@PinkBubbles: We held a brunch the day after the wedding. It also happened to be my mother’s birthday so it was a nice way to honor her while family was still in town.
Yes, we thought, and still think, it was a good idea because it allowed us all more time together with close family. It was tough for me to get around to talk with everyone during the wedding, so this was precious time to chat with my aunts and uncles more one on one and enjoy their company and share my life with them.
We invited immediate family, and aunts and uncles who traveled across the country.
It was held in a restaurant central to everyone where they were staying and with good parking so it was easy to get to for everyone. The restaurant was very accommodating. They offered and allowed us to arrive a half hour before they normally open so we’d all have some quiet time together before their usual brunch crowd arrived, though it was pleasant even when the public was there. The restaurant asked what our wedding colors were and put out some flowers and linen in our colors, not seeing it as a fuss at all. So very generous.
They asked us to choose items from their large menu to narrow down choices for our party, so we made sure there was a good choice of egg omletes with veggies or meats, fruit, breads, and juices, specialty coffee, and mimosas. They even made a special menu item for my stepson who requires a gluten-free diet. I tried to post a copy of the menu here for you but it is a .pdf file. I can e-mail it to you if you like but you get the idea.
I’d say it lasted about 3 hrs. by the time we all ate and chatted and celebrated together.
I can’t recall the cost as it was my father’s gift, but I remember him saying it was reasonable. We really lucked out with this place being so kind and having such great food and service. It was as though they were so happy we chose their restaurant for our party.
Yes people loved it. I think it helped make it easy on our guests that they didn’t have to look for a nice place to eat the next day — we’d already had it covered for them. Our wedding ended early enough as not to keep any of our guests too tired for the next day and we kept the brunch attire and atmosphere casual. I hope this is all helpful to you! Here’s a couple photos:
Here’s my mom with a special birthday dessert, and one of my stepson’s looking on: