Post # 1
I’ve been thinking lately about having a post-wedding breakfast the morning after the wedding. I like the idea of having a second chance to chat with our friends and family who traveled so far to share our special day (most of our guests are traveling for our wedding). I’d like it to be a very laid back “event” where people can just come and go as they please. You know…nothing too structured or organized.
We’re getting married out of town, so unfortunately we don’t have a home where we can host this event. And, our budget has gotten pretty tight, so I can’t plan anything too elaborate. I’m looking into reserving a conference room at the hotel where we reserved our room block and working w/ the hotel to provide a pretty simple spread (breakfast tacos, pastries, muffins, fruit, coffee, tea, and juice).
I’m wondering, did you do a post-wedding breakfast/brunch? If so, what was yours like, and what time did it start? How did you let your guests know about it (separate invitation, word of mouth, etc.)? Finally, did you invite all of your wedding guests to the breakfast or only some of them?
Post # 3
We’re still working on this one, but our plan is to invite all of our guests. We are having a semi-destination wedding, where 99% of our guests will be staying at the hotel the night of the wedding. Therefore, on our reply card, we are asking how many are coming, their meal choice, and whether they will be attending our morning after brunch. We assume that some families will be leaving the next morning to catch their flights, so they won’t be able to make it.
We probably won’t specify the time on the reply card, but we’ll include it in our welcome packet in our out of town bag.
I am also planning on the fact that some of my guests (my age) who RSVP yes will be too hungover to make it! 🙂
I think we’ll probably have a 2 hour thing– open from 10 am to 12 pm for anyone who wants to join!
Post # 4
We are doing a brunch the next day at my fiance’s parents house, they are hosting it. They have done it with 2 other weddings for their sons and I believe they sent invitations with the rehearsal dinner invite since it was mainly out of town guests and the bridal party. Some close non out of town family attends as well. In the past it was around 11 and lasted a few hours. The last one they did had a taco maker and bloody mary bar 🙂
Post # 5
Yes, all guests invited. I loved being able to see everyone the next day and not having to say goodbye to everyone at the actual reception! we got it pretty cheap and it really finished off the weekend nicely for us 🙂
Post # 6
BeachBrideT, I know what you mean! I hate to admit it, but I rarely make it to the morning after brunches. At least the couples can be sure I had a great time the night of their wedding!
Post # 7
I’m thinking of this morning after breakfast too! It just all depends on if I can find a flight that will work out so we don’t have to leave till 2pm. So far no luck! I just want to meet a restaurant somewhere. Unfortunately, our place isn’t really big enough to host it. I’m only inviting my family, and out of town guests.
Post # 8
Yes, we did a day after brunch and everyone was invited. I had a Destination Wedding, so we put the invitation to the day after brunch in with the welcome letter of the Out of Town bags. We had it on the rooftop patio of the condo we and 80% of our guests were staying at, and I had Darling Husband pick up food from Costco the day of the wedding since it took him all of 15 minutes to get ready.
Post # 9
We did one very similar to what you are talking about for my sister’s and it was perfect. People who stayed at the hotel just stopped by if they wanted and chatted about the previous evening. Very laid back and nice. We had breakfast pastries, coffee and juice. We combined it with their gift opening. I will be doing something very similar for mine as well.
Post # 10
We had a post wedding brunch and I am so glad we did! Ours was hosted at my parents house (the only locals) as myself and my husband along with the guest all traveled to get there. My parents had an open house style with a spread of fruits, pinwheels, veggies, little petit fours. I barely ate because I was so busy mingling with the guest, it was so nice to talk to them on a leisurely basis without the stress of the wedding day!
We sent invites to everyone a week after we sent out invitations. It was just a very simple postcard so postage was cheap! It also has information on the Dessert Party on Friday night that we hosted for Out of Town guest.
If you can splurge on the budget I would say do it! You will find that your wedding day passes much too quickly and you will enjoy the extra time you get to spend with your guest!
Post # 11
My Fiance parents are hosting a brunch the next day and we are also combining it with the opening of gifts. We’re not inviting everybody though…… just out of town friends and most of our families. I’m looking forward to it!
Post # 12
We’re doing a day-after brunch as well. We’re advertising it on our wedding website, and will include information about it in our Out of Town bags (it’s a DW).
Does anyone have any idea about how to estimate (guesstimate?) how much food/coffee to get?
To be honest, I have a bridesmaid who has been a little overbearing from the beginning of our engagement, so I put her in charge of planning this (in order to focus her energy a bit). I hope it all works out! hahaha :o)
Post # 13
yep, we plan on having a day after brunch with both of our parents, siblings and grandparents
Post # 14
we did ! it was great. Our wedding was pretty much a destinatino so we invited everyone to come (our wedding was small to start with, about 50-60 people) We were so fortunate that my new in laws hosted the breakfast at a local cafe. We worked with the cafe to do a menu just for us offering 3 different breakfast meals to choose from.
It was so nice to have a little chat with everyone and get all the scoop from the night before. Plus I got to wear my snazzy new "Just married" tee 🙂
Post # 15
I had a morning after brunch type thing that went from 8:30 to 10:30 with guests coming and going as the pleased.
All my guests stayed onsite for the wedding and the brunch was part of the package- the guests paid for it themselves as part of their accomodations.
When we sent out invites out we included a schedule of events and put the brunch on there. We included that schedule on our website, and in the welcome letter.
Post # 16
I really want to do this, but the question of where to have it is the big thing. I have a few friends who have offered to host it in their homes so now it’s just something we have to decide if we want to get up in the morning and do it. I love the idea of being able to spend a more relaxed time with the people who are the closest to us.