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The Schultzes

From betrothal to brunch

Posted: Monday, Mar. 30, 2009

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The day-after brunch is increasing in popularity, as it gives newlyweds a chance to spend some time as husband and wife with their loved ones before their honeymoon. We’ve narrowed down the details, making it easier than ever to have a brunch of your own.

Who hosts? While there are no rules set in stone, typically the bride and groom, a relative, or a close friend will host the brunch.

Who’s invited? Don’t feel obligated to invite your entire guest list; this is a more intimate affair that usually is shared with family members and your bridal party only. It’s also a nice gesture to extend invitations to those guests who traveled a distance to participate in the big day. While invitations are certainly a nice touch, they aren’t necessarily required.

When and where? It’s a good idea to keep the location near the reception location or where your guests are staying.

Style. You went all out on the rehearsal dinner, not to mention the reception. It’s okay to chill out a little now. The brunch is a much more informal event – meaning casual dress is perfectly acceptable.

What to serve? Some popular menu items include:

• Coffee, tea and juice

• Bloody Marys, mimosas or spiced cider

• Fresh fruit

• Bagels, lox and cream cheese

• Croissants, muffins or cinnamon rolls

• Hash brown casserole

• Shrimp and grits

• Blueberry, potato or other flavored pancakes

• Herb, ham or vegetable frittata

• Grilled salmon or tuna salad

Be sure to ask your caterer for additional popular ideas and suggestions.

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