Friday, March 6, 2015

The Post-Wedding Brunch

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GUEST POST BY REBECCA STERN AND JESSICA MILLER, HYATT REGENCY CHICAGO



This month, we’re talking eggs, bacon and the like with catering manager Jessica Miller. Jessica handles the Hyatt Regency Chicago’s intimate weddings, rehearsal dinners and post-wedding brunches. Here are Jessica’s thoughts on gathering loved ones together the morning after the celebrations…this time over orange juice. 

In one of the more remembered exchanges between childhood classics Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet, Piglet asks Pooh,
"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh…what's the first thing you say to yourself?"
"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.
And so it goes, after a night of wedding celebrations many party-goers wake up the next morning with the Pooh-mentality, “What’s for breakfast?” If you are a bride, groom or parents of either, we highly encourage you to dish up the answer.

With most weddings bringing in at least a handful of out-of-towners, as well as locals looking for a convenient place to sleep after the "Big Day" festivities, most brides and grooms set up a wedding room block at a local hotel. If the hotel has a private event space, we find that it is most convenient (and delicious!) to host your post-wedding brunch right there on-site.

A few post-wedding brunch tips:

1. Offer a buffet and set a time frame of 3 hours so guests can come whenever they please. We recommend 9:00am – noon. This allows the earlier risers (and people catching a morning flight) to get up and eat. The others (typically those who took full advantage of your open bar the night before) will trickle in toward the end.

2. If you have a strong urge to do a plated breakfast, put only the start time on the invitation so everyone arrives at once.

3. Offer hot food. Your guests need more than a cantaloupe slice and blueberry muffin after a night of being on their feet.

4. Invite all of your guests staying overnight at the hotel, the entire bridal party and any local family.

5. If your florist allows, use several of your wedding centerpieces at brunch the next day. Ask the hotel staff to store the arrangements in a hotel refrigerator for banquet staff to set up the following morning. Your catering or sales manager can coordinate this for you.



Engagement Fun Fact:
Many brides and grooms are choosing to have breakfast-themed late night snack tables with items such as French toast skewers, mini breakfast burritos and hash browns.



Thank you so much to Rebecca and our friends over at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for all their sage advice! To book your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or post-wedding brunch at Hyatt Regency Chicago, contact Jessica Miller at 312.239.4710 or jessica.miller@hyatt.com

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