With more and more people starting their honeymoon several days after the wedding and guests travelling further, there appears to be a move to stretching the wedding party to include the day after too.
For some this day after brunch is a time to re-visit the special day and share memories, for others it is time to recuperate before driving home! The thought of extending the wedding organisation even further can bring its own headaches but it does not have to be like that if planned well.
Perhaps you should consider it if…
You would like to re-visit the memories of the day before with a selection of close relatives and friends before they leave town.
You want to show appreciation to guests who have travelled far to attend your wedding.
You feel that you may not have time to see or speak to everyone during the day of the wedding.
You have relatives who would like to contribute to your wedding and wish to extend the celebrations.
Breakfast is not included in the hotel package for guests staying at the same hotel as the wedding party.
If you decide a day-after wedding brunch is the way to go here are some tips to help simplify the planning:-
This would be a perfect part of the wedding celebrations that could be delegated to relatives. It would give them an important role in the planning and make them feel they have an important contribution to make.
f your wedding took place at a local hotel you can ask guests who are coming to the after wedding brunch (if it is being held at your home) to help take some of the gifts and wedding accessories to your house thus saving several journeys!
To keep costs down you could order a brunch buffet to be set up at your home then all that you need to do is clear some space prior to the wedding and have an informal breakfast buffet. Even better if the caterer can deliver to your selected location on the morning after the wedding.
Don’t schedule the brunch for too early so you don’t have to rush in the morning and not everyone will feel like an early breakfast after the night before.
Don’t invite too many people. Perhaps keep it to close relatives and good friends or those who have travelled far
Try to keep it simple. You really don’t need anything complicated; remember it should just be an informal affair that allows you to relax with friends and family.
For an at-home brunch, ask a local company to drop off some platters of food that are table ready so you do not have to do anything other than relax and help yourselves.
Relax and enjoy the rest of your married life!
Thanks to Richard Booth of The Platter Company, specialists in Wedding catering in Hertfordshire and Essex