(Closed) Morning-After Brunch

posted 5 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@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:

 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did a morning after brunch with the wedding party, and our close relatives only.   Most we don’t see much and came from out of town so it was nice to meet with them all once more before they left.

we chose a great brunch spot near the hotel and there was about 22 of us.   It was a fun time being able to catch up a bit without the chaos from the wedding day.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re doing one! We’re having a backyard tented wedding so we’re doing the brunch under the same tent using the same tables and chairs. I don’t like opening presents in front of people so I don’t think we’ll be doing that. But we’re having a lot  of people so I’m looking forward to some extra time to visit with everyone. We’ll keep the food simple since we’re providing it. Right now we’re planning muffins, pastries, bagels, cream cheese, jams, cereal, milk, OJ, coffee. We may get ambitious and try some easy hot food that could be made in bulk – scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits (frozen or canned) and gravy, oatmeal. And if we have the budget I would love to have mimosas and bloody marys! I’m not sure about times yet. Probably say 9-11. But the nice thing of doing it in the backyard is that we can just hang out as long as we want.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We did a morning after brunch at my mom’s house for family members. My mom’s friends actually made the food, so it didn’t cost anything. It lasted a couple hours, but we stayed until we went to the airport. 

I’m so glad we did it! It was great to be able to see everyone one last time before we left. It was probably one of my favorite parts of the whole wedding weekend. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Our morning-after brunch is on Mother’s Day! So we’re having one for our parents/granparents, and are paying for them.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We are having one for everyone who is staying overnight at the hotel. But the bruch is free for all hotel guests, so it isn’t costing us anything. It will just be fun to see all of our Out of Town guests before we leave for the honeymoon!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@PinkBubbles:  yes we’re doing this. It will be for 2.5 hours and for about 100 people (pretty huge but it’s hard not to invite all the out of town guests). We’re hosting at the hotel where the wedding is at.  I’ve also been to ones at houses where people have catering brought in and there’s always lots of people enjoying it the next day. It’s a nice way to spend time with people again in a more relaxed, laid-back environment.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@PinkBubbles:  yes and now. we will all be at the same hotel, and there is breakfast included with our room rate, e will have the gift opening in a room close by the creakfast area, so those that will be there wille at and celebrate with us.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

We’re not going to. We’re leaving for our honeymoon the morning after. I’m going to make us breakfast and then we’re going to head out. 🙂 We would probably do it after we got back.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My FI’s parents are hosting a next-day brunch in the conference center at one of the hotels in our wedding block.  We are inviting pretty much everyone by word of mouth, in the welcome newsletter in the welcome bags, and on our wedding website.  We will be having a continental breakfast spread, with an omelette/egg station, pancake bar, and mimosa & bloody mary bar.  It’s super-generous of FI’s parents!!  Our brunch will be from 9:30 – 11:30am (Checkout is at noon). 

Almost all the wedding I’ve been to have had a next-day brunch:

– The breakfast area of the hotel where the hotel had a free breakfast buffet.  They said ‘Come join the newlyweds as they have breakfast in the lobby’ 

– The MOB hosted a ‘bagels & bloodys’ brunch at her house which was close to the venue. 

– Sit-down breakfast in the hotel where the reception was (Brides parents paid)

– Breakfast buffet at a nearby restaurant (grooms parents paid)

– Join the newlyweds for brunch at XYZ restaurant (we paid our own way)

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@PinkBubbles:  That is a good idea. I actually don’t know if we can ever attend ours! I forgot that we are flying out the next day for our honeymoon. We haven’t booked our flights yet, so I don’t know what time that will be!

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