BRUNCH RECEPTION – how was your experience?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I’ve been to one, and it was a big hit. The couple were big foodies and not into dancing, etc, so they went the brunch route. It was so delicious and fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ The spread was ridonk.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh! Oh! Me! Me!

Well, I haven’t gotten married yet, but we are going to have a brunch reception. I was inspired by my Maid/Matron of Honor, for whom I was Maid/Matron of Honor, and her amazing outdoor brunch reception. Hers was spectacular. It’s a great idea if you want to save money, and if you are looking for a more laidback, mingling reception rather than a big party. She had about 125 guests and it was great, everyone had a good time and hung out all day. The emphasis is on delicious food and great conversation rather than traditional reception activities and dancing, so if you are non-traditional, I think brunch is a great idea — obviously ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s definitely unexpected, and brunch is very elegant, so you can have that “touch of class” to an otherwise more relaxed gathering.

I have to go, but I can post more details later of my wedding plans, my menu and timeline, etc. if you want. I am always SO excited to talk brunch weddings with people!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I am interested to hear your experiences as well. Due to venue changes and our honeymoon flight, we are having a brunch reception with our morning wedding. As disappointed as I am to not have dancing at the wedding(we’re having a dancing get together the night before) I think it’ll be fun and a lot more relaxed. How long were your brunch receptions(how long did people stay)? Did you have any activities to stand in place of people not dancing? Would love any tips!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

my friend had one and it was so yummy! they had breakfast foods [for a noon wedding] and there were waffles, french toast, an omlette station and even grits. i’ve just made myself hungry all over again.

they went with a brunch menu because the bride absolutely loves breakfast and it really turned out well. they had about 170ish guests and while the caterer could have been a bit quicker refilling the warming trays, i ate everything on my plate. plus there were still plenty of dancing even with an early wedding reception.

i’m not sure how long people stayed, i left around 4pm and they looked like the party was still going strong.

i think this is a great option though! i love eating breakfast all day.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

This is what my grandma did!  The pictures are so elegant, there were cake stands piled with pastries and mimosas.  It looked fabulous, good luck!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I had a lunch wedding, not a brunch wedding and it turned out very well.  I served prime rib and halibut with salad and lobster bisque.  People loved the food and the dancing as well.  We had the DJ shut all the blinds and turn on dance lights to encourage people to dance.  It was great because all the guests didn’t have to take time off work to go to the wedding and they loved it.

It saved us A LOT of money where we were able to get the money for half the cost it would normally be on a Saturday.

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh, hive, you don’t know how this warms my heart to be talking about brunch receptions! I know there are others out there having brunch receptions, but I haven’t met many on Weddingbee yet.

Miss Damask: You can definitely still have dancing at a brunch reception! I think people are less likely to dance at an earlier reception sometimes, but if you have these three things I think you should go for it – A) a venue that lends itself to dancing, like hhcheung’s, where you can dim the lights and get down! B) guests that enjoy dancing – if your friends and family aren’t huge dancers, it may not work, but some people will dance no matter what time of day! and C) a good DJ. Miss Joey has talked about how her iPod reception didn’t go that well because in the daytime, you need a DJ to get people on the dance floor and play the right songs to keep them there. Also, alcohol helps, so some mimosas definitely won’t hurt if that’s your style ๐Ÿ™‚

Having said all that, I still think most brunch receptions are better suited to mingling rather than dancing. That’s what we’re doing, and we’re having an “after party” for all the dancing! I think its great that you are having a dance party the night before, and it will start the weekend off with a lot of fun and celebration that will just carry over to your wedding day!

At my friend’s brunch reception, people stayed all day! From like 10am to 5 or 6pm. It was definitely a relaxed atmosphere, like a family picnic. Without the traditional reception timeline, a lot of people will just sit back with old friends and chat the day away over delicious food. I don’t know that will happen at our reception because its likely it will get pretty hot outside by about 2pm, but that’s still 3 hours, and without dancing that’s not a short reception by any means. 

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Okay, so I am going to do what I said I don’t do and bump this, because there has been recent talk in the hive about daytime weddings, like in Corgi’s post, and about the logistics of a morning wedding in meesky’s post. I thought resurfacing this thread could be good for those of us planning daytime weddings, not just brunch. I know I have concerns unique to the fact my wedding is in the morning but I am still really excited about it! Anyone else in the same boat?

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@danielle: i love the brunch weddings to be honest with you! i cannot wait to see pictures from yours etc… m unfortunately believes you can only get married on a saturday night (roll eyes) whateva…

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@crebre: Thanks! I’m nervous about it going off well but I think its gonna be great! Our menu makes my stomach growl every time I look at it!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

PS: I did some sniffing around and it looks like Petunia had a brunch reception, though she doesn’t really mention it in her recaps. I know at least one other bee did too… can someone get them over here??

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I went to a fantastic brunch reception for my boss’s daughter’s wedding.  The food was great and everyone loved it.  I believe they did have an “after party” for their close family and friends. In fact, I think the bridal party actually rented a limo and went bar hopping that evening.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My first wedding had a brunch reception. There were about 50 guests. It was a champagne brunch buffet, so the food was delicious and all the guests could eat, and it was nice because the champagne was included in the price of the meal (a.k.a. cheap! lol…) Everyone had a really great time and we had a DJ and dancing. The lasts guests left around 2:30 or 3 p.m.

The only downside was later that evening MANY of our guests showed up at our place ready for an afterparty. We were already asleep by then! lol…

I actually want to do a brunch again (complete with dancing!) and then an after party later for all us adults.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I’m having a lunch reception in just over three weeks, so I’ll post and let you know how it goes.  Our ceremony is at noon and food service starts right after.  We are having wine/beer and a DJ for dancing, so hopefully people will get up and dance!  ๐Ÿ™‚

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