Brunch reception menu sound ok?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Mimosa bar 

 

and invite me 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

It sounds a lot more like lunch than brunch to me. I’d be kind of disappointed if I was invited to a brunch reception and there weren’t more breakfast-type options. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

headoverboots :  Oh okay, that definetly adds more of a brunch feel!

Post # 7
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Honey bee

Is the shrimp and grits thing also a customizable bar or just the shrimp and grits?

I know this sounds incredibly lazy, but when I’m somewhere nice, I don’t want to have to spend my time assembling my own food.  Things get cold while I assemble and I spend more time putting my food together than eating it.  One customizable station is fine – like a mashed potato bar or omelette station, but not when it’s my main and all of my sides, too.  It also slows down the lines.

So with that said, I would add some premade salads instead of having people make their own out of hot dog bar remnants – maybe a caesar salad and garden or spinach, or even a veggie filled pasta salad.  I would also add a vegetable to counterbalance a very starch-heavy menu – roasted asparagus or grilled vegetable trays.  And also a nice composed dish that doesn’t require assembly by your guests like quiche (which is good warm or at room temp) or a strata.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Everything but the hot dog bar sounds like brunch food to me. But my father ate shrimp and grits or catfish and grits for breakfast often so maybe I’m just familiar with it. ๐Ÿ˜„ Honestly depending on when your reception starts you might want to call it lunch or not specify its a brunch menu. Some people have specific expectations, heaven forbid you don’t serve quiche or waffles for brunch. ๐Ÿ™„  Our ceremony is at 11, then cocktail hour so we’re calling it a lunch reception.

Post # 10
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Honey bee

Well, that’s true of every food you could possibly ever conceive of though.  But at least with a premade salad, let’s say you have 100 guests who will eat salad – at least 50% of them will take it as is.  You might have another 25% who hate cherry tomatoes and will pick them out of their portion of the salad, and then whoever is left being picky enough that they just prefer to assemble their own salad off the buffet or just not have salad and eat something else.  So that’s only 25 people holding up the line by 2-3 minutes per person while they assemble their salad from the hot dog bar and the other 75 taking 30 seconds to scoop up a premade and a dressing instead of 100 people holding up the line to assemble their salad. 

Choices are a good thing, but some people get very indecisive when confronted with too many choices and that causes long lines waiting.  There are just some things where having customization is more hassle than the benefit. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

Yum!

as a Brit a lot of this food like grits and biscuits are unknown to me but it all sounds fabulous. 

As a vegetarian, if you had veggie hot dog option on that stand it would be AMAZING! They are cheap to buy. You may not have any veggie guests though so it might be irrelevant. 

In the uk we hardly ever, dare I say never have a brunch type wedding (they are generally all day affairs) so this seems really different but fun to me. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Sounds yummy, nice amount of variety. I second another vegetarians suggestion of veggie dogs, but that may be irrelevant. Tbh I’d be more than happy with crepe cake, buiscuits, cookies , pastries and fruit ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

headoverboots :  This may not be possible, but have you considered a waffle bar? And rather than a hot dog station, maybe have a sausage station with different types of sausage  (breakfast sausage, turkey sausage, chicken sausage with different flavors, etc).  So the idea would still be similar, but it would be a little more formal than hot dogs. Plus sausage would tie into the brunch theme better. You know your guests best though!

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