Post # 1
I’m very fond of the idea of a brunch reception. I’ve been having a hard time planning the “traditional” wedding/reception everyone is so conditioned to. Honestly, I had never heard of brunch receptions up until a few days ago….and now I’m in love.
My question though, is if you’ve been to one or even had one what was the menu like. I would like to have a nice variety but at the same time keeping it within a reasonable budget.
I know I’d like to have coffee, tea, a juice bar, cheese and fruit trays, maybe different kinds of pasta salads? I’d like the food to be a bit more “lunchy”. Maybe a few different pastries? I’m honestly not sure where to begin with a menu. HELP!
Post # 3
Here’s one that’s local to where I am that I use all of the time.
1/2 hour Cocktail Hour
Assorted Varieties of Fresh Bruschetta
Assortment of Gourmet and Breakfast Pizzas • Varieties of Stuffed Breads
Gourmet Cheese Station
Danish and Muffins
Fresh Belgium Waffles with Toppings
Displays of Seasonal Fruits
Smoked Salmon Display
Assorted Bagels & Cream Cheese
Sea Breeze Fountain or Champagne Mimosa Fountain
Boneless Chicken Breast, Chef Style or Any Style
Fresh White Fish: Scrod, Sole, Tilapia or Halibut any Style
Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
Sliced Prime Rib • Baked Virginia Ham
Roasted Turkey or Porketta (Seasoned Pork Roast or Stuffed)
Choice of Sheet Cake,
Pastries, or Gelato Station
Coffee, Tea, Espresso and Cappuccino
Soda and Wine Included
Post # 4
I love them! When I went to one it had:
finger sandwiches (turkey, roast beef, chicken salad..etc)
mini eggs benedict (yum!)
a variety of soups
I think its a GREAT idea! Im a huge brunch fan!
Post # 5
Thanks so much for the ideas ladies! I really do appreciate it.
I love the idea of the finger sandwiches and the different kinds of salads. Do you think I should offer a bit of both lunch items AND breakfast items? Or just stick with one or the other? I guess that’s another problem I’m wondering about, would it clash having both types of foods?
Post # 6
Brunch is both breakfast and lunch items, so I’d do both. I’d maybe include a soup or two? I’ve always had that at brunch.
But the other menu looks good too.
Don’t forget about your vegetarians!
Post # 7
I agree that the brunch or breakfast wedding idea is truly inspired when done right. I think that one of the most important things in this kind of a wedding is the food. Guests will probably hear the word “brunch” and instantly picture bare tables, grumbling stomachs and empty cheese trays. Prove them wrong! I plan on having a sit down plated brunch menu with multiple courses. Having interactive stations is a fun and unexpected concept (waffles, pancakes, omelets, crepes, french toast, smoked salmon, panini, ham carving station and etc.). Whatever you serve should fit the brunch style and fill your guests up.
Post # 8
@Darling23: Really? People think “bare tables and empty cheese trays” when you say, “brunch?” I picture yummy late breakfast, with eggs, pancakes, pastries, and an option to have more lunch-like items, like soups and salads and quiche… Oh, and coffee, juices and maybe mimosas and punch! I picture a feast! (If a bit more casual than a dinner) Mind you, I love breakfast foods and brunch and that’s what we’re doing for our reception… So I may be a bit biased…
@SammiBaby88: If it helps, we’re doing ours on a Sunday, with 10 a.m. ceremony, appies after (dips, bruschetta, fruit skewers), and then serve buffet brunch at about 11:45. We’ll have eggs Benny (veggie and traditional), blackberry pancakes with real maple syrup, a variety of breakfast pastries, hashbrowns (veggie and not) a soup, a couple of salads, veggie quiche, salmon filets and saffron rice. We’re also providing tea and coffee, non-alcoholic punch, mimosas and poinsettias (alcoholic and non). There will be wine available, but given the time of day, the fact that we’re already providing brunch cocktails, and the fact that our wedding will be “in the country” (i.e., folks will be driving), we’re leaving it to our guests to get their own glass of wine at their leisure.
Now, we just have a bunch of veggie options because I’m vegetarian and so are several of our guests, and many others will eat fish, but no red meat. But you can take inspiration from our menu and turn it “meatatarian,” if you like!
Hope it helps… (Now I’m hungry…)