch typically runs anywhere from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M, but you may want to do an abbreviated version and let guests come from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. or 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

 

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What should we serve?

Keep it light. No one will want a heavy meal after partying all night. Go classic with eggs, waffles, muffins, yogurt, fruit salad, and cupcakes.

 

Okay, keep the food light. But what about having an open bar?

Even your most die-hard party pals would look the other way if confronted with another mixed drink. And remember, for most people, it's still pretty early in the day for boozing. So don't do an open bar. That's not to say you should serve juice packs. Just keep the alcoholic beverages as light as the food—white wine, Mimosas, the classic brunch drink Bloody Mary—and juices, iced tea, lemonade, soda, and water.

 

What should I do about seating?

Do you really want to tackle another seating chart? No, don't think about doing another one. Just be sure to have enough tables and chairs and let everyone decide where to sit on their own. It'll give people a chance to socialize with whomever they want.

 

Should we have a theme?

Other than "get your eggs and orange juice here?" Nah, no theme—that sounds like too much work and overthinking.

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About the Author

Nancy Mattia

Though Nancy has been writing about weddings for years, she admits that watching a bride walk down the aisle—even on TV—still makes her tear up. The New York-area writer's other favorite wedding moments are when the groom sees the bride for the first time, hearing the toasts, and when she sees a waiter with a tray full of hors d'oeuvres walking towards her. 

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