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Expert Advice from wedding guru, Sharon Naylor


Sharon Naylor

Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding planning books and a frequent guest expert on Get Married with Colin Cowie, Good Morning America, and other top shows. Recently featured in such magazines as Martha Stewart Wedding, InStyle Weddings, Brides, Modern Bride and Southern Bride, she is the iVillage Weddings expert and host of "Here Come the Moms" at Wedding Podcast Network.

She lives in Morristown NJ with her husband Joe, and loved using Wedding Mapper for her own April '08 wedding.


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Hi Sharon, My fiance and I are getting married/eloping in September in FL. We would like ton have a small celebration when we get back, 40-50 people. Do people do brunches or luncheons? I am stuck!


Thanks for your question!

You can have any style of celebration you wish! There's no set style of post-celebration, so you can choose any type of party that works as your favorite style, on your budget. I like hotel brunches because they're usually quite inexpensive, offer a huge array of foods and desserts, and many offer a free champagne or mimosa. Being early in the day, most people won't drink a lot, so the added bar orders won't likely add up to much (if it's even offered at all!)

Another type of post-party that you may find is the casual at-home party, that's catered by a personal chef on-site, or one you self-cater with platters from Costco or other warehouse store. You may need to rent a few things for an at-home party, so keep that in mind.

One way to keep the at-home party less expensive is to do a dessert and wine party, where the menu is filled with all kinds of desserts that you and friends can make, and then just order a professional cake for a treat. Get wines and beers from a discount liquor store, and your dessert party is a trendy hit!

Good luck to you! And congratulations!

Sharon Naylor
Author of The Smart Guide to Wedding Weekend Events and over 35 additional wedding books


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