Big Day Wedding Brunch
A Morning Matrimony Inspires An Intimate, Casual And Cost-Effective Celebration
Wedding Day Brunch
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day and your wedding day is the most important day of your life, naturally the two should go together. Having a brunch reception takes away some of the stresses of planning since it’s less formal, and as an added bonus, it will save money. So, raise a mimosa (or a Bloody Mary) to the best day of your life and the best meal of your day.
You’re an early bird; that’s great! Not all of your guests share the same enthusiasm for waking up at dawn, so it’s best not to plan your ceremony before 9 a.m. Besides, do you really want to wake up at 5 a.m. to start doing hair and makeup? Somewhere between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. is ideal for a brunch reception.
Most venues are less expensive to rent in the morning since typical weddings take place during evening hours. Guests will drink less alcohol since it’s earlier in the day. Sometimes less drinking means less dancing, so you may not need to hire a DJ. Classical guitar or violin music would be a delightful accompaniment to the festivities, or if you do hire a DJ, choose softer tunes.
There’s no rule about the style of gown the bride should wear for a brunch wedding, but you can certainly get away with a shorter, more playful dress at this time of the day, complemented by a looser hairstyle.
No need to feel rushed to get the best photos before the sun goes down—you’ll have all day! The morning sun can inspire some beautiful photos, so take advantage of this ideal lighting. If you choose to do the “first look,” have your photographer get romantic sunrise photos of you and your groom.
There’s no need for extravagant centerpieces or costly decorations. Brunch is meant to be intimate and casual, so opt for small, fresh flower arrangements or decorative bowls of fruit for guests to nosh. Put a customized crossword puzzle next to each place setting to go along with the morning routine theme, and have the clues be fun facts about your relationship.
Keep it simple by having various stations for guests to visit. Imagine pancake stations where wedding guests add their own blueberries, strawberries, bananas or chocolate chips to the mix or omelet stations loaded with chopped veggies, fresh herbs and cheeses to choose. Grit stations are a popular option, too.
Stations are the way to go here as well. Set up a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar with a lavish assortment of garnishes including stuffed olives, pickled asparagus, artichoke hearts, jumbo cocktail shrimp and bacon. You can even have fun with flavored vodkas including bacon, tomato, jalapeno and dill pickle. If you want to go a little lighter on the liquor, you can set up a mimosa bar complete with freshly squeezed juices (orange, cranberry, grapefruit, mango, peach and pineapple) and fruit garnishes. Don’t forget non-alcoholic options like hot chocolate and plenty of coffee.
To Cake or Not to Cake?
To cut expenses further, you can get away with not having a cake this early in the day, as long as you supplement with sweet treats like scones, muffins, sweetbreads and doughnuts. If you choose to serve cake, go with something light like lemon, orange, almond or a crepe cake.