With all of the time and energy that goes into planning every last detail of your wedding day, it's completely understandable that you might want to plan something a little more relaxed for the morning after. The good news is that you've got options! Just be sure to include the details of your post-wedding gathering in the official wedding invitation, on your wedding website, or in your welcome bags. Here, three of our favorite ways to say goodbye to your guests.
Host a Casual Open House
Invite your close friends and family, as well as any out-of-town guests, to stop by your parents' house, a friend's backyard, or a space in the hotel for a come-and-go breakfast of assorted baked goods, fresh fruit salad, coffee, tea, and juice. If you decide to host this bash at home, there will be some prep involved, including all of the shopping, the set-up, and the clean-up. But if a close family member or friend is willing to open their home to guests and can help organize, then having a casual open house is a wonderfully relaxed and inviting option for a morning-after farewell. At a hotel, the venue's staff will take care of the details. Either way, keep the time open-ended and let guests know they're welcome to stop in for as little or as much time as they'd like.
Invite Guests to Drop by a Favorite Local Breakfast Spot
Is there a great local restaurant that whips up delicious breakfasts and is prepared for a busy morning rush? Reach out to see if the restaurant can set up a designated section for you for a couple of hours the morning after your wedding, and invite your guests to stop by before they head home. Even if the restaurant can't reserve a specific section of tables, so long as there's ample seating and relatively quick service, your guests will be seated without too much of a wait and you'll have a chance to say your goodbyes.
Host an Official Post-Wedding Brunch
Putting your morning-after affair in the very capable hands of a restaurant or hotel team takes all of the heavy lifting off of your shoulders, but it also means covering the costs, too. That being said, sometimes it's worth it, just to have a beautiful brunch event with your wedding party, close family and friends, and any out of town guests, where all you need to worry about is getting some extra zzz's and feeling relaxed and happy. Just remember, this type of formal, sit-down meal often requires RSVPs.