(Closed) Brunch Reception Bees!!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We wanted a brunch but it ended up not working. I am normally a seated-meal person, but I think for brunch, a buffet is best. We wanted cooks at stations to make omelets and eggs benedict and then to have things like breakfast meats, waffles, scrambled eggs, etc. in chafing dishes. We were also going to have salads and a carving station. The part I was MOST excited about was the bar: mimosas, bloody marys, champagne, juices, and sodas. We were also still going to have a cocktail hour with hors d’ouevres.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We are doing a brunch wedding! Reception and ceremony are at the same place –

1030-11 morning cocktails- mimosa and bloody Mary bars, basically different fruits or mixes to put in the drinks to customize them

” appetizers ” mini donuts w a shot glass of milk, mini blueberry pancakes on skewers, mini egg mcmuffins etc

11-1130 informal ceremony

1130-12:15 continue “cocktail hour”

12:15-1 special dances

1-3:30 brunch and dancing

We are having an after party that night w a different band for the younger guests from 8-12

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Hi @lacelibs !  We are doing a short/informal ceremony as a way to get straight to the dancing! (which I know you said you might do without)  also, our venue isnt big enough to set up an entire seated ceremony and then take it down to set up table settings that fast… so we are having most people stand ( mimosa in hand!) and only settig up about 40 chairs for our oldest guests and making a small aisle.  Everyone else will be around us standing, or up in the balcony looking down on us ( the bar is up on the 2nd floor and it is open to the dance floor)  

 

We are doing 2 readings from literature… one from a childrens book (I am a kindergarten teacher) and one my Fiance loves. But nothing like “love it patient, love is kind etc)   only one bridesmaid/groomsman.  simple short… walking down the aisle to a song from my favorite musical and then the procession leads directly into our first dance (also a song from a musical)

 

The band is a sinatra cover band.. so lots of classics that appeal to all ages… and appeal to people early in the morning (more so than rap would!)

I didnt want people “stumbling drunk” at my wedding.. and I think brunch is the best meal of the day 🙂  but we still wanted a party all night feel… thats why we are having a really big after party — rented out a fun bar, have a great 90s cover band etc. 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@Lacelibs:  Our first choice venue won’t do them on Sunday mornings because they have a very popular beachside brunch that requires their full kitchen services as well as the space where we would have the reception.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Depending on the location they might close it for you.  If they only gross 10k on an average Sunday but you’re guarantelong 15k it’s worth it for them.   

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hi @Dancensations – I am a DC bride to be also and we were thinking about brunch reception. May I ask if you are having your wedding at a hotel (all inclusive) or are you using a caterer? I would love to hear more details! Thanks and congratulations on your wedding!!

 

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Hi,

I’m also a DC area bride.  I’m still in the beginning stages of wedding planning but I’m considering a brunch wedding too!  My fiance is catholic and really wants to get married at his church but they have a 5pm mass on the weekends.  So that limits the times we could have our ceremony.  I’m thinking a morning wedding followed by brunch would be perfect instead of an early afternoon ceremony with a few hours gap before the reception.

 

I did see this DC brunch reception online that took place at the Arts Club of Washington.

http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/03/21/washington-d-c-wedding-by-amelia-johnson-photography/

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Lacelibs:  i know this post is from 5 months ago, but i’m having a brunch wedding on 7-6-13!  our budget is VERY small and we’re paying for it entirely ourselves, so this seemed like the most economical choice!  at first i was a little bummed, but now i’m stoked.  firstly because I LOVE BRUNCH!  i live in a big city and it’s almost uncommon to NOT get brunch on the weekends.  also, when our wedding is over, my new husband and i will be able to go and get dinner alone and relish in the fact that we’re married!  this idea makes me so excited.  finally, after dinner, we’ll be going out on the town in our wedding getups (it gave me the excuse to purchase a shorter, less formal dress) with our closest friends for the after-party!  i can’t wait!

