As the wedding day has morphed into the wedding weekend, one event that has become quite popular is the post-wedding brunch. Although some brides may cringe at the idea of another event to organize and some guests feel like enough is enough already, personally I love the brunch the day after the wedding. It gives everyone a chance to visit a little more before heading out of town, and besides, who doesn't love brunch? This is what you need to know about planning a post-wedding brunch.
First of all, the bride does not have to be the one to plan a day-after brunch. Her parents could host it, the groom's parents could host, or even a grandparent could organize the brunch in honor of the newlyweds. Second of all, the post-wedding brunch does not need to be a fancy event at all. By far the easiest way to do it is to book a private dining room in the hotel where most of the guests are staying. Don't worry about fancy flowers or custom linens; this is not the wedding, after all, just brunch. As long as it is a nice hotel (or restaurant, if you prefer), whatever they provide in the way of decorations will be absolutely fine.
The purpose of having another get-together the day after the wedding is to give everyone one more chance to see each other, which can be wonderful for families who are far-flung. One or two days just isn't enough time if you only get the whole group together for weddings and holidays. The brunch serves one very other important role: it is always fun to gossip about a great party the next day! This is the perfect opportunity for everyone to rehash the excitement of the day before while it is still fresh in their minds. ("What was Heidi thinking wearing that low cut dress to someone else's wedding?" or "Wasn't the band great last night? You should see the blisters I have from dancing all night in three inch heels!") For the bride and groom, this is the time to get the real scoop on all the interesting things that happened at their wedding - so fun!
Unless your family is filled with teetotalers, the post-wedding brunch should be scheduled to start no earlier than about 10 am. After a fun-filled day, people need to sleep in the next morning! Most brunches are buffet style, and should run for several hours, not be served at a fixed time. 10 am to noon or possibly even 1pm is a good schedule. This gives guests the flexibility to roll into brunch whenever they are ready, rather than having to rush out of bed to be at another event. Also, some people may wish to pack and check out of the hotel before stopping by the brunch, so this gives them the chance to do what they need without being rushed. Of course, the newlyweds should plan to stay for the entire length of the brunch, because everyone will want to see them and wish them well.
While the post-wedding brunch need not be formal, the newlyweds should still make an effort to look good. (So should the guests, for that matter!) Match your attire to the setting. For a country inn, a cashmere sweater, tweed skirt, and pearl earrings is a polished brunch outfit. In the summer, a pretty sundress with a tin cup necklace and pearl earrings would be just right. Around the holidays, even daytime parties like brunches tend to be dressier, so step it up a notch with a beaded sweater set and a knee length velvet skirt or a silk wrap dress. After all, your post-wedding brunch is your first chance to make a great impression as newlyweds!