Post # 1
My fiance and I want a small wedding. Truth be told i would marry him in jeans and a tshirt at his grandpas house (grandpa is the officiant)! However, he is the oldest grandchild and my parents are pastors as well, so that wasn’t going to fly. We decided we would have an early wedding and reception so we could go on a minimoon and enjoy ourselves before the real honeymoon in the summer.
So….we are having a 10 am wedding followed by a 1130 ‘brunch’ is what i call it. The menu is scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns,sautéed mushrooms, sautéed onions, cheddar cheese, fresh fruits, assorted pastries, coffee, juices and milk. Assorted Pastries that will be served are Bearclaws, Raspberry Sticks with Cream cheese, Apple Turnovers, Cherry Turnovers and assorted Mini Muffins. I think that is a decent spread for 100-125. There are times when i feel like i need more, but to stay cost effective I have not made any changes to the menu. There will be no alcohol served because the reception is at my parents church. No DJ either, but I am going to have a jazz band play while guests are eating…
I am thinking I want to keep it simple by having a sheet cake for the reception…I was going to do cupcakes…and maybe I still could if i give them as a favor, kind of an out of the door snack, but Ive been told that people expect cake at the ceremony…
I am most struggling with figuring out what to do for favors…I was going to have a doughnit bar, but with all those pastries and having cake, i think its too much. I thought about a candy bar, but again, it is too much i think with all the other sweets. I could just forgo the gifts since its so early in the day…
Post # 3
@FUTUREKO: I do think that pastry favor, etc would be too much. What about a jar of jam or hot sauce that they coud bring home.
Post # 4
How about a donation to your church or a local organization in lieu of a favor and have a frame with a note in it letting people know what you did.
Or maybe a truffle? Or other edible?
Post # 5
A jar of jam or maple syrup would tie in to the brunch theme nicely.
Post # 6
I was going to say that jam or maple syrup would be a perfect “brunch” favour, but looks like everybody beat me to it!
Post # 7
I’m not really sure, but…you know how some do all dry cake ingredients in a mason jar, or bag, as favors? What if you did something like dry muffin or pancake ingredients in a mason jar/bag? You could do a few cookies in a cute bag. That way your guests could enjoy them later in the day, without having to have more sweets at your reception. I went to a wedding recently that had these fancy boxes, and on the inside were mints with a little sticker that said something like “Thank you for sharing our special day with us, it MINT a lot.” I think that is a cute idea to keep things within budget, but I thought they should have used little bags instead of fancy boxes.
Post # 8
Could you look into some little gourmet coffees or gourmet tea that you could have at each place setting? That would be appropriate for a brunch theme I would think.
Post # 9
I love the coffee/maple syrup/jam ideas!! You could also do honey, although that’s probably more expensive, but raw honey is amazing!
Post # 10
I love the jam idea! It was around 350 though but I will keep looking. i also love the syrup idea too!
I LOVE to cook, so to put a cake recipe or even any recipe of mine in a jar would be a great gift from the heart…
I am not even sure guests need a favor with a brunch so early in the day…I might have to go without it if I cant find a cost effective one.
Lots of good things to think about! 🙂
Post # 11
Do you have any particulur “theme”? That might make it easier to choose the favor.