(Closed) Brunch Reception – Logistical Questions

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 6
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

mimosas would keep them busy =)

Post # 7
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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

12-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-3:00pm First dance, cake cutting,lawn games, etc.

Post # 10
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

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:

juice bar

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

Country Potato

Mini Cocktail Croissant Sandwiches

Southwest Chicken Salad


French Toast Casserole w/ Maple Syrup


Post # 11
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

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 # 14
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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.


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