Q: I have a quick question about present opening. I would like to open presents the day after the wedding at our apartment and serve bagels and juice so it is informal and it would be our way of thanking our guests. My fiance’s mother would like to have brunch at their condo. Is there a traditional morning after brunch routine? Is there a proper way to do this? Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.
A: It is not uncommon for the bride’s or groom’s parents to host a brunch the day following the wedding for out-of-town guests. It generally is a low-key affair. It is unusual for the bride and groom to host this type of brunch since they are in all likelihood soon to leave on their honeymoon but there is no “rule” that says they can’t. It is also unusual for the couple to open all their presents at such a brunch. It is not a shower where the main entertainment is opening the gifts. There’s nothing entertaining about watching the couple open gifts of cash, a common wedding gift.
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