Brunch Reception

posted 1 year ago in Reception
Post # 2
7800 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I LOVE brunch weddings! I’ve never been to a “reverse” meal one (ie serving brunch first, wedding second), only the traditional style. It basically ran the same as an evening wedding! Couple got married, had a short cocktail hour with mimosas and caesers and then brunch with omelette stations, carving stations. Possibly a waffle bar with various toppings. Couple then cut the cake, had their first dance and let people mingle and do their own thing. 

Post # 4
225 posts
Helper bee

My husband and I had a brunch wedding with ~90 attendees, ~10 of which were young children. 

Times: Ceremony was at 10:45 AM with a reception shortly after. We only scheduled the reception for ~2.5 hours or so, as we wanted something more casual. 

Food: We had a mixture of breakfast and lunch foods. Some things were had were fresh fruits, breads & pastries, cheese crepes, bacon, breakfast potatoes, an omelet station, salad, a chicken dish, a beef dish, and a couple of other things that I am forgetting. 

Dessert: The reception provided cookies and brownies. We hired a local bakery to make us a small cutting cake and 4 flavors of cupcakes. 

Drinks: We had very minimal alcohol. We also had water, coffee, tea, and soda. 

Music: We hired a local DJ for $300-$400, and he did a fantastic job. Some people danced, especially to the slower songs, but a lot did not also (which we were expecting).

Feel free to respond with any additional questions you have. 

Post # 5
8007 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

It sounds wonderful! You may wish to add a coffee bar (with flavored syrups, whipped cream, shaved chocolate? I drink my coffee black) for the guests who don’t drink and/or a Bloody Mary bar. And then invite me!! 

Post # 6
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

I was already intrigued by this (especially since some venues are cheaper on Sundays) and now I’m extra intrigued since we are from the same city! I’d love to hear more about what you plan; I’m not engaged yet but started doing research – we were supposed to get engaged by the end of the year (ish) but covid and house shopping has affected things a bit.

I feel like a brunch wedding opens up Sunday more, allows time if y’all are traveling that same night at all (or now that option is on the table), and maybe easier to clean up? I’ve always wondered if earlier weddings feel as party-ish or if they tend to naturally wrap up sooner or what. My mom has told me several times how her wedding in ’77 (in Austin) was deemed normal with only cake, punch, and mints, haha, and how different it is with what a full production they are now. 

Post # 7
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2021

I’m not doing brunch for my wedding, but I love this idea! I’ve always hated that weddings would last all night, so an earlier time with brunch and mimosas seems like a perfect wedding to me. Also for friends with young children they will be grateful to not mess with any sleeping schedule. 

Post # 8
4023 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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@bluebonnetbee:  We had a small brunch reception in a private room of a restuarant after our morning wedding ceremony, which was at a different venue entirely. The flow of the day followed a more traditional timeline for the most part – ceremony, pictures, then the reception. We did do a first dance after exchanging vows, and then family got to join in afterwards for another song, but the reception was simple – just a great meal around a big table of family and close friends. Happy planning! 

Post # 9
2043 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

A Tex-Mex brunch…..with margaritas????    I’m In!

Post # 10
552 posts
Busy bee

I am not doing this but I was Maid/Matron of Honor for one about a decade ago. Ceremony was at 12pm and then we moved right to brunch. It was nice. We did speeches after people ate (it was buffet so breaking the speeches between courses wasn’t possible). I think everything was over around 4pm and we moved outside. Most of the guests started saying their goodbyes and then bridal party then did photos. Looking back, photos AFTER bunch was a bit risky but it worked out fine. 

I will say, it felt very weird to be home and done by 5pm. The bride and groom went off for a mini moon. She told me it was great. They crashed at the hotel and had a nap and then went out for a late dinner and drinks on their own. 

Post # 11
39 posts
  • Wedding: March 2019 - City, State

I browsed online for ages when planning our brunch reception so always happy to post on this topic, and love how things turned out 🙂 We’re obsessed with brunch and so are many of our friends! We did the ceremony first, a cocktail hour, then reception. Not as heavy on the alcohol as an evening event but we still had some, and otherwise it was basically a “typical” flow. We still had a DJ for after brunch and people danced the whole time, so it’s really a know your crowd thing I guess (we’re not dancers at all ha). We had live strings during pre ceremony/cocktail hour and I think that could have also been nice to continue during the rest of the event, if folks aren’t really dancers. 

Our ceremony was at noon then reception started at 1pm on a Sat, so we tried for a true brunch mix of breakfast and lunch items. Our menu, if it’s helpful, is below, since I know I was stressing about what options to pick for a really long time 🙂


Cocktail hour:

Chicken & waffle sliders

Smoothie shooters 

Avocado toast 

Crab cakes 

Mini quiche 


Artisan cheese and fruit display 



Assorted fresh fruit cups

Cornbread muffins



Green tea crusted salmon with ginger butter sauce & crispy sweet potato

Chicken caprese served with mozzarella, tomato, fresh basil, & balsamic glaze

(Personalized options for dietary restrictions, eg vegan, gluten free, allergies)



Baby kale salad served with toasted hazelnut, goat cheese, pear, & maple vinaigrette

Pan fried potatoes served with peppers & onions

Fire roasted vegetable medley 


Made to order action stations:


French toast



Wedding cake

His and hers donut towers



Mimosa, bellini, and bloody mary custom bars with assorted mixers/toppings

Signatures: His cherry limeade and Hers chocolate martini

Coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks

Post # 12
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I could never be mad about brunch…NEVER! 

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