Is having brunch the day after the wedding a THING now? And who gets invited?

By on Jul. 2nd
When did post-wedding brunches become a thing?

My parents are insistent that we have a brunch the morning after. Future husband and I are pretty ambivalent, but since they have offered to pay, we are inclined to do it.

How do I keep such an event low-cost and low-key?

And who should be invited to this thing? Everyone? Just family?

Any and all advice would be much appreciated!

-Anonymous

We're never convinced that ANYTHING needs to be "a thing," but post-wedding brunches do have a purpose: they provide you some sweet, quieter time to spend with out-of-town guests, separate from the hectic blur of your wedding day. Here are a few quick tips:

  • You can invite anyone you'd like to attend — family might expect an invite, but your attendants may not.
  • Keep things easy by doing a buffet and saying "brunch will be available between X and Y o'clock." If it's a come-and-go event, it'll feel casual and fun.
  • As long as it isn't the sort of "everyone sit around the table" type thing, that keeps it pretty low key.
  • Buffets are nice like that, and with breakfast food can be relatively inexpensive.

Certainly brunch the morning after doesn't need to be "a thing" [insert ominous music], but if it's something that fits into your schedule and budget, it can be a really sweet wind-down to a wedding weekend.

Are you doing a brunch after your wedding? Who's invited? And, most important question: WHAT ARE YOU SERVING?! We're hungry.

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