Planning the Postwedding Brunch

Breakfast in bed is nice, but a brunch with the wedding bunch can be blissful. Here are planning tips for your second meal as newlyweds.
Cereal and milk bar for postwedding brunch
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So the big night is over, and you're officially married. If you're not leaving for the honeymoon right away, a postwedding brunch is a great way to wind down the festivities. Newlyweds can enjoy a final opportunity to thank their guests and spend a little more time with loved ones. Here are some tips to get you started.

Who's Invited?

The brunch is usually for the couples' families and any wedding guests that are still in town, particularly those that traveled a great distance to get there who will especially appreciate being included. Feel free to also include attendants, friends, or even the family dog (depending on the location). Basically, anything goes. Of course, that depends on who's paying for it, which leads us to...

Who Pays?

Traditionally, the bride's parents pay, but it's a nice gesture (if you have the funds) to pay for it yourselves. Show off as gracious newlyweds by playing the perfect hosts!

Where Should We Have It?

Generally, the brunch should be held near the wedding location so that guests who traveled from out of town will not be inconvenienced. An historic firehouse? A landmark diner? A friend's backyard? Do you really love his parents' pad? Were you married in a hotel that has a restaurant or cozy lounge? Ask if you could hold the brunch there and see if they can arrange a special menu for the occasion.

Should We Send Invites?

Insert a card inside the wedding invitations of the guests you would like to attend the post-wedding fete. Or you can send out a separate mailing entirely -- it's really up to you. The cards can be as formal or as casual as the brunch itself. If very casual, invite your guests via telephone or email. You can also tailor the invitation to a theme to fit with the menu.

What Should We Serve?

Popular brunch items include Belgian waffles, Eggs Benedict, pastries, fruit, mimosas (champagne with orange juice), hash browns and other breakfast-related foods. However, don't feel obligated to serve the standard brunch fare. A menu featuring a favorite type of cuisine of the couple is also an option, as is a barbecue or other casual dining choice, as long as the brunch is not held the first thing in the morning.