Who doesn’t love brunch? This is a terrific idea to leave everyone happy (and looking forward to your big day) for couples on a budget. Feast yourself on these thought provoking ideas for brunch weddings. From food to decor to much more!
City hall at sunrise and a relaxed brunch afterwards sounds like the perfect idea for early risers, breakfast fans and couples on a limited budget.
Brunch weddings are some of the most cost-effective ways to host your wedding reception.
- Banquet halls and restaurants are less expensive to rent in the daytime.
- If you are hosting a brunch wedding, you won’t have to spend on wedding lights.
- There is no need for an ultra posh bridal gown. Or bridesmaid outfits, or expensive guest attire.
- And, depending on the menu items and the caterer of choice, a brunch can range in price from $15 to $85 per person.
Ready to discover some do’s and don’ts and dive into some thirsty brunch wedding ideas?
The Do’s and Don’ts of Brunch Wedding Planning
Before you begin listing your favorite breakfast foods, we thought it would be appropriate to share some do’s and don’ts for planning brunch weddings.
A brunch reception usually takes place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. so you can start the morning with a 10 a.m. ceremony and head out to the delicious brunch spread at 11 a.m. or noon. Not bad, n’est ce pas?
Surprise your guests with a Sunday morning newspaper wedding program.
For the coffee lovers, nothing will be more welcoming than a stocked up coffee bar with all the fixings surrounded by mini-baguettes, bagels, mini cornbread muffins, beignets, croissants and orange-scented scones.
You may offer your guests their choice of American coffee, expresso, cafe au lait, caramel machiatto, iced coffee; different teas like Earl Grey, iced tea (sweetened or unsweetened), chamomile, jasmine, orange, and black; and an assortment of fresh juices, like fresh strawberry lemonade or a fruity ginger ale punch. The sky is the limit!
Dress up your drink station with personalized coffee cups (personalized seals or stamps can turn the most basic paper coffee cup into an adorable and affordable detail) and swizzle sticks and voila! A coffee station to die for!
Unlike afternoon or evening wedding affairs, brunch weddings need alcohol and spirits properly timed. Consider serving alcohol in moderation (it will save you beaucoup of bucks) after your guests have eaten something.
Think bellinis (peach nectar and sparkling wine), mimosa bars, champagne, bloody mary’s (OJ and sparkling wine), mint juleps and other morning-time cocktails like tequila sunrise (grenadine, tequila, and orange juice), punch and screw-drivers.
Brunch weddings does not mean there will be no dancing. But make sure the place you rent for the reception has space for it. Or you could throw in some games and/or musical entertainment or a DJ for your guests.
When choosing the location for your brunch wedding, remember to check it out at the same time of day you have planned for your shinding. You want to make sure it looks as radiant as you will.
Brunch can be served buffet style or as a seated meal, or both. Some brunch wedding foodie ideas are quiches, pastries, fruits, a grilled cheese bar that is the GOAT, a to die for charcuterie table, or more traditional salmon or roast beef carving station. Consider serving more healthful options like yogurt, poached salmon, grilled veggie sandwiches and egg-white omelettes.
A good brunch wedding idea for the main appetizer is a mashed potato bar where each guest gets served their portion on a martini glass and piles up their own toppings.
Last but not least: the wedding cake. The choices are unlimited. You may opt for a gorgeous naked-cake, a lighter confection such as lemon or angel food cake, or the classical breakfast wedding cake, the mouthwatering waffle cake!
If you want to browse ideas of naked-cakes or semi-naked cakes, check out this article.
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