There are no obligations or rules to hosting a post wedding brunch. However, it is a nice thank you gesture from the bride and groom to treat their immediate family, wedding party and out of town guests.
Alternatively it can be hosted by a close family member or friend as a gift or way of contributing to the wedding. You can even have a ‘no host’ brunch where you merely make reservations for a space to get together and eat with separate bills!
It is a great and intimate way to catch up with friends and family that you haven’t seen for a while and relive the memories from the night before. It also serves as a warm send off for the newlyweds before they depart for their honeymoon and that is the same for guests who have come from afar. So why not have one last get together before everyone goes on their merry way in different directions!
It is definitely not necessary to invite everyone who attended your wedding day. You already hosted one big affair so keep it small and stress free with your nearest and dearest. You can absolutely send formal invitations with the wedding invite but verbally or by e-vite should suffice too, as long as you have a head count to plan the brunch. You can be less strict and adopt a drop in at any time.
If you and your guests are already staying at the same hotel, it may be more convenient to host it there. You can ask if they have a brunch menu available and have them reserve a dining area for you so other guests can join who are not staying at the hotel. You can even save money if it is the same venue you had your reception. Get haggling!
Depending on your guest list you can go to a local café or restaurant or why not have it at home in an intimate setting. You can even get something delivered if you don’t fancy cooking.
Bear in mind that most of your guests may be affected from antics from the night before, so don’t have it too early. Also ensure that the brunch schedule fits check out time and those who need to travel including yourself getting off for your honeymoon!
Have plenty of juice, tea and coffee available and if you want one last celebrative toast consider mimosas or maybe Caesars (best hangover cure!) Food can include eggs, bagels, French toast, pastries, fresh fruit and if it’s later you can add more substantial items like quiches and a cold cut meat and cheese selection. You can even have an interactive food station like an omelet or pancake bar.
Overall, keep it simple with minimal input! Re-use décor from the wedding, have chilled music and an easy menu. That’s all you need, easy like Sunday morning!
~ Happy Planning! ~
Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination
Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination
Coming back from your honeymoon and trying to organize after the wedding can be stressful for newlyweds.
Just to get you started, here is a checklist to keep you in that honeymoon relaxing state!
1. Clean and store your gown
Within six months of getting married find a specialized laundromat for wedding dresses and store in a cool dark place.
2. Change your name
Make sure to change your name on your Driver's license, Passport, Social Insurance Card, and at your Credit Card companies.
3. Call the taxman
Now that the two of you are a married couple, you can choose to file your returns together or separately for your yearly taxes. Talk to your accountant before making this decision!
4. Thank-you notes
Try sending out your thank-you notes within two months of getting married. Don’t go crazy and try and finish them in one day, set a goal for yourself and they will be done before you know it!
5. Tackle registry returns
Dealing with a pile of unnecessary registry gifts can be put on hold until after you have come home from your honeymoon. You do need to keep in mind that each store will have a different policy for returns & exchanges. It is easier to tackle this within two months of the wedding to ensure you exchange the gift for exactly what you need.
6. Finalize wedding album and DVD
Very important!!! Don’t put off your photo selections!! It would be great to have all the photos and the wedding DVD on your first wedding anniversary. Keep in contact with your photographer and videographer to ensure you haven’t been forgotten! This task can slip through the cracks very easily!
7. Legal beneficiaries
Becoming a unit allows your spouse to be your beneficiary. Contact your insurance company and HR departments for the paperwork necessary to start the process. Decide which work health plan will best suit both of you. Talk to your doctors and family lawyer for recommendations if you are having some trouble deciding.
We wish all our of our brides & grooms-to-be a beautiful wedding day! But don't forget, it doesn't stop there!
..............That is just the beginning!
Smooth Sailing everyone!
Article written by Emily Sousa – Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination
© 2012 Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination
We thought we would start today's post off with an image that just takes-our-breath-away.
How could it not?
Paris, France. The City of Love. *sigh*
Lots to do and see while in Paris.... this could be the perfect location for that relaxing, romantic escape.
Romantic dinners and picnics in the park. Getting the Royal treatment and finding yourself lost in the Parisian streets.
Have we peaked your interest yet? We know we are ready to jump on that plane!
Just one of the many popular honeymoon destination choices today, newlyweds have the difficult task of narrowing down their options.
As we talked about in the blog post Planning Your Honeymoon, taking the time to plan your trip just as you have planned your wedding will result in a very memorable time away.
Here are some more stunning, locations that may just make your cut.
Whereever you decide to travel, our advice .....
do your research & make sure you plan for everything!
~ Happy Planning!!! ~
Amidst all of the wedding planning details, one that needs to be considered is "where are we going for our honeymoon?" Blindly picking a destination on the big old map just doesn't cut it! This trip will be your first as a married couple and it will be worth the effort to find the perfect honeymoon destination you will love and remember!
Are you looking to relax on a warm, tropical, sandy beach? Are you wanting to do some sightseeing? Or are you both the type to do something really adventurous??!!?? More and more couples are straying away from the traditional idea of what a honeymoon is supposed to be and making it more memorable for themselves.
Here are just a few tips to keep you on track when planning your honeymoon!
1. Discuss Budget
You have just had the most amazing wedding and now it's time to relax as husband and wife! You don't have to break the bank to do it! There are a number of ways to work within a tight budget when planning your trip. For instance, travel in the "off season" when things are cheaper. All inclusive locations generally are less expensive and have special rates you can take advantage of. The benefit of doing the all inclusive is knowing the cost up front which will definitely make planning the honeymoon easier! No hidden fees. No surprises.
We can't stress how important it is to have a budget when planning your honeymoon. The last thing you want to endure is having arguments about money during the trip.
2. Do your Research!
Beginning your honeymooon planning may seem like a daunting task but soon after you start, you will realize you only have a handful of options that fit your situation. Your "research process" could begin midway through your wedding planning or if you are really proactive.... you could already have the hidden jar of cash under lock and key that is just for that relaxing piece of heaven at the end of this journey! There are 2 ways you could approach this process - Use a travel agent or go full steam ahead and do the legwork yourself. For those of you that don't have the luxury of time in your schedule... a travel agent may be your best bet. For the ones that want to do it themselves, be thorough. There are a lot of websites that help find you the best deals rather than go through directly to the source (ie: the cruise line).
3. Narrow down your list
Based on what you are wanting to do on your honeymoon and what you've decided your intended budget is to be, you can begin to narrow down the list of potential destinations. It is best to have 2 or 3 possible choices. Even if you think one may be beyond your budget, keep it on your list... you might just be able to make the most exotic locations work for you! Once you've narrowed your list down, the next step is too look into more detail as to what each choice has to offer. Are there package deals available?? Off season rates? Does one choice have more activities to offer than another? All things to consider to plan the perfect experience.
These are just a few tips to help you get started with planning your honeymoon. Just as in planning your wedding, take the time and plan your honeymoon as well. It will be well worth it! You deserve that little reward after this journey!
~Happy Planning! ~