Ask a Professional Bridesmaid: Do I Need to Throw a Post-Wedding Brunch?

Etiquette, Food & Drink, Showers & Parties

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates. For her column, Jen answers a bride's crucial post-wedding question: Is a next-day brunch totally necessary?

Deciding whether or not to host a post-wedding brunch on the morning after your wedding can be a tricky one — chances are you're already paying out a fair amount of money for the wedding itself, so the idea of hosting another party for as much as $60 per person is a lot to consider.

Some argue that the post-wedding brunch is as iconic as the rehearsal dinner or bridal shower, while others will just as fiercely argue that it's totally optional. What it boils down to is this: It's your wedding. Do you want to have a brunch?

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Because let's face it: There is an overwhelming amount of food at weddings. Between the rehearsal dinner, the cocktail hour, the reception plates, and even, sometimes, a full dessert bar, there's no excuse for guests not to leave the wedding stuffed. So there's absolutely no risk of your guests leaving your wedding weekend hungry and fussy.

There's also no reason to shell out a lot of cash for a Sunday post-wedding brunch, especially because a lot of guests do their own thing that morning, whether it's sleep in late or wake up early to travel home.

Our suggestion if you're worried about budget or timing, but still want to host an event? If you want to give your guests an option, create a mini-event for people to come and say goodbye and maybe grab a small, light meal to take on the go with them. You could bring in bagels or even put together pre-packaged snack bags. Something simple and optional for your guests. Spending $60 a person will hit your wallet hard, and may leave you with so much leftover food that you might need to find a couple of extra suitcases to lug it all home with you.

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