Brunch Reception — what to do after?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2238 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

aape :  I’m also doing a Sunday brunch wedding. I intended for the brunch to be the closer. We’re doing a destination Ceremony in Banff with about a dozen friends. 

We’re actually planning to do the “reception” the night before and have the brunch as the wrap up. That might not be practical in your situation, but we want people to be able to catch a plane if they want to get home that day. 

I think most people expect a more compact experience for a Sunday wedding, so you may not need anything more than you’ve already planned. 

If you come up with something, let me know 😉


Post # 3
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I’m planning a Sunday afternoon wedding, mine will be more around lunchtime and end at six. It’s still a little too early to plan exact details for us, but my fiance and I have talked about being excited to go have some downtime and a late dinner together alone after our reception ends and then meeting up casually with our bridal party and other friends at our favorite bar in town later on. I think if you really want to make sure you have a specific place to yourself, booking a room somewhere would make sense once you get an idea of how many people might be coming. I’d put out feelers and ask around to the people who you’d want there if they’d be interested. If it’ll only be a handful or so, then you could probably just show up anywhere without a booking or reservation and it would be fine! 

Post # 4
3884 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Why not just anounce your exit and everyone will stand to cheer you out or whatever, and that’s the end? Allow another half hour for mingling but once you’re gone people will start to head home. You don’t have to organise another event.

Post # 5
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We officially ended the festivities with a canoe ride during the golden hour! My husband and I went out for a private dinner afterwards, but my understanding is that many people continued to stay and have drinks/party/socialize after we left…. That said, we also had full reign of the venue for the rest of that night and the next day. It was a summer camp we’d rented for the weekend, and many of our guests opted to stay in the bunkhouses for free. 

After dinner, we came back and had a bonfire with some friends, but we were so tired that we were asleep by 10 p.m. I think. 

Post # 6
9041 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

aape :  As a guest I would be heading home at the end of the reception. Think about it this way in order to go to 10:30am ceremony that is 45mins away the timeline would be

9:15am -leave for wedding

10am- arrive at wedding/mingle

10:30-4pm – your wedding

4-5pm – drive home

That is an 8 hr day for guests and that isn’t including getting ready.

It will be an even longer day for you and your bridal party. Don’t underestimate how tiring it will be for you guys either.

Post # 7
395 posts
Helper bee

I don’t think you have to do anything. I suppose you could have some garden games or a dance, or have some entertainment or a fun challenge baseball or volleyball game depending what you are into – but really it is heading towards dinner so unless you want to spend more money – party is over and honeymoon begins:)

Post # 8
2855 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’d do a big send off. Think like the end of Cinderella. You announce you’re leaving, run through an arch of arms into your (open topped car) everyone waving and you waving back at them as you drive off. 

Job done, wedding over. You can then go to a posh hotel get into your dressing gowns, order room service and toast the day 

Post # 9
4121 posts
Honey bee

aape :  I don’t think many people will wanna stay. 10am to 4pm is a whole day itself already taking into consideration the early start time. Plus you have to get ready super early too. Yeah, just do the send off and consider it done. I like the idea of you and your husband going alone to dinner together. And just like pp said, unless you wanna spend more $$$, you can host a small dinner for those willing to stay behind til end the evening.

Post # 10
6766 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I love brunch! As a guest I wouldn’t be expecting anything additional and would be content with heading home to prepare for my week. As a bride I would be ready to relax and have a private evening with my new husband. 

Post # 11
9198 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i think 10:30 to 4 is plenty of time, you don’t need to do anything else.

plus an hour drive each way, that’s 9:30 to 5 for most people.  they will want to go home.


Post # 12
1556 posts
Bumble bee

I wouldn’t plan anything after. It’s a long enough event and I imagine most people will want to go home and relax, and prepare for the working week. Plan a nice relaxing dinner with just you and your new hubby instead! Candles, bubble bath …. Etc 🙂 

Post # 13
1361 posts
Bumble bee

No need for an after party. We did a send off and I think the guests left shortly after. We then went to our hotel, took a nap, and went out to dinner just the two of us.

Your guests will most likely not want to do an after party anyways. They will have been at your reception for the whole day already. When I’m a guest at a wedding, I’m maxed out after 5 hours tops.

Post # 14
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

My timing is the same as yours. My plan is to leave and go to our hotel room and tell everyone to have a nice day.

Post # 15
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Our reception ended around 5 and we traveled to our resort a couple hours away and then had some time to ourselves. I personally couldn’t imagine not having any personal time with my husband on my wedding night, and if we hadn’t drove 3 hours that night we would have went somewhere nice to eat. It’s nice to have some time to relax, kind of talk about the day together, and just be with each other. That’s the nice thing about brunch/lunch receptions, you get a whole night alone with your hubby!

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