(Closed) BRUNCH RECEPTION – how was your experience?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve actually waitressed at a few of these in college and they are so amazing. I think the key is to have a good mix of savory and sweet dishes and some light but fun cocktails (punch, mimosas, etc.)

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I hope nobody minds a little thread revival here!

So, let’s talk brunch. If you had a brunch wedding, how did it go? Anyone else planning one right now? I’d love to hear about it!

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@BostonBaby: I never mind a thread revival, especially about brunch! Ours went well, though I will say brunch outside in June in Tennessee can be a bit uncomfortable heat-wise. I was deadset on having brunch as well as having an outdoor reception, so while I don’t regret it, I think it would be better either indoors or in the spring or fall.

Our menu was a big hit, though I honestly think we had too much/too heavy food! Again, that had to do with the heat. We had “cocktail hour” passed appetizers that were awesome — mini cinnamon buns, mini bagels with cream cheese and salmon, and pieces of assorted fruit on skewers. I think having passed appetizers is very elegant and relaxed. It worked really well for us. I honestly think we could have added a couple waffle stations and a couple omelette stations and some sit-down tables and had our whole reception as a mingly, cocktail style party! Once everyone went into the tent where the buffet was, things died down quickly.

We also had a smoothie station that was a HUGE hit. I would absolutely recommend doing that. I think it was definitely the most popular aspect.

You can see my recaps with non-pro pics here 🙂 Good luck planning!

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee

@BostonBaby:

Hi Boston Baby, – I’m originally from MA too!  I got married “centuries” ago.  At least in our family, it seemed like weddings were an all day event!  Our Catholic ceremony was at 11 am, and we had our reception following photos, and then we had a family style dinner in the afternoon. (Not that anyone would HAVE to do that) – we probably left the banquet hall around 5-6pm, and then had an after-party at my parent’s house, with those family and friends they invited.  We went there (to sober-up my new husband-Long awful story), have food, and decided to open wedding gifts before heading out for our mini-moon.  Anyway, I had 41 first cousins -went to most of their weddings and I don’t remember anyone getting married in the evening.  But we have a crazy dancing family -we chose a small band, and danced like crazy all afternoon!

Post # 36
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It’s been a while since I posted, but I had a brunch reception at my wedding, and it was just lovely.  We didn’t have any dancing, since neither my husband or I are really into that, but had lots of fantastic food and music and mingling.  Our ceremony started at ten, and lasted about 45 minutes.  Since our reception took place in the church hall, our guests were able to grab a mimosa or caesar right away, and we ate about 20 minutes later.  We kept more on the breakfast side of things, but still had lots of delicious salads, deli meats, cheeses, fruits, etc.  I highly suggest a brunch wedding to anyone who wants something a little more low-key, or who might like to avoid dealing with folks who had too much to drink.  We kept our liquor costs down by only serving mimosas, caesars, and a little baileys or kahlua for those who wanted to spike their coffee.  I think everything wrapped up by two, which was perfect because I was exhausted.  I still don’t know how those with evening receptions keep their energy up!

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I can’t tell you all how nice it is to hear about successful brunches. Very encouraging!

@daniellemybelle: Wow, gorgeous wedding! Congratulations! It looks like the heat didn’t slow anything down 😀 We’ll have a combination of buffet and stations I think; breakfast foods will be French toast, eggs, omelettes, bacon, etc. and for the lunch-minded some salads, a salmon dish and a meat dish. Since we’re wintertime I think the slightly heavier foods will bo okay, and we’re considering mulled cider and spiked hot chocolate on top of the usual mimosas/fuzzy navels/coffees.

And, I love the idea of smoothies! I wonder if we did something like a coffee bar… hmm things to think about.

@[email protected]: 41 first cousins? How did you stay sane?! It sounds as though that all-day affair was relaxing and unrushed, which is definitely a vibe we like.

@MerryMary: “I still don’t know how those with evening receptions keep their energy up!” — That’s exactly how we feel! I’m not really a nightowl, so I feared my energy would give out around 10pm with two hours of the party left to go. And I’ll admit to a desire to limit the alcohol intake, for both financial and behavioral reasons.

I’m crossing my fingers that this can still be a formal, elegant day but with the romantic, intimate, and cozy atmosphere we want. And, y’know, some pretty delicious food in there too. I’m just so nervous about setting the right tone, I guess.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Can I do a really old thread revival in the hopes of hearing the outcome of some of these brunch receptions?  🙂

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

BUMP. Yes, I would love to hear how the brunch weddings were? Or even some pics! 

Post # 40
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Helper bee

I’d like to see some pics too!

Post # 42
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

we’re doing a brunch reception as well! CANNOT WAIT!

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Boo-urns. We had initially planned on doing a brunch wedding when we thought we were on our own to pay for the wedding. However, now that my parents have become involved – they indicated that they would be more than happy to pay for the reception if we went with the traditional evening reception instead. My dad is kind of a bigwig at a bank and frankly, I think he’s afraid that he will look cheap to his colleagues that will be there.

I told him I would be quite happy to have a very expensive, fancy-schmancy brunch reception but ultimately, our families have expressed so much excitement at the news of our engagement that I think I would rather have an evening party with them now.

Regardless – I think brunch receptions are so classy and such a beautiful alternative to a traditional reception and who doesn’t LOVE some brunch food?  I wonder if I can convince my parents to have a breakfast for dinner option at an evening reception – lol!

Post # 43
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I know this is a really old post, but hoping to see how everyone’s brunch wedding went! I will be having a brunch wedding next year and am really curious about it all (timeline, dancing, food, hotels, etc.). I’m going to replace a wedding cake with a waffle cake. I’m so excited!!

Hope to hear from some of you!

Post # 44
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Are any of these venues mentioned above in the Bay Area or Wine Country in California? I’m planning to host a morning wedding followed by a brunch/ lunch reception next year and I’m trying to gather venue ideas.

I’m looking for an all inclusive place (dining tables, chairs, linens, china etc.), ability to host ceremony and reception and keep the site fees and food under $10K. Any help is appreciated!

You are also welcome to post suggestions on my thread:

Brunch Reception Venues in Bay Area and Wine Country

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by  nataliecjy.
Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I’m planning a weekend wedding at a big country house, so I get the best of both worlds- a dinner after the wedding and a brunch the next day!

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