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final brunch tips

Amp up your post-party with these ideas:

  • Use centerpieces from the wedding reception to make your meal festive.

  • Have a relative capture all the fun on video.

  • Offer disposable cameras for candid snapshots.

  • Prepare a farewell speech to thank everyone for attending your special day.

  • Be aware that you and your guests may feel a little sluggish (all-night celebration can take its toll). For a successful brunch, sometimes simple is best.

Postwedding Brunch: Where to Begin

Breakfast in bed is nice, but a brunch with the wedding bunch can be blissful. Here are planning tips for your second meal as man and wife.

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So the big night is over, and you're officially married. If you're not leaving for the honeymoon right away, a postwedding brunch is a great way to wind down the festivities. Newlyweds can enjoy a final opportunity to thank their guests and spend a little more time with loved ones. Here are some tips to get you started.

Who's Invited?

The brunch is usually for the couples' families and any wedding guests that are still in town, but feel free to include attendants, friends, or even the family dog (depending on the location). Basically, anything goes. Of course, that depends on who's paying for it, which leads us to...

Who Pays?

Traditionally, the bride's parents pay, but it's a nice gesture (if you have the funds) to pay for it yourselves. Show off as gracious newlyweds by playing the perfect hosts!

Where to have it

An historic firehouse? A landmark diner? A friend's backyard? Do you really love his parents' pad? Were you married in a hotel that has a restaurant or cozy lounge? Ask if you could hold the brunch there. The location depends entirely on your personal tastes.

Invitations

Insert a card inside the wedding invitations of the guests you would like to fete. Or you can send out a separate mailing entireley -- it's really up to you. The cards can be as formal or as casual as the brunch itself. If very casual, invite your guests via telephone or email. You can also tailor the invitation to a theme. Need one? Read on!

What to Serve

Whether you want a catered affair or a simple, homemade meal with friends and family, here are some suggested edibles:

  • Basic Brunch: Mom or maid of honor doing the cooking? This standard brunch menu offers omelets, French toast, waffles, pancakes, scones, croissants, bagels, coffee, and juices, and may also include steak, pasta, salad, and fish.

  • Cocktail brunch: Spruce up ordinary French toast by adding ancho chili paste to the egg batter and drizzling sweet jalapeno syrup over the bite-sized treat. Transform a traditional caviar, creme fraiche blini into a dessert morsel by substituting dried currents soaked in rum for caviar and orange blossom mascarpone for creme fraiche. For cocktails, serve drinks ranging from mimosas to Napoleon Imperials (Champagne, Mandarin Napoleon liqueur, and orange flower water) and Silverados (vodka, Campari, and orange juice). In addition to the relaxed setting a cocktail brunch offers, you'll pay about two-thirds less than you would for a sit-down meal. With delicious delectables and affordability, you can't go wrong.

-- The Knot

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