The Post-Wedding Brunch
published July 4th, 2014
After a year of planning your wedding celebrations you’ll no doubt find the big day itself passes in the blink of an eye. The morning after you might feel that it was all over far too quickly, and you might even think it was a bit of an anti-climax. Some people have such great expectations for their wedding day that they build up this picture in their head of this perfect and amazing fairytale wedding that simply can’t be equalled in the real world. It’s a little like anticipating a new Star Wars movie - you have such high hopes that you may walk away feeling a little unsatisfied… or leave with a thirst for more.
Of course your wedding day is so much more important than a Star Wars movie. At least that’s the impression you want to be giving your partner. It may be that you’re having a rather geeky Star Wars themed wedding, but that’s another article…
So how can you stretch out your wedding proceedings to make it a slightly longer and more memorable affair? Well, why not make it a “Wedding Weekend” as opposed to just a day? One very popular idea is to have a post-wedding brunch, where you can wrap up the festivities with close friends and family by having brunch together. It’s not quite breakfast and it’s not quite lunch, but it’s the two worlds combined at an hour that permits you to have a bit of a lie-in. Let’s face it you’re not going to want to surface at the crack of dawn the morning after your wedding celebrations. You may even be nursing a sore head…
Now you might think that after the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, reception… the notion of a further celebration seems like overkill. Just remember that you only get married once (that’s the idea) so you should milk this baby until the udders bleed.
The great thing about a brunch is that is it has a much more casual, less stressful feel than the previous wedding events. It also gives you the opportunity to have more in-depth conversations with everyone you just had time to say “hello” to on the big day itself. It also let’s you thank everyone for coming - especially those that travelled a long way to be there. When you’re hosting a big event like a wedding ceremony/reception it’s almost impossible to chat to everyone as much as you would like. At least this gives you an extra chance to touch base with everyone.
If you’re worried about money then don’t fret, your post-wedding brunch doesn’t have to cost the earth. Sure, you can dine at a hotel or restaurant if you can afford to do so but there are cheaper alternatives if your wallet is feeling the pinch already.
You could serve a simple open house-style brunch at your own home, or perhaps the home of a relative. No lavish decor is needed, and you could even salvage some flowers from your wedding reception. Waste not want not…
You’re not feeding the five-thousand so don’t think you have to offer this huge spread. Don’t forget that your guests probably consumed more food on your wedding day than they usually would in a month, so for this occasion less is probably more. Coffee and bagels would probably suffice. Other affordable options could include: pastries, doughnuts, waffles or fruit. Perhaps a family member could bake some cakes, muffins, or whip up some tasty pancakes.
Incorporating alcohol will always go down well. Unless your guests are tee-total or recovering alcoholics… but if the latter is not the case then you can serve champagne or prosecco with strawberries, blueberries, fresh orange juice, peach juice and a variety of syrups. All of which would go down a treat.
Another idea is to have the post wedding brunch serve as a starter/taster for the honeymoon destination. So if you’re heading for Italy maybe you could have homemade pizza… or if you’re heading for the Big Apple then what’s more American than burgers in a bun. You could even have fries with that.