(Closed) can we talk about brunch receptions?!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@dovelovesfalcon:  Yay for another morning wedding! We are having a morning ceremony followed by brunch on Friday, September 13. Like you, we have a small budget and are paying for everything ourselves, so we decided to nix the huge guest list we first came up with, and invite 60 of our nearest and dearest.

I haven’t figured out all the logistics yet but here it what I have so far: I’ll probably wake up about 7am to shower, eat a small meal, grab some coffee and then get ready. Our photographer will meet us at 10 so we can take some pre-ceremony pictures. Our ceremony will be at 10:45am at a local park with a natural spring. It’s beautiful! Then after that, everyone will walk over to a local brewpub that’s three blocks from the park for the brunch. We plan to have a photobooth and dancing. We will be there until 3pm, and after that, we plan to go back to our hotel to rest, possibly nap, and enjoy the soaking pool the hotel has. I assume we will grab dinner, either by ourselves or with a few family members and friends, and then head out to a bar somewhere for some karaoke and drinks with everyone we couldn’t invite.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

So happy you started this post 🙂

 

Our weddings could be twins! We are having a Sunday brunch ceremony + reception. It also starts at 11, and will be followed by cocktail hour and a brunch buffet reception at the same venue. 

Our venue is right on the bay with our reception room looking over the water, so we will be able to see sea otters, dolphins, seals, and possibly even whales while enjoying our meal! If we had our wedding at night, all of that beauty would be lost. Here is a picture looking off the balcony of our reception room:

I do have a quick question for other brunch brides. Our buffet package comes with bottomless mimosas and bloody maries, but neither my FI or I drink Bloody Maries, or know of anyone who does. Do you guys think they are a brunch must-have, or should we sub them for another brunch-style drink? Any recommendations?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We’re having a late morning wedding followed by brunch on 8-23-14, our 8th anniversary. We’re going to have cards and lawn games as our reception entertainment. Our venue is a restaurant known in the area for it’s Sunday brunches; its in a park right on the Milwaukee river. We are going to have a custom menu brunch buffet, but I don’t know the specifics yet. The caterer was supposed to get back to me…it’s been a week I suppose I should get on that.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Your weddings all sound awesome!  I love brunch.  

@peonies327:  Re: bloodies – I like them and will drink one once in a while, but I don’t know anyone (and I know a lot of drinkers, lol) who would drink bottomless bloodies.  They’re usually a recovery drink, so I could see it more for an after-wedding-night-reception breakfast.  I think just having mimosas and the option of beer might be more universally appealing for yours.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am a brunch freak too! 90% of my FI’s and my dates are brunch dates because I LOVE brunch!!

 

We are having a brunch reception after our 10AM wedding on October 20! 

 

We’ll be showing up at the venue at like 7 or 8AM to get ready in their bridal suite… and then the reception starts at 10AM and will be over by 10:30! From 10:30-11:30AM we’ll be taking pictures while, just a few yards away, the “cocktail hour” starts off. 

 

We’re having an open wine, beer, and mimosa bar. There will be a fruit tray, cheese tray, crackers, nuts, and coffee station for the “cocktail hour.”

 

At 11:30, everyone is sitting down, and there will be biscuits and jam on the tables. Then, we’ll have a 1st course, which we haven’t decided on yet… possibly a smoked salmon thing 🙂

 

Then, we’ll have a plated brunch. Guests do have to RSVP with their meal selection ahead of time.

 

There will be a mimosa toast in lieu of a straight champagne toast lol And our venue is including chocolate-covered strawberries w/ the cake! YUmmm.

 

I’m super excited for my morning wedding! It’ll all be over by 3 PM, and that suits us just fine 🙂

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I can tell you about mine!

Our venue was at a golf course and since they closed for the season a week before our wedding, we got a massive discount.  Instead of a $15,000 minimum, it was only a $5000 minimum.

Our ceremony was at 11am, so my girls and I spent the night at a hotel close to the venue.  My hairdresser arrived at 5am and my makeup girl came at 8.  I wanted us all to be ready by 10am so that we could get to the venue and get some of the pictures out of the way (photos of me, the BMs and then me with the BMs.)

Our ceremony was very short, probably about 15 minutes so we chatted with our guests outside