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The Morning After

June 14, 2010

While a lot of the planning focus for your wedding will be on the ceremony and reception, one detail you should not forget to plan is the morning after.  Having a brunch for your out of town guests is a fantastic way to wrap up the weekend and gives the bride and groom a chance to show their guests a bit of gratitude and thank them again for coming.

Here are some tips on how to do brunch the morning after your wedding:

– For your guests’ convenience, it is easiest to have it at the hotel where your reception is held or where your room block is.  This way people can grab a bite to eat, say goodbye and be on their merry way.  If the hotel is not available, a restaurant nearby is another option, just be sure to book a private room or pick a place that isn’t too loud so that people can still talk and visit with each other.

– Be the first to arrive.  The bride and groom should get there before the guests and stay until the end so that they can visit with everyone.  Stumbling in as people are leaving defeats the purpose of this gracious gesture.

– Keep it casual!  Attire does not have to be formal, and it is best to give a time window, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, for example, so people can come and go according to their schedule and travel plans.  Some people might want to sleep in and catch the tail end, while others may want to be the first to hit the buffet before hitting the road.

– Whether you decide to have a buffet or sit down breakfast, be sure to have some “pick up” food and drink options as well.  It will be easier for some people to just grab a muffin and a coffee to-go rather than sitting for a leisurely brunch.

– Who picks up the tab?  Usually the morning after brunch is hosted by the bride’s parents, although this is not set in stone.

– Be sure to take this opportunity to thank each of your guests one last time for coming, and wish them safe travels!

Bon Appetit!

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