After the hustle and bustle of wedding activities, you would think that it would be customary to relax. However, in ancient times, the bride woke at dawn to prepare breakfast and pour tea for her new husband’s family on the morning after the wedding. This was supposed to symbolize her obedience and subservience to her new family.
Three days after the wedding, the newlyweds visited the bride’s family. This might be the last time that the bride saw her family for a long time. The newlyweds brought gifts, such as a roast pig, fruit, alcohol, and candy. Out of respect, the bride’s family returned a portion of it to the groom’s family, including the head and tail of the pig to represent the beginning and the end.
Thank goodness that brides today do not have to show obedience to her husband’s family! Unless you are on a tight travel schedule, we recommend staying in a hotel for the wedding night and flying out for your honeymoon the day after. This will give you an opportunity to spend one more meal with family and out of town guests at a post-wedding brunch.
If you can afford to treat your guests, it would be a nice gesture to do so. After all, people have traveled to attend your wedding and likely bought you a nice gift. But if you can’t afford to pay for an extra event, you can invite people to a no-host brunch at an inexpensive restaurant close to where most people are staying. This will give you the chance to mingle with out of town guests in a relaxed setting.
Brunch invitations should go out with the wedding invitation so your guests can plan their travel schedules accordingly. Ask for RSVPs so you know how many guests to plan for.