Post # 1
Hi! I’m new to the boards and had a question. I really want an early a.m. wedding with breakfast/brunch type food. Is anyone else planning a morning wedding? Does anyone foresee any issues that I may encounter?
Any advice you have would be appreciated.
Post # 3
Well… you may have nobody show up… I know I would be rather pissy if I had to go to an event before 11:00 since I’d have to get up even earlier to get ready…
Post # 4
@Mrsjr: It depends on what you mean by an “early” morning wedding.
If your guests have to travel, they may not appreciate too early a start.
Don’t forget, you and your bridal party also have to get ready- hair, makeup, etc.
Post # 5
Well, the Mr and I discussed an 8 a.m. wedding but decided we probably would be late for our own wedding 🙂 So, we are thinking of a 10 a.m. start now. Thanks for your reply.
Post # 6
@Mrsjr: Do you have guests who are going to have to travel?
If you allow them an hour for a shower and getting ready, another 30 minutes for a quick breakfast (longer if they are dining in a restaurant, we are already at 8:30 am to start their day- not counting travel.
Let’s hope they are not out late the night before.
Post # 7
There would be a few that would be traveling (probably the most an hour drive), but most would be local. Its a small town and we are keeping the wedding small. I really didn’t want to do the traditional afternoon start with the same boring foods and I think an evening wedding would be harder for travelers as our date is a Sunday.
Post # 8
@Mrsjr: I LOVE brunch weddings. They are my favorites! However, I think that noon is great, 11 is pushing it, and 10 is the absolute earliest. We find that if we need to, we will make any hour work, but we are so much happier if we don’t have to leave for an event before 10 on Sunday.
Post # 9
@Mrsjr: Personally I wouldn’t have a problem with it. Most people would get up earlier on a work day and it would be home by early afternoon. If they are that exhausted by an 8am start then they can have an afternoon nap.
I think my only concern would be what time I had to get up as the bride to get ready!
Post # 10
I’m having an 11:30 ceremony, with brunch following just after that. I can’t imagine any earlier. My hair stylist already recommended a 6am start for the day. Ughhh. I hate waking up early on weekends! Thankfully the excitement will keep me from snoring while she styles.
Post # 11
@Mrsjr: I think this is a great way to save money and have a unique wedding! 10am would be a fine start time for me as long as the drive was no more than an hour since thatd put me at about 8am getting up and thats perfectly reasonable! If you did a half hour ceremony and cocktail hour then that would put you at 11:30 for the brunch reception which is PERFECT for brunch! I would say the only concerns would be a. any guest travelling over an hour (maybe if yes push it to 10:30?) b. how early you and your girls will need to get up to get ready c. that no one will want to dance mid afternoon. I think the last one can be remedy by having a non dancing reception with alternative activities or making sure the venue can black out the space you are in so guests get the party vibe after eating and getting a great DJ. Good luck! My mouth is now watering thinking of brunch ahahhaha
Post # 12
I really wanted a brunch wedding but the timing (especially with a church ceremony) was just too much to work out. I am an early bird and would be all over someone else’s, although anything earlier than 10 would sound very early to me.
Post # 13
@Mrsjr: I’m having a Saturday Morning Brunch wedding 🙂
I think a brunch can be great – for us, the cost of the meal and drinks are quite a bit less expensive and we can happily accommodate my FI who is a vegetarian and many of our guests who have gluten intolerances or are vegetarian. I also think that feel of the wedding is different and maybe less cookie cutter than some weddings.
We are doing a 10am start for our ceremony and will have guests greeted when they arrive for the ceremony with coffee and danishes. We’ll do our ceremony then start brunch around 11:00am. We are having 2 “action” stations which are made-to-order omelets and a steak carving station. The rest of our food will be buffet style with fruit, breads, salmon, chicken, potatoes and pasta. We’re doing a bar with brunch cocktails, wine and beer.
Among the downfalls are that people who will need to travel will have to stay the night before the wedding at a nearby hotel (for us, since many are traveling they would either have to stay the night before or the night after so no big deal there). In addition you’re more likely to have to invite kids since a brunch atmosphere tends to be seen as more family friendly (for us this is a positive, but many around here want adult-only receptions).
There are a few more pitfalls. You really can’t have a cocktail hour (we are just going straight from the ceremony into the reception). Also, you won’t be able to set up your venue the morning of, so get ready to bug your friends and family to do it for you.
The big downfall is timing. I’m going to need to be at a hairdressers to start getting my hair done at 4am. This will probably mean getting myself out of bed by 3am. Our photographer wants us to be ready to start taking pictures by 7am. We’ll manage, but the early morning stuff will be the toughest part of our day.
All that being said – everyone I’ve talked to about it who is invited to ours LOVES the idea. They are so excited about a wedding that is different and more family oriented.
Post # 14
As long as you serve pancakes, you can have it as early as you want. 🙂
Post # 15
We plan to have a morning wedding and brunch reception also! I’ve been worrying about timing a little since some people are traveling from out of town so they might have to get a hotel the night before, but I figure if it were a nighttime reception, they’d probably have to stay in a hotel the night afterward anyway.
Our ceremony and reception are at the same site, and I’m thinking ceremony should start at 1045, cocktail half-hour from 11 to 1130AM (the mimosas will be flowing!), and brunch starting at 1130. We are thinking about doing a crepe or mini-waffle station.
Post # 16
My wedding was at 11:30 I think and we had brunch. It was amazing. Our out of town family came three days prior and we weren’t out the night before. It was wonderful.
we had shrimp and grits, monte cristo, bacon, various quiches, sliced ham, lots of fruit, French toast, salads, and an ice cream sundae station since we are in the south and it was hot.