Should You Say “I Do” to a Post – Wedding Day Brunch?

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If you are recently engaged, you probably have several offers coming in for parties and showers. Couples showers, engagement parties, kitchen showers and bachelorette parties swirl in your head as you try to find dates and manage guest lists. What about a fun brunch the day after the wedding?

There are several things to consider when deciding if a get together after the wedding will work for you and your fiancé. It’s a great idea for some couples, and doesn’t work for others.

1. Post-wedding health condition

Sorry to be blunt here, but if you anticipate a hangover the day after the wedding, this may not be for you. All the events leading up to the wedding combined with a late night open bar reception can leave the bride and groom exhausted. Spare your guests the red-eyed version of yourself and say goodbye at the reception.

2. Location

Another consideration is the location of your wedding. If you are getting married where both of you live and most of your guests are local, then there really is no need for a lunch the day after the wedding. Your friends and family love you, but they might prefer to go to church Sunday morning and see you after the honeymoon.

3. Guest list

On the flip side, if you are expecting a lot of out of town guests that you don’t get to see very often, a brunch can be a great bonus gathering of dear friends. It’s always fun to rehash the events of the wedding day and compare photos. Schedule it early enough that guests can make flights or drive back home, but not so early that you’re dragging people out of bed. Eleven is just about perfect.

4. Ambiance

A casual setting takes the pressure off of you and everyone else. You all have been looking your best for days, so a jeans and t-shirt dress code will be a welcome relief. If some generous soul offers to host the event at her house, that may be the perfect setting. She might even be able to organize a pot-luck style brunch to spread around the cooking. Otherwise look for a casual restaurant that can accommodate your group. It’s a great way to end your special weekend.

5. Honeymoon Plans

Of course if you are leaving for your honeymoon the morning after the wedding, a brunch just won’t work for you. Be sure to have your phones charged so you can update your status on Facebook and enjoy the trip.

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