What to Know About Hosting a Post Wedding Brunch

January 25, 2024 | riley

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After the whirlwind of wedding festivities, many couples choose to extend the celebration with a post-wedding brunch. This relaxed and intimate gathering allows newlyweds and their guests to unwind, create even more memories together, and enjoy each other’s company one more time before everyone heads back to reality. If this is something you’ve considered hosting, but you’re not sure about the logistics of it, don’t sweat. We’re covering everything you need to know about hosting a post-wedding brunch, from what to wear, how much it costs to who traditionally pays for it, and why you should consider having one.

Why Have a Post Wedding Brunch?

There are several reasons why newlyweds may want to host a post-wedding brunch with their guests. It provides a more relaxed setting for meaningful conversations, allows you to personally thank your guests for attending, and extends the celebration beyond the main wedding day. It’s also a great opportunity to share memories, swap stories, and create even deeper bonds with your loved ones.

What to Wear to a Post Wedding Brunch

The attire for a post-wedding brunch is typically casual and comfortable. Since the main wedding events often involve formal wear, the brunch is an opportunity to relax and enjoy a more laid-back atmosphere. Sundresses, khakis, button-down shirts, and casual summer attire are all suitable options. Of course, if you’re hosting a winter wedding, jeans, sweaters, and long-sleeved shirts work too. Consider the venue and weather when choosing your outfit, and don’t forget to account for any planned activities or games that may influence your clothing choice.

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Venue and Setting

Selecting the right venue for your post-wedding brunch is essential. You want it to be a welcoming environment with some delicious food, of course–especially since there’s a good chance that some of your guests are hurting a little the day after the wedding. Whether you want a cozy brunch spot, a garden with a relaxed ambiance, or the backyard of someone’s home, choosing the venue is entirely up to you. 


The cost of hosting a post-wedding brunch can vary widely depending on factors like the venue, catering, and the number of guests. Typically, brunches are less expensive than the main wedding events. If you’re on a budget, consider alternatives like a potluck-style brunch where guests bring a dish to share or a buffet versus a seated brunch.

Who Pays for It?

Traditionally, the couple hosting the wedding pays for the post-wedding brunch. However, lately, we’re seeing family members or close friends contributing to the cost as a gift to the newlyweds. We recommend communicating openly with potential contributors and establishing expectations from the beginning to ensure everyone is on the same page. Regardless of who foots the bill, expressing gratitude for their generosity is always a thoughtful gesture.

How Long Does a Post Wedding Brunch Last?

The last thing you want to do is wake your guests up too early–especially if they’re fighting a hangover from the night before. This is also true if your wedding goes late into the night. Give your guests time to sleep in! Ideally, you’ll want to start it anywhere from 11 AM to 1 PM, and it will last about two to two and a half hours.

Who Gets Invited?

Guest lists are never easy to make–we get it. And while it may be wonderful to have all of your wedding guests attend brunch, inviting everyone isn’t required. If you want to keep it more intimate and keep costs low, invite your parents, grandparents, immediate family, and wedding party (and their plus ones). From there, you can decide who else to add. The key is to stay consistent on both sides to avoid hurt feelings.

Hosting a post-wedding brunch is a wonderful way to wrap up your wedding festivities and share a final, intimate moment with your loved ones. If you’re considering making your weekend a whole weekend affair, including a brunch, be sure to check out our guide on planning a wedding weekend for all the tips and tricks!

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