More and more couples today opt for brunch weddings for several reasons: first of all, they are cost-effective, second, they are more relaxed, and third, they are great for early birds. A brunch wedding is perfect if you have a small number of people you want to invite. It’s also a great idea when you’ve got picky family members or friends with different tastes in food because there’s something everyone will enjoy in a sweet and salty selection of breakfast items.
Brunch weddings still require no less planning than larger ones. Here’s your guide to pull off a brunch wedding right and make it cool.
Brunch receptions are typically scheduled between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the ceremony happening right before. Prefer walking down the aisle no earlier than 10 a.m., though, since not all guests will love the early morning wake-up call. To make sure everyone feels comfortable and welcome, set up a coffee cart, pastry trays, or other treats to ease guests into the morning.
Brunch weddings are typically smaller and more casual than evening celebrations, so the bride and groom can be flexible with the venue. Popular locations include gardens, greenhouses, an outdoor patio at a restaurant, or your very own backyard.
Morning wedding ceremonies and brunch receptions are inherently more casual. The bride might choose to rock a more relaxed gown, with a shorter length, or of more casual fabric (though it’s not a must). Men tend to wear lighter colored suits for daytime ceremonies as well. Don’t require any formal attire from your guests, too.
Food And Drinks
Food and drinks are an important part for brunch weddings, they should remind that it’s a brunch wedding. Guests probably don’t want a hearty meal only hours after waking up, so instead serve a light buffet with a mix of different breakfast and lunch foods. Classic breakfast staples like bacon, smoked salmon, and scrambled eggs are always popular choices, but a brunch wedding opens itself up to fun items; consider having an omelet or waffle station, mini breakfast sandwiches, a cereal bar, or French toast dippers.
Since most guests will drink less at brunch receptions, a full open bar isn’t necessary. Instead, a couple can serve typical brunch-style cocktails, like mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, screwdrivers, and sangria. Landman suggests having a Bloody Mary bar or a “bubble bar,” which offers different types of champagne with berries.
Serve breakfast-friendly desserts: donuts, pancakes, a waffle or crepe cake, and a pastry tower. Get inspired!