DIY Post-Wedding Brunch + Giveaway!

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By Wedding Blog Contributor Dawn Viola

While a post-wedding brunch isn’t on the etiquette to-do list, a casual midmorning get-together at home can be a great way to extend the festivities and say one last goodbye to close friends and family.

Keep it small. Consider the day-after brunch to be an A-list event, with only your closest friends and family attending. Anyone, including the bride and groom, can host the post-wedding brunch, but typically the mother of the bride or mother of the groom initiates and plans. Depending on who is hosting, wedding invitations can be extended to one or both sides of the newlywed’s family.

A 3 to 4-hour window of time between breakfast and lunch will allow guests to freely come and go based on how late they celebrated the night before and their travel needs.

A casual brunch menu can be prepared days in advance, allowing you to focus on the wedding as needed.

A savory strata with layers of cubed brioche bread, browned and crumbled sausage, caramelized onion and Cheddar baked in an egg custard is the perfect way to feed a hungry crowd with little effort. The entire dish can be made two days before the brunch and set aside, covered in the refrigerator.

Potatoes can be cubed and blanched up to four days in advance and then quickly pan fried with peppers and onions for home fries the morning of the brunch. An assortment of grilled vegetables and a simple cheese and fruit platter with shaved prosciutto will satisfy those who like to nibble. And a signature cocktail can be pulled together in no time, with flavored simple syrups and soda water.

Coffee and an assortment of teas should be set in an easily accessible spot and can be served with lemon-thyme biscotti, also made days ahead of time.

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Invitations? You bet, and a giveaway!
Word of mouth is fine, but wedding invitations are much more fun, especially when tucked into a guest’s welcome basket. We were so inspired by the beautiful, hand-painted wedding invitations from Michelle Mospens at My Personal Artist that we had to share them with you.

One Perfect Wedding Guide reader, selected at random, will receive a set of 30 custom, hand-painted wedding invitations from My Personal Artist for their post-wedding brunch, showing a spring vegetable theme, orange blossoms or cocktail theme.

***TO ENTER***
Between now and midnight, Thursday, June 2, 2011 (EST) post a comment below. One winner will be selected at random, and notified by email. Replies posted after midnight, Thursday, June 2, 2011 will not be counted. Anonymous comments will be discarded – you need to be logged in with your DISQUS profile, or have posted your email address in the comment box so that we may notify you if you win. U.S. and Canada residents only; items will be shipped from the designer directly to the winner. No monetary exchanges or substitutions allowed. Void where prohibited. Total value $150.00 US.

–Dawn Viola is a professional chef, cooking instructor and the voice behind the award winning food blog, Wicked Good Dinner.

  • Erika Lee

    I think an after-wedding brunch is a terrific idea.  I have so much family coming from out of town, it would be a great way to hangout with them before they run off – without the wedding stress.

  • Bre

    Love this idea.  We are leaving for our cruise the following afternoon and planned on meeting family the morning prior.  Thanks for posting this.  What a great idea to actually make it an official event and even extend to our wedding party 🙂 

  • Larissa McLaughlin

    Sounds like a great idea! Pick me!

  • Em

    Beautiful details and a brilliant idea! Would love to be chosen : ) Thank you!

  •  I love the details on the invitations!!!!

  • Johnandkatywedding

     This is an amazing giveaway! What a fun idea to tuck these in welcome baskets. I love the idea as we’ll have lots of out-of-town guests! 

  • Leann russell

    the invites above are beautiful, what a wonderful idea to keep sharing your wedding even after the big day has passed.  i would of never thought of that.  Thank you for your ideas. 

  • Jdgtwedding

    We are planning a day-after brunch.  These invites are great! 

  • We will probably do something at the hotel the morning after the wedding since so many guests are from out of town.  Definitely want to do something to end the weekend on a low key note!

  • A305motomom

    Love your ideas!!! Melinda Anderson

  • MrsLima

    These ideas are fabulous!!  We’ll be having a day-after brunch 🙂 

  • Kaitlyn

    Great ideas, can’t wait to see more!  I’m having such a blast planning my wedding 🙂

    Kaitlyn Gaudreau (

    • Susan Southerland

      I’m so glad that you are enjoying the posts! I am even happier that you are enjoying the wedding-planning process. That is exactly as it should be.



  • Jenn

    Aww… This is such a great idea! Not to mention, super cute invitations. This will be a perfect time to relax, enjoy the comfort of your friends and family to celebrate the new journey the couple is taking as well as celebrate the END of planning and craziness of the wedding day. Not to mention, your friends and family will be able to see you in a more, relaxed state. 

    Jenn Murray

  • trina b

    This is a great tip for me. I am planning a three day wedding and reception. I am hopping to have all the family around to come and go as they please. This would help me plan for the three days of fun.

  • Mkg08dhs

    This is such a great idea. Without the Perfect Wedding Guide, I would be lost in my planning adventures! I love the articles, this one in particular. Thanks for all the insight! 🙂


  • Gottahavepurses

    These invitations are AMAZING!! And what a sweet idea for the get-together. Beautiful way to start off your wedding!


  • k8weds

    Beautiful invitations and what a great idea!

  • Angela Morgan

    Wonderful prize!

  • What an awesome give-away.  One less thing on this stressed out brides plate! 😀

  • Craig A

    I’d love to win!  

  • Mandy

    I would love to win some of those invites!!


  • Mjlopa

    I absolutely love your designs!! I would love to win!!

  • Mattandterimartin

    I really like the ideas given here.  I am thinking of hosting a post-wedding brunch after my daughter’s wedding in July.  Thanks for the suggestions

  • Allyson Lugo

    We have a lot of out of town guests and are planning on having a post-wedding brunch to say goodbye to everyone before we leave on a mini-honeymoon. These invitations would be great!

  • Caydee Burns

    Yay! What great designs!

  • Ryann Elder

    We are planning a post-wedding brunch for our guests since we are having a destination wedding.  It will be a great way to say thanks to our close friends for coming as well as a farewell before we takeoff for our honeymoon!