A post wedding brunch is a fun way to say goodbye to your wedding guests and spend a little extra time with them! It’s definitely appreciated, but if you’re on the fence about hosting one, keep reading to see what’s involved!
Is it absolutely necessary?
It’s definitely not necessary…but always appreciated! If you’re having a destination wedding or most of your guests are traveling in, it’s always a kind gesture to feed them one more time before they leave. If you’re having a wedding on a Sunday or weekday, most couples opt out of hosting the post wedding brunch. At the end of the day, there are so many other factors to consider like guest list, meal type, and budget – so let’s keep going!
Who should be invited?
At the very minimum, if you decide you’d like to host a post wedding brunch, consider close family and your bridal party. Don’t feel obligated to invite your entire guest list to the brunch as that’s one easy way for costs to skyrocket!
How long should it be?
There’s no set rule on how many hours it should last but most average around 2 – 3 hours. The duration might also be dependent on your venue and how long you’re able to rent the space for. If you’re planning to do a formal plated brunch with set times, it may last longer if you’re also having a dessert course. You can also host it almost like an open house where guests can come anytime within a few hour time slot. The latter tends to work well especially with destination weddings since flight times vary.
Does it need to be another formal sit down meal?
Definitely not! Your post wedding brunch can be as formal or as casual as you want. We’ve seen plated brunches in fine restaurants all the way to picnic style at a park. Choose what you’re most comfortable with, and what your budget allows for.
What costs should I be inquiring about?
- Food and beverage
- Room rental fee
- Additional labor (if applicable)
Is alcohol expected to be served?
This is 100% a personal preference, but if you’re hosting a bar for your reception don’t feel obligated to serve alcohol at brunch. We never recommend open bar for a post wedding brunch either as your guests may be hungover or have a long travel day ahead of them. Alternatives to boozy drinks are orange juice, sparkling lemonade, or a fun mocktail, alongside a tea and coffee station!
How do I keep it budget friendly?
Your post wedding brunch is probably one of the easiest ways to keep it budget friendly, frankly because there’s so many options! Plated will almost always be more than a buffet if you’re hosting through your venue or at a restaurant. If you’re considering more of a casual feel like a park or backyard venue, Costco will be your best friend for items like bagels, fruit, and pastries. Don’t forget to delegate someone to take the lead on pick up and set up though!
Choosing not to serve alcohol will also be a huge money saver. Consider sprucing up your non alcohol beverage station with fruit infused waters and a large selection of teas.
If you found this post helpful, and would appreciate receiving more personalized tips like this – consider working with one of our virtual wedding planners. We’re biased but we have to say…they’re pros at helping our couples plan the perfect farewell event to wrap up the weekend. Click here if you’d LOVE for someone to tell you exactly how to do what you’re hoping for on your budget!