(Closed) Brunch reception

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I am also having a brunch reception, although I think it’s a little later than most (I didn’t want the bridesmaids to have to get up too early to get ready). Our ceremony is at 11:30am, brunch reception starting probably around 12:30. 

Here’s our menu ($18/person):

Egg skillet with vegetarian and meat options
Prime rib carving station
Breakfast Potatoes
Waffle bar with all the fixings
Pastries, fruit, and yogurt for cocktail hour
Coffee, juice, milk

We are also planning to serve mimosas/bloody marys. The reception will last until 5pm. We will have a DJ, but also yard games for those who don’t feel like dancing. 

 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

We’re doing a brunch wedding! Our wedding is at 9 at the church, which is about 30 minutes from our reception site. We’ll have a post-ceremony cocktail hour in the church courtyard with the brunch reception starting at 11 am and going until 3 pm.

We’re doing classic brunch food for the meal and then having a donut bar instead of cake. We’re getting a local bakery to make us a giant donut for us to cut and then will have smaller donuts for everyone else. We’re also doing morning cocktails.

I know a couple that did a 10:30 ceremony and did a brunch reception that started at noon. Food was served around 1 pm, but no one seemed to mind the late brunch, so I think times are pretty flexible.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Cellar 222

A friend of mine did this last spring and it was lovely! She had the cermony at 10-ish. From 11-12 they provided breakfast like snacks (fruit skewers and yogurt dip, biscuits with butter, honey, and jam and other small pastries).

12 was the sit down meal. They made it an attended brunch and people could make their own waffles, pancakes and omelets. Plus there was oatmeal/ whole grain toast for the health nuts.

1-3 was speeches, first dance, m/s f/d dance and then the cake/dessert part.

Then it was over! Brunch weddings aren’t awesome for dancing or big party-lovers but they are beautiful and elegant. Mimosasand Bloody Mary’s are great for a non-dry option.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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amcgaughey89:  Mmmmm, I LOVE brunch! Congrats and have fun!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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rainpeliever:  What’s an attended brunch?  I haven’t heard that term before.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Cellar 222

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peas_and_carrots:  

Oh, sorry! It just means that a hired server or caterer was there to help set-up food and help regulate the line and make sure that everyone got some (so no one took like, 15 pancakes and left none for others).

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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amcgaughey89:  Have a menu similar to what 
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lr0901 suggested. Mimosas are a must. For the blood marys do a Blood Mary Bar! Guest will be able to add what they like for their Bloody Mary. YUM! 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I wanted to do a brunch reception, but the timing didn’t work out.  One idea that I wanted to implement is something I swiped from an art show I attended.  They took slices of smoked salmon, some cream cheese, onion, caper, cucumber, and tomato, and arranged it in the shape of a salmon.  It looked so pretty.  They put out tiny pumpernickel bread squares for people to build their own salmon canapes.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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amcgaughey89:  I attended a brunch wedding recently. The cermony started at 10:30 am which was fine for me but pretty miserable for the bride. She had to wake up at 5 am (along with her bridal party) to get her hair/makeup done and have time for pictures before the wedding. By the time we got to the reception she was exhausted. She also paid a bunch of money for a 6 piece band that no one danced to. The band was great but most people aren’t going to be dancing their socks off in the middle of the day. 

Please consider the timing implications of this when planning your wedding. Most weddings start in the afternoon to give the bride all day to get pampered and ready for her big day. 

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