Q: Is it OK to leave for our honeymoon immediately after the reception? Don't most couples host a next-day brunch?

A: There's no reason you can't take off right after the reception. You've spent months organizing and planning (and probably stressing over) the big day, so a little R&R is certainly in order. However, before you jet off on your trip for two, keep these things in mind: First, you'll probably be exhausted. Your wedding will be a whirlwind of activities and at the end of the day you might be more interested in catching some zzz's than catching a flight. Second, it's true that more and more couples are hosting next-day brunches. Why? Because it's a great opportunity to spend a little more time with friends and family. Your wedding day will be over before you know it, and the next-day brunch offers a second chance to talk to those folks you might have missed at the wedding. If after weighing all of your options you still want to leave immediately after the reception, consider throwing the brunch anyway. Both sets of parents or your wedding party can play hosts in your absence. For a special touch, you can make a quick appearance at the brunch via video: Prior to the big day, record a short greeting where you and your fiancÚ welcome guests to the brunch, thank them for making the trek and joining in your celebration, and wish them a safe trip home.

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