Whether your finances are a constraint or you simply believe it is insane to spend a fortune on your wedding reception, you do not have to eschew a memorable wedding reception for any reason. With proper planning and a little creativity, you can throw a memorable post-wedding brunch that everyone will enjoy and that you will remember fondly for years to come.
Here in this post, we’re sharing the best ideas to throw a memorable post-wedding brunch.
Let’s get started…
Many couples believe in hosting a full-fledged wedding reception but trust that a post-wedding brunch can equally be marvelous.
To know how?
Brunch can be the best option if:
- You’re on a tight budget; or
- Your wedding is in the morning; or
- You want to have a great time after your wedding.
What is a post-wedding brunch?
Post-wedding brunch is an optional wedding event that takes place after your wedding ceremony and reception in the morning or early afternoon of the following day.
It usually entails sharing delectable food with your VIP wedding guests. It is also customary to invite parents/guardians, wedding party members, and other select guests.
While post-wedding brunches aren’t required for every wedding. They are fun and relaxed events intended to spend time with near and dear ones as the wedding festivities wind down.
What is the best time to throw a post-wedding brunch?
Post-wedding brunches typically start between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. So make sure you stay at the event for at least two hours. Also, let your guests come and go as per their convenience within that time frame.
However, if you’re not hosting a wedding reception, you can extend the time to another two to four hours.
Ideas to Throw a Memorable Post-Wedding Brunch
A post-wedding brunch reception is an excellent way to keep your wedding guests entertained. So, let’s see how you can make it memorable and stunning.
1. The Location
Whether you host a full-fledged reception or a post-wedding brunch, the venue or location for the reception is imperative. Moreover, it is often the most expensive part. So, your best bet is to look for places that are either inexpensive or are free.
You can consider your friend’s home or cousin’s backyard. Besides, you could visit a nearby park, beach, society hall, city library, church or temple hall, museum, farm, or even a botanical garden to throw a memorable post-wedding brunch.
Usually, these locations charge no or minimal amount as rent. And in some places, you’ll only need a permit or written permission.
If still, you’re unable to get an excellent place for free or low-fare, it’s good to consider restaurants or hotels. Hotels and restaurants often offer deals on off-season weddings. If yours is an off-season wedding, try to find out the best deal and book the place for your brunch reception.
2. The Gathering
If you’re hosting a wedding reception separately and want to have only a few people in your brunch, keep the list small. For that, you can include an insert in the invitations that are only for those you want to invite for post-wedding brunch. You can even send out e-invites to them. Avoid putting the brunch details on your wedding website.
3. The Decoration
There are numerous ways you can create beautiful wedding decorations on a budget. Low-budget never means cheap! Even on a budget, you can have exquisite and luxurious decor. Here is what you should do for decor alternatives:
- Look for local and seasonal flowers for the venue decor.
- Use fewer, larger blooms or bunches of colorful, inexpensive flowers to achieve a rustic chic look.
- You can even recycle your wedding flower to decorate the place.
- Add character and creativity to your centerpieces by spending time in advance searching for antique bottles and vases at garage sales or vintage shops.
- Ditch the floral decor; opt for fabric, balloons, and feathers are good options to consider to decorate the venue. The best thing is all these things are inexpensive; you can create an extravagant atmosphere without burning holes in your pocket.
- Besides, ‘living things’ such as live plants, branches, palm fronds, etc., can also be used. Even succulents are in trend these days.
- You can even use bowls of fruit and vegetables for your tables for a more modern and sophisticated look.
4. The Food
After your location, the most important part of your wedding reception is food. Of course, you’ll need to serve delicious food to your guests. It doesn’t matter what type of reception you’re hosting. You have to offer your guests a sumptuous meal.
Here are the different options you can consider for your post-wedding brunch:
- Rosemary Potatoes
Whether you’re considering a buffet-style brunch or made-to-order entrees, there should be something for everyone. You can even consider adding famous local cuisine to your brunch menu.
5. The Music
You don’t need to go extravagant for your brunch reception music. You can have some classical music playing in the background for an exquisite experience.
Otherwise, hiring a local band for a live music performance can be a good choice for a brilliant post-wedding brunch reception. If all this looks too much to you, then get your friends’ music system stationed at the venue and let the party rock!
6. The Drinks
Well, brunch time is usually the time for light drinks. None of your guests would prefer hard drinks or alcohol. Even if they do, wine is a good option for brunch time. However, the best is to arrange for tea, coffee, and fruit juices to make your post-wedding brunch memorable.
You can consider making your own coffee and tea bar with a Keurig machine. All you have to do is arrange for milk, K-cups, sugars, and creamer carafes for the event.
7. The Dessert
Dessert is one of the most important parts of your post-wedding brunch. There are several options you can consider, such as:
- Cake Pops
- Glazed Doughnut
- Cotton Candy
Besides these, you can add other dessert options to your brunch reception.
8. The Attires
You don’t need to overdo anything for your post-wedding brunch: floor-length dresses and Sunday suits with floral or other colorful patterns are good to go. If you want to keep it informal, go with jumpsuits.
Post-wedding brunch is the time to create memories with your loved ones that you can cherish all your life. You can wear anything that matches your wedding theme, and you feel comfortable and relaxed in.
Wrapping it up…
So these are the ideas you can utilize to throw a memorable post-wedding brunch. Hopefully, you liked this post, and it will help you get started!
If you have something in mind, please feel free to share it with us in the comment section!
Happy Wedding… ☺ ☺