(Closed) Brunch Reception

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Brunch reception or dinner reception?
    brunch : (17 votes)
    68 %
    dinner : (8 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    emi11:  We are having a brunch reception at a restaurant on the Gulf outside of Tampa, FL.  The plan is ceremony at 11am, everyone heads over to the restaurant (one block away) at 11:30, then there’s a “cocktail hour” type thing for them with snacks (pastries, fruit, etc) and drinks (Irish coffee, Bloody Marys, mimosas) until around 1:00 (we’ll be doing photos during that time).  Brunch buffet from 1-2, dancing from 2-4ish (we have a friend who’s a DJ and volunteering to do it for us).  We originally thought we wouldn’t have dancing at all but the group of friends we have have absolutely INSISTED on it – they’re all pumped for day drinking and dancing outside on the patio.  Naps after, then heading out to a bar!

    Post # 18
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    479 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We’re doing brunch and everyone is really excited!  The ceremony will be at noon (unfortunately the earliest the church would do it) and then the reception should start by 1 at a restaurant patio on the river.  We’re going straight into the brunch buffet without cocktail hour as we expect people will be hungry.  We will have alcohol though!  iPod with fun music, but not club music.  If people want to dance they can, but we’re envisioning people chatting and mingling.

    Post # 19
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

     

    znowbird22:  I can’t wait to see photos!  I want someone else to do a brunch wedding so I can attend.  It was such a whirlwind 🙂

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    emi11:  Our wedding will only be about 40 people total, but we are inviting everyone to the “after party” that are in our age range. We won’t be inviting parents and aunts/uncles for example haha but everyone else yes!

    Post # 23
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    1312 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: A very pretty church.

    We considered it, but I love the dancing part of weddings (already have our first dance music picked) and I just couldn’t see a way to include that in a brunch reception programme (people just won’t dance before it gets dark!). Otherwise it’s an amazing idea!

    Post # 23
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We did a brunch wedding, and otjer than getting up at 4:30 for hair & makeup, it was awesome! We also did first look photos, so we could go right to the reception. 

    In addition to what others have said, it was also cheaper. We were able to order off of the venue’s normal catering menu and there was no minimum – the same as if we would have been holding a business meeting.  People also didn’t drink as much. We heard from a number of guests that they liked having their afternoons to themselves, and so did we. Our ceremony was at . 11 and the reception ended at 4.

    Post # 24
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    emi11:  My husband and I had a brunch wedding and, like oneofthesethings:, it was very elegant.  We decided early on that we would stick to a certain budget.  That meant that we would spend the same amount, no matter if we decided on brunch or dinner.  That said, we also decided that food took priority over dancing.  It’s true that there’s less dancing at a brunch wedding, but we really wanted our food to be memorable.  In the end, we held our wedding at the Publican (James Beard award winning chef), and we had — hands down — the best wedding food ever.

    When it comes down to it, you can definitely cut costs with a brunch wedding.  If, however, you’re foodies like my husband and I are, good food will cost you even if you have brunch.  If you decide on brunch, you can probably save on food, DJ, photographer, and your flowers will stay fresh for longer.  Good luck!

    Post # 25
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    brew_bee:  Love it!  We had SO MUCH booze at our wedding — top shelf — and amazing cocktails.  Everyone danced, and we headed to a pub afterward.  Even with a 9:30 am brunch wedding, we didn’t get back to the hotel room until midnight.  LOVE brunch weddings!

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    emi11:  We headed to a pub next door post wedding, and our emcee announced it to everyone before we headed out.  It turned out that our immediate family and closest friends and family were the ones who joined us.  For our purposes, there was no reason to invite people ahead of time — “impromptu” (even though we did call the pub and told them to expect us) worked great!

    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    aekc:  I guess I just see it as fitting perfectly with what we do on weekends anyway – day drinking.  It’s rare that we go out at night, but we are ALWAYS down to go to brunch and spend the afternoon going to different bars.  We might go out that night after a nap but yeah, day drinking is the shiz.

    Post # 28
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    2998 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I love the idea of a brunch wedding. Great options for food and usuallly cheaper. The only downside I see is that it is obviously earlier in the day and therefore might not be as much as a “party” there might not be as much dancing or drinking

    Post # 29
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    aekc:  The Publican is awesome!!!  I live about 3 blocks away 🙂  I love the whole neighborhood.  We have friends who got married there – we didn’t know them very well at the time so we weren’t invited to the wedding, but I’ve seen the pics and it looked amazing.  They had an entire suckling pig!!

    I will agree that a brunch reception doesn’t necessarily save money.  I wanted brunch just becauase that’s what I wanted, and I’m positive that we spend just as much as we would have at an evening reception – as you said, the difference is that we basically spent it all on the food/drink.  The good part was that the hotel is so gorgeous that we did no decor other than floral centerpieces, and we had use of the terrace, which was covered in plants and flowers.  I’m going to attach pics – maybe someone else will get inspired!

    Ouside of Rockefeller Chapel – ceremony venue

    inside of Rockefeller Chapel

    ballroom at the Peninsula 

    terrace at the Peninsula

    The happy couple!  🙂

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