How to wrap up a brunch reception?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’ve not been to a brunch wedding, but my thoughts on this would be a) get the word around of the approximate time you plan on wrapping things up so that people know to plan something else and b) do make an exit before everyone else has left – otherwise you may find people hang around for as long as you do and you have to push them out when your time is up. 

Post # 5
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@LibrarianBride:  We are having an afternoon wedding too, and most of our guests will be travelling very far (8+ hour drive or a 4 hour flight). Towards the end will be cake, bouquet and garter toss and then our exit. We will go and take pictures for a few hours, relax and then meet up again for an after party for those interested in partying. 

Post # 6
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Are you having music? A last dance is a good clue. Our ceremony was at 10 am and our reception ended at 3:30. People loved it, we loved it, and, honestly, not many people stayed until the very end. We did have a dj.

Post # 8
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@LibrarianBride:  I was going to suggest an “after party” like a PP did. You could tell everyone to meet you at whatever bar or host a BBQ at your house. I know some people do dinners before the wedding (rehersals) or the morning after the wedding for this reason.

Post # 9
715 posts
Busy bee

@LibrarianBride:  i have never been to a brunch reception, but it sounds like fun. the thing i would appreciate as a guest is, if you gave me a timeframe… so that i know how much of the day i will have “left” (so i can plan further activities accordingly) 

like will your reception take place from 9 to 11.30? or more like 10.30 to 3pm? 

Post # 11
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Try doing a toast at the end of the brunch.  Thank all for coming, say how much fun you had, and offer them to take a favor/memento with them when they leave.  Guests will catch the hint in a totally nice way.

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