Post # 1
We are hosting a late brunch on Sunday after our Saturday wedding, and the majority of guests are coming (yay!) I am very excited as it’ll be nice to spend more time with friends and family, most of whom are traveling, in a more casual setting.
Our wedding reception will include an open bar all night (including cocktail reception, through dinner and dancing). The brunch is a buffet, with coffee and tea included in the price. We will host non-alcoholic beverages (juice, pop and milk) for sure, but aren’t sure if we should also host alcoholic drinks (mimosas, caesar’s/bloody mary’s, etc.)? I’m on the fence.
On the ‘pro-hosting’ side, I kind of feel ike it would "look bad" if we made guests pay for anything. I would like to avoid the awkwardness of guests having to bring out their own cash for drinks, or not being able to have a drink because they didn’t bring cash. I don’t think THAT many people will actually want alcohol (a lot of them will be driving one hour to the airport after brunch), but you know, if you get wind that it’s free, you’re more likely to order a drink or two. Brunch is from 11-1, so some might consider it more as lunch, which might make a cocktail or glass of wine more attractive.
Of course, the biggest con is that our costs will go up substantially in terms of drinks, though in the grand scheme of things, probably not that much. We honestly have the budget for it, but of course if we can save money we’d like to.
Any thoughts? (Wow, this turned out to be much longer than I had intended! Sorry!)
Post # 3
we’re having champagne and bloody marys, but most of it is leftover from the night before (we’re bringing in our own alcohol). i definitely don’t think alcohol at 10 in the morning is expected and/or necessary though!
Post # 4
I would say that it would be absolutely alright for you to not serve alcohol at the brunch. People will understand, especially since at the wedding reception the night before they already had the open bar. To me, I feel like a morning after brunch is more about relaxation and chatting about the night before anyways. Don’t feel obligated, I’m sure the guests will be thrilled that there is even an acitivty happening after the wedding anyways.
Post # 5
If you want to provide a little something, maybe provide only mimosas? You could do that fairly inexpensively – just the OJ and a few bottles of champagne – it can be the cheap stuff, since you’re mixing it anyway. Usually people will have a mimosa while waiting for breakfast, and at most one more. You can just have the champagne bottle and a pitcher of OJ on the table, pour-your-own. I think its also fine not to provide alcohol.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t automatically expect that alcohol was being served at a Sunday brunch event, and wouldn’t be offended if that were the case. I think most of my guests would agree.
The fact that you’re hosting a brunch at all is very generous, and I think people would be excited to see you post-wedding and have the chance to actually talk to you a little more than during the wedding. So have fun!
Post # 7
Thanks for the comments so far, everyone. Just a note, the brunch will take place in a restaurant (they’re giving us their top floor), so we can’t provide any thing ourselves.