Post # 32
We also had a Mornign After Brunch. We didn’t host ours either. It was great though, because we got to spend time with the guests that showed up. It was mostly the out of towners. Hubby got to meet quite a few of my Out of Town relatives up close and personal.
We had to get up earlier than we’d liked anc check out of the hotel. But it was all worth it. We ended up sleeping for like 2 days straught anyway. 🙂
Post # 33
My mom hosted one @ her house for my sister & wants to host one for us as well, the problem being that my sister’s wedding was local to my parents house, and our is not (about 2 hours away).
Also, I will likely still be sleeping, or hung over on a remote island come noon the sunday after our wedding, and I don’t particularly think I’ll feel like kiboshing our relaxation time by heading 2hours west to open gifts in front of people.
If YOU want to do one, and the cost isn’t too restrictive for you then go ahead and have one. However, if you really aren’t keen on it/don’t feel comfortable spending the extra then I wouldn’t.
Post # 34
we chose not to since we had a Sunday wedding. Also people from out of town often have to leave early the next day and can’t make an 11am brunch. I’ve had to miss a few b/c of this! I say perhaps do it just for immediate family something more low key – like everyone meet at x place but its not a hosted thing.
Post # 35
We are doing one. This is one thing I really wanted to do. We are going to have so many guests, I wanted to have a time to get together with our immediate family and enjoy some time together. We are doing it at the hotel that FH and I will be staying at since I also want it to require as little of me as possible. 🙂
Post # 36
We’re having a breakfast for everyone the next morning at the hotel where we’re all staying. Our wedding is small…just family, about 30 folks including ourselves and our two kids, and the people at the breakfast will be the same people at the wedding the night before! But we love breakfast, and we love our family, and we wanted the festivities to continue as long as possible, and we’re all going to be at that hotel…so it seemed like a no-brainer! That being said, it’s a bit of a swanky hotel so breakfast for 30 is coming out to about $1500 (more if I spring for the pancake station, which I might do…I love pancakes! 🙂 ), but it’s worth it to us. We’re bringing the centerpieces from the reception back to hotel to use on the breakfast tables, the hotel will put the ceremony flowers in the room as well (our ceremony will be at this hotel the day before), and believe it or not they cut me a deal on the price of the breakfast buffet so it’s less than the regular price. That was good enough for me!
Post # 37
I loved ours! It was great to have some extra time to spend with our friends and family (especially those from far away that you don’t get to see that often). It was so relaxing and low-key and I definitely am glad we did it.
ETA: We also opened all of our gifts at the brunch. I loved being able to thank those people in person for their gifts (in addition to the thank you note they got later).
Post # 38
Our hotel has a free full breakfast, so I’m thinking of just asking Out of Town guests who are still around to meet for breakfast downstairs on Sunday morning. It wouldn’t be a very fancy option, but it also would not cost us anything and it would give us a chance to see some of our guests one last time before everyone heads out.
Post # 39
It is definitely worth it if you have a number of Out of Town guests. My cousin hosted mine, but we would have done something if that had not been the case. At that point, I had spent so much money that another $600 wasn’t going to finish me off.
Post # 40
We’re planning on one, hopefully in the $600-$800 range. Something simple in a room at a local cafe, with a small menu for guests to choose from – pastries, quiche, pancakes and eggs, etc. with juices and coffee.
Post # 41
I voted no because when we went to a wedding we were sooooo tired and a bit hungover from the night before that there was no way we could possibly get up and mingle again…However if your having a totally laid back early wedding this would be a good idea
Post # 42
We did it at the hotel and it was great. It was a good way to spend casual time with people before they had to fly home and before we left for our honeymoon. It was also a nice time to thank our family for their help leading up tot he wedding. We invited everyone staying at the hotel (per email) as well as my in town family and had about 20 people. Doing it at the hotel was nice because they gave us private room with buffet access and charged us the standard buffet price which was, I think $15.