Post # 1
My fiance and I have decided to hold a brunch reception following our morning wedding. We’re not having dancing, but there will be games (bocce ball etc) and other activities. I’ve been wondering about timing so I have some questions for those of you who have had brunch receptions, are planning one, or have been to one before.
Suppose the ceremony starts at 10am and the reception starts at 11am. Is there enough time between the ceremony and the reception to take photos? Should we push the reception back to 11:30 or 12? Or is there another option?
How long would it take for me and my 2 bridesmaids to get our hair done? Am I likely to find a hair dresser that would be cool with such an early morning appointment?
The ceremony and the reception are at the same place, my fiance’s grandparents backyard, so the guests won’t have to travel in between. Is there something I can plan to keep the guests occupied while we’re doing photos and while the chairs are being moved for the receptions? I was planning on providing a continental breakfast sort of bar thing with muffins and scones and preserves and stuff. Is there anything else that you can think of?
Also, how do guests know the reception is over? does the day just sort of fizzle out? What should we (bride and groom) do after the reception? I worry that it will feel kind of anticlimactic to just go to the hotel and have dinner by oureselves. We’re NOT party people though, so we’re not interested in any kind of after party at a club or anything.
I have so many other questions, but this will do for now. Its been so long since I’ve been to a wedding, and I’ve never been to a morning wedding before… Any insight or help you guys can give me would be so helpful. THANKS
Post # 3
I’d suggest adding some fruit and some sort of protien to your breakfast menu. Also, make sure none of your guests have celiac disease.
Post # 4
The continental breakfast is really just intended to be a sort of time killer/cocktail hour stand-in. But I think adding some fruit is a good idea. There will be plenty of protein during the actual reception though
Post # 6
mimosas would keep them busy =)
Post # 7
Yeah, I was at almost the exact same kind of ceremony. While photos were happening, we drank coffee, mimosas, and bloody marys. We also had access to muffins, bagels, and fruit. Then, at the reception, there was an omelette bar, a waffle bar, salad, bacon/sausage, and ham. The salad and ham made it a bit more like lunch if that’s what people wanted. I’d say the meal started at 11:30.
Post # 8
My friends had a brunch reception and as PP said, we had mimosas and people mingled for about an hour. Since you said you have games, that could add to what people can do during that “cocktail hour” period.
They also had a musician playing in the background while people were eating, so when he was finished, it was everyone’s signal to say their goodbyes and that the reception was over.
Also, I think they ended up hanging out with her family later that day – they came in from out of town and were leaving the next day. Maybe you could have a small dinner out with a few important people – like a reverse rehearsal dinner?
Post # 9
Hi! So I’m basically planning the same timeline as you. Here’s how my day is shaking out:
5:30am Start hair and makeup. I have 3 people doing hair, 3 doing make up. We’ll probably actually start services around 6am, but our goal is to be done by 9/9:30. They’re planning an hour just for me.
9:15 and 9:40 Guest shuttles to the venue
10:00am Briidal party pick up
10:30 Ceremony start
11-12pm Cockail hour, wedding party photos
1:30-3:00pm First dance, cake cutting,lawn games, etc.
Post # 10
I’m doing the same thing….
5:30 Day starts girls all meet at my house (one will bring Starbucks with her)
6:15 Get on the road to venue (we have a 45 min drive)
7:00 begin hair & make up…
I’m doing a simple semi-up doo for time purposes (my sis will be doing my hair b/c there was no way I was paying for someone to come out at that time)
9:15 Ready for Bridal Party Pics
I will do pics with my girls & my soon to be with his guys. We will NOT be doing first looks, but thought this would help with time for the inbetween ceremony & reception
9:30 There will be coffee, juice, & water available for the guests
10:00 Ceremony Starts
10:30/1045 Ceremony over & Recieving line done
Guests will directly head to reception where there will be startes:
fruit skewers w/ fruit dip
mini cinnamon rolls
We will be following this timeline on theknot
I wasn’t going to do dancing b/c it was so early but with this timeline I felt that it would go over better than I originally expected
Our Brunch Menu will be:
Mixed Salad Greens w/ 2 choices of Dressing
Crustless Quiche Casserole
Mini Cocktail Croissant Sandwiches
Southwest Chicken Salad
French Toast Casserole w/ Maple Syrup
Post # 11
My suggestion would be to go straight from your ceremony into the start of your reception, leaving pictures for the afternoon when your reception is over. Then your guests aren’t waiting for you, which seems especially silly when both events are in the same location. I would really, really suggest you don’t push the reception back- your guests are already there, host them appropriately, and don’t make them wait around.
As for how long it will take for your hair, it really depends on the type of style you are going for. I would suggest trying to find a stylist that will come to you because this will cut down on your travel time which will be a good thing with such an early start, and also because many salons are not willing to open before 9AM, and that will be too late for you.
Post # 12
Oh I forgot to add that we’ll be doing pictures as the guests are doing starters
We have from 1045-1115 about 30 minutes for pics (primarily family pics) so the guests won’t be waiting too long
We’re also looking to doing another session with our photog after the wedding for more party shots if we want
Post # 13
Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments and suggestions. This helps SO much!
Thanks for posting your timelines. This gives me a better idea of what is realistic. I really had no idea where to start in order to figure this out.
I like what everyone said about having mimosas available during our “cocktail hour.” That sounds very smart.
Thanks for your input. I agree with what you’ve said about not keeping our guests waiting. I’m really trying to make the whole day more about being with our guests than just being about us as a couple…. We only have our photographer for 4 hours though, so we need to squeeze the photos in sometime….
Anyone else have other ideas?
Post # 14
I am impressed you ladies have managed to fit everything in time wise.
I’m having a freak out because our ceremony starts at 12 for a 3:00 reception.