Anyone can host a post wedding brunch or barbecue. They are terrific ideas for when friends and family are gathered together and just want to enjoy each other's company after the main event. Here are 5 suggestions for hosts and hostesses!

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A post-wedding event can be at any time and in any style to suit your needs.

Perhaps your wedding guests are leaving first thing in the morning to catch flights home. Rather than a big brunch event, it might make more sense to have an open house gathering where friends and family can grab cups of coffee to go and pastries pre-wrapped in paper bags.

If, however, the majority of your guests will be around for the weekend (or the wedding is hosted near where everyone lives), there's no reason not to have a fun and relaxing event after the stress of the wedding is gone.

Think of your guest list similar to the rehearsal dinner.

Although your guest list can look however you would like it to, it's definitely wise to invite a few key people first: immediate relatives of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and very close family friends. After this, feel free to fill your party as much as you like. Obviously, the more people you invite, the more it impacts your budget. A smaller affair might be able to be more lavish, a larger one more festive and celebratory.

Design a realistic menu.

The goal with a post wedding brunch or barbecue is to relax with loved ones, not to give yourself another large-scale event to plan. If you can afford it, have a caterer make up a few family-style dishes. If not, keep it simple with tasty finger foods and classic platters.

No games or activities required.

Some hosts may choose to add lawn games to their post wedding brunch or barbecue, but these things aren't required. However, especially if you are inviting families with children, having something to keep them occupied will keep everyone more happy and able to relax.

Set up a quiet and welcoming space.

Okay, so your guests are probably not going to be at their best. With last night's festivities going late into the wee hours of the morning, and cocktails aplenty, your friends and family might just want a strong cup of coffee and a quiet corner. Make your home (or any other venue) into a cozy and inviting space with soft music, natural lighting, and comfy seating.