Are you thinking of hosting a post-wedding breakfast or brunch to say farewell to guests?
This has become a very popular wedding event for both destination and non-destination weddings but is it worth it?
Since we had a full blown destination wedding in Walt Disney World hosting a breakfast the morning after was a given. A few recent weddings we attended right at home offered a post-wedding brunch or breakfast. Of course we would have to since people were away from home. We thought it would be a great way to say goodbye to everyone, recap the fun night before, and enjoy the most important meal of the day.
Our farewell breakfast did fulfill all those expectations but it was certainly something we could’ve saved money on or gone without. Was it as big of a must as we thought it was? Definitely not.
Our Farewell Breakfast at ESPN Zone
One of our main room block resorts was the Boardwalk so we planned to host the breakfast there. We assumed we’d hold it in one of the ballrooms but our Wedding Planner mentioned ESPN Zone as an event venue. That decision didn’t take much pondering at all. We love eating or watching games at ESPN, how cool would it be to have the restaurant to ourselves in the morning?
We scheduled the breakfast buffet from 8:30 to 10:00 AM and created our own buffet which included eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries and of course, Mickey shaped waffles. As a last minute decision a few weeks before the wedding we added mimosas and Bloody Mary’s on a per consumption basis, which I would recommend. Most guests did not indulge but it was nice to have the option!
Disney events are formal and based on headcount… even for a buffet. Just as we did for the reception we had to require a formal RSVP and headcount for the breakfast and our welcome party broken out by age. While our headcount was certainly less for the breakfast, it was still nearly 90 guests out of our 122 reception attendees. There were some guests I didn’t think would wake up but I gave them the benefit of the doubt and included in the count. I wish I went with my judgement!
Only two thirds of the guests registered for breakfast came during that buffet window. Unfortunately, we paid for all that we submitted on. It was disappointing from a financial perspective of course but disappointing that people didn’t take their RSVP seriously or understand the impact of sleeping in that morning. A select few had texted they couldn’t make it but most to this day don’t even acknowledge it.
If you do host a farewell breakfast take this advice:
- Don’t go overboard with food. Some pastry, fruit, and cereal can hold people over until lunchtime, or they can opt to go to breakfast on their own if they still want something hot.
- Ask for a formal RSVP. Go with your gut and cut those you don’t think will wake up. A few may surprise you, but others you are certain of will also bail last minute. In the end your guesstimate cut number will probably work. If you happen to go over by a few guests either no one will notice or worst case you’ll have to square up after…. better than overpaying I say.
- Buy fun married couple shirts. Pose for some photos. It’s your first morning as husband and wife after all.
- Keep it short. 90 minutes to 2 hours is all you need. As the guests of honor you’ll want to be there the entire time but you have other things to do that day. Maybe head to the bank or off on your honeymoon!