my day will begin at 6am when our makeup and hair stylists will begin doing hair and makeup for myself and the 9 closest ladies in my life (my mom, his mom, my sister/MOH, 5 BMs, 1 junior BM) at my hotel suite.  our photographer will arrive at the hotel at 9-9:30 for pictures before we leave for the venue.  the ceremony is starting at 11am with cocktail hour and then reception immediately after in the same location. our ceremony will be outside- fingers crossed for a perfect summer day!  we have a string trio that will be playing the ceremony music beginning at 10:30 as guests start to make their way to their seats.  our ceremony will be short, sweet, and non-secular.  we haven’t decided yet if we want readings or anything like that. 

the string trio will continue to play throughout cocktail hour.  we’re doing beer, wine, mimosas and bloody marys (i’m obsessed w/bloody marys!).  during cocktail hour, we’ll have trays of fresh fruit, pastries and bagels out for guests to pick on.  after cocktail hour, we will have a buffet spread of scrambled eggs, french toast, bacon and sausage, roasted potatoes, cavatelli with broccoli in an oil and garlic sauce, chicken picatta, and a salad of mixed greens with grape tomatoes, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, gorgonzola, and apple slices.  one of my bridesmaids is a cupcake baker and has graciously donated her services for dessert.  my fiance’s cousin’s fiance (that’s a mouthful!) will be baking the groom’s cake- a cake in the shape of a dirtbike (my fiance used to race motorcross- at one point he was 8th in the nation- he was only 13 but i love to brag!).  

we’re not huge dancers- but we are music snobs- so we’re opting for the old iPad instead of a DJ.  knowing our friends, a dance party could erupt anywhere as long as there’s speakers and spotify!  we’re also using an iPad for a photobooth (http://www.weddingboothapp.com/) by mounting it to a mic stand using this guy (http://tinyurl.com/a3yt8ma).

for decor, we’ll have a ton of DIY elements.  our “theme” is vintage/handmade/rustic and mostly just comfortable.  we don’t want anything to feel too stuffy.  i made a sign that says our names with a heart and arrow pointing toward the location using salvaged wood and white paint.  i made chalkboard table numbers using picture frames and chalkboard paint.  i made a seating chart using kraft tags, twine, and an old window pane (pics to come!).  i made the boutonnieres from fake flowers and leaves from a local craft store.  we have mason jars wrapped with lace and twine which i’ll be planting succulents in for the centerpieces- like this:

i think some tables will have succulents, some flowers- not sure yet.  i was a little nervous as to how i’m going to get all these DIY pieces to the venue,  set them up to how i want them to look, etc. which is why i hired a day-of-coordinator.  we didn’t really have room in the budget for this, but i found a retired party planner and i contacted her to see if she’d like to make a little bit of extra $ on a saturday.  she knows my venue well and was thrilled to be asked to do a wedding again.  she’s going to be at my rehearsal where i will give her everything- all the DIY pieces, centerpieces, etc. and she will arrive to my venue early in the morning to make sure it all looks perfect.  because she is retired, she is only charging me $200- which i’ll gladly pay for piece of mind!

i haven’t decided yet if i want to order from an online wholesaler, or if i want to take a trip to trader joe’s to pick up our flowers.  either way, i’m having my bridesmaids and some family members help me put together bouquets and centerpieces the day before the wedding. 

for the stationery- i used vistaprint for our Save-The-Date Cards (i just posted them here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-just-finished-our-save-the-dates-in-vistaprint) and i downloaded a printable wedding set from EM Papers (http://empapers.com/) which i’ll be printing myself on ivory card stock with kraft envelopes.  i will be adding a map to the invitation suite which i made in paint! i’ll also be printing the place cards myself.

our reception will be over at 4pm and i think it’s a perfect time for everyone to go back to the hotel, relax, eat, and get ready to go out for the after party at night!

i see that you’re wedding is in april- are you still planning a brunch wedding?  tell me about it!

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