(Closed) Morning Wedding.. Brunch Reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Inbetween Ceremony & Reception start
    I MUST have a Juice Bar (take place of Cocktails) : (34 votes)
    92 %
    The Mingling and Guestbook Color Pages should suffice : (3 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee

    My cousin just had the same thing!  It was lovely, just lovely. 

    She did her pictures like this:  first look and couple photos pre-ceremony, then family photos during short break between the church and the reception hall.   Then candids for the rest of the reception.

    They had a brunch buffet, so that helped her not have to stay on such a strict timeline, I think.

    We danced until 3pm.  It felt like 3AM, I was so wiped out!

     

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee

    Oh, and I forgot. She did have a juice/smoothie bar.  Very fun.  They had signature smoothies!  I had one that was more like a milkshake, lol.  Chocolate, peanut butter and bananas!!

    Post # 5
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    Busy Beekeeper

    I think you definitely should have a juice bar and some snacks between the ceremony and reception (just like a cocktail hour).

    I think it’s likely that most of your guests will not have eaten and will be hungry and want something to nibble on.

    In addition to the juices, you could do mini-muffins, sliced breads (like banana nut, blueberry, orange/cranberry, zucchini), or assorted fruit…. 

    Post # 7
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Plan the timeline for whatever time you need for your photos. If guests know the time the reception starts, they can plan their meals accordingly so they are not hungry. In my experience, I would rather know a realistic  time the reception will start, rather than be told an earlier time and then end up waiting another hour for the bridal party to show up.

    You might want to consider having coffee available  also while they wait. Some of your guests will likely choose to pop out for a coffee between the ceremony and the reception.

    Post # 10
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Keep it simple- jugs of juice (perhaps set in a container of ice), empty glasses, napkins

    Coffee urn, cream, milk, sugar, sweetener, coffee cups.

    This is a job that can be assigned to a family member or a close friend. Coffee urn can be plugged in before the ceremony.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee

    How about something like these:

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee

    Oh, you could totally just do coffee and hot water (for tea) urns, and then juice (you could even do fun juice mixes: pineapple orange; fruit punch, etc…) in those ice tea jugs they sell at Target.  I don’t know what they are really called….

    Something like this.

    Then no one has to monitor it.  It’s self-serve!

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My best friend did this for her wedding…  it was an 11 am start, and she also didn’t do a first look.  I was in the wedding party,  so I didn’t get to experience it from a guest point of view, but my BF filled me in.  Theirs was also catered, but it seems pretty easy to also DIY…

    While waiting for the ceremony to begin, the guests were served champagne with strawberries or blueberries, and also other drinks (for DIY, you can have tubs filled with water and maybe small bottles of orange juice?) 

    The ceremony was outside on the beach, so guests were led there, then was the ceremony and we were wisked away right away for pictures.  The guests went back inside where there were bagels and muffins waiting to hold them over until we were done with pictures.  When the photographer was finished (half hour maybe??), we went to where the rest of the guests were and were introduced by the DJ.  The pastor did a blessing, and then the buffets opened…  

    it worked pretty well, and my BF was impressed….

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We just did this! 🙂 You can see my recap pictures here.

    I will honestly say that we were rushed for pictures. I got up at 4am to get ready and we still didn’t get the majority of the pre-wedding pictures that I asked for. After the ceremony, we had a 40 minute “cocktail hour” with a smoothie bar and a photobooth guestbook. It was a hit! I don’t think guests were bored at all! We did have mini cinnamon buns, fruit skewers, and mini bagels with cream cheese and salmon passed by servers so no one went hungry. It was a big hit! Still, the 40 minutes wasn’t enough time for all the photos we wanted. We did some more at about 3pm after the reception had winded down.

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