(Closed) Day after brunch?

posted 5 years ago in Parties
  • poll: How should we do our day after brunch
    Do it under the tent and get the food ourselves : (13 votes)
    62 %
    Just tell people we'll be at Cracker Barrel at a certain time but don't "host" : (2 votes)
    10 %
    Just tell people we'll be at the hotel breakfast at a certain time : (4 votes)
    19 %
    Try to bring some supplemental breakfast to the adjacent room at the hotel : (2 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    13014 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We are doing the same thing.  We have a large community room in our apartment complex that we reserved for the brunch and are just having a drop-in period between certain hours.

    I don’t think it’s right to “invite” guests to a restaurant for a brunch and then not pay for them.  As a guest, I would think it was a hosted event, and get confused when it was time to pay.  If you go the hotel route, you may alienate some people not staying at the hotel (thus not being able to eat) or the hotel may actually keep track of who is a guest and who isn’t and not let everyone in the breakfast area (they’ve done this before at hotels I’ve been at, and hand you a bill if they catch non-guests eating).

    Finally, just using the room at the hotel might not be an option, because a lot of hotels will force you to use their food/chef, and that usually runs at a minium, $15 per person.  They’re trying to make money off of this too, so they probably won’t just give you the space to bring in outside food.

    I think your best bet is to either pay for the hotel to do it in the room they’re letting you use, or back at the site where the reception is, as long as it’s not inconvenient for everyone to get back there the next morning.  

    Post # 5
    989 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I like option #3.  No muss, no fuss.

    We did a morning-after brunch in a private room at the restaurant across the street from our hotel.  It was great to see everyone one last time before they left and the brunch is one of the things we get the most compliments on from the wedding, but while I wouldn’t change anything, it was honestly kind of a hassle to coordinate.  It would have been a lot easier if the hotel hosted a free breakfast where we could just meet people at a set time. 

    Post # 6
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I think if you want to host a brunch then you should really host it, which leaves 2 options. 1. Have it at your dad’s house with a lot of yummy breakfast food or 2. Have a private room at the hotel where the hotel sets up a nice breakfast that you pay for. 

    Post # 7
    1685 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I like the tent idea.

    You can arrange ahead of time to have certain thing catered or you can just put together the food yourself. 

    I’d include breads, bagels, muffins, butter, cream cheese, coffee, juice, tea, milk, cream, assorted mini cereal boxes, hard boiled eggs, and some fresh fruit.

    Add an egg casserole and some sausage or bacon.  I might even outsource these to local family members. 

    Any one that lingers gets to help with cleanup!

    I’d ask for an RSVP to breakfast though as a lot of people might just want to get on the road early and leave after the wedding.

    Post # 8
    1571 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think you should have it at your dad’s. Tents are a fortune, I remember from our engagement party. Get the most bang for your buck! I can totally imagine a beautiful brunch in a tent!
    Just a bit of advice, obviously you can take it or leave it, I would look into hiring a waitress (or waiter) for the brunch. Nobody is going to want to be cleaning the day after the wedding! You can hire one for a few hours, and she (he) will leave everything spotless!

    Post # 10
    3340 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    Option #1.  Seems the easiest considering all your guests aren’t staying at one hotel and there’s no limits on time.

    Post # 11
    1571 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @JenGirl:  Exactly. Someone to make sure the food and coffee stay stocked, and things don’t get messy. At a home party, I feel like a waitress is always a good investment. They let you spend more time with your guests.

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