Post # 1
The morning after my daughter’s wedding, we are going to host a breakfast. My original plan was to take everyone somewhere cute and trendy for brunch, but all the places like that in our town don’t open until 11. My other option would be to take them somewhere like Cracker Barrel or O’Charley’s which aren’t “special” for a wedding, but they open earlier. I am trying to be mindful that some folks have a long drive in front of them and might prefer to go to breakfast earlier. Did any of you host a breakfast the morning after? If so, where and what time? The bride and groom will already be on their honeymoon, so I don’t have to worry about their schedule, but I do have some folks with a long drive home.
Post # 2
Two weeks ago we attended a morning after the wedding breakfast at a restaurant that didn’t usually open to the public until 11 but opened at 10 for a private event. Are you inviting enough people for this to be an option? Smaller restaurants may actually prefer to do it this way so they may also serve their regular clientele in a timely manner.
Post # 3
Are you sure people want to get up early for breakfast? People usually stay up late for weddings and I think many/most would prefer brunch to an early morning breakfast, especially the bride and groom. I’d go with the trendy places at 11 personally.
Post # 4
Maybe ask the guests who would be in attendance what their travel arrangements are – if many have to leave on the early side/would like to hit the road sooner rather than later, then look into places that may be able to accomodate you earlier than 11. But if nobody seems in a rush, then go with trendy places at 11!
Post # 5
My parents did this for our wedding. They hosted a morning after brunch for all the out of town guests at their home the day after the weedding. It was fully catered. We did it as an “open house” type of thing, I think the hours were 10-1. That way people could just pop in whenever they wanted and grab a bite before hitting the road/catching their flight. It was lovely.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom
I have a friend whose parents did this! They actually hosted it at the hotel where most of the Out of Town guests were staying, and it was a fully catered breakfast buffet. It was really nice and a great way for people to socialize before heading back home.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
I would prefer not to be up early since I’m not much of a morning person and definitely not after a long day or night. Love the idea of an open house type breakfast where people can choose to come anytime during specific hours if thats an option.
Post # 8
MrsGAM : My parents did the same thing. All of my husband’s family came in from out of state and most of them stayed at the hotel we had blocked. (I think there were one or 2 couples that stayed with family and not at the hotel). The hotel catered a breakfast at 10am in one of the private rooms so it was early but not too early as the vast majority had flights to catch that day. We didn’t attend but I was told by everyone that it was great!
Post # 9
we hosted breakfast at the hotel. we set the time for 8-10. Darling Husband and I are early risers despite, being out late. i think many people set it for 9-11.
at the hotel at least, people can come down whenever they want in that time frame.
Post # 10
As a guest I would for sure prefer to go to a trendy place at 11! Any earlier would be too early to be up and ready with a post-wedding hangover.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We did a brunch 9 – 12 and a LOT of people were there at 9 because they needed to hit the road. For all the young partiers, there are also plenty of older folks who don’t party at weddings and who get up early. I’d do the Cracker Barrel option.
Post # 12
I’m a morning person so I’d have already had breakfast by 11, especially on a hangover stomach: I need to eat right away. I agree with PP that the buffet style open house would be the best route.
Our wedding was in Colorado which was a destination for most of our guests and so we drove into the mountains to a pretty lake and had leftover cupcakes and snacks there for anyone who wanted a scenic drive and to come hang out. It worked out great! We spent most of the day there and we were able to spend some extra time with family and they had an easy plan for something that fit a Colorado trip.
Post # 13
My very favorite is having breakfast at someone’s house in the morning! A buffet-type come-and-go breakfast, catered if need be. Soooo cozy and homey and a really nice send-off! Where there isn’t quite room enough, I’ve even seen a tent set up for this. That’s what they do around where I live.
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
We had a continental breakast at the hotel where our room block was. It worked out very well especially since people came and go at whichever time worked for them. Darling Husband and I went down early and stayed down as all of the guests came and went.
Post # 15
I vote trendy place at 11! that’s when hotel checkouts are, so tends to be when people get on the road. If I were a guest, I would not attend a brunch at the cracker barrel but I would absolutely go to a nicer spot.
Also ditto calling the place to open early for a private party – 10 would really be the perfect time if you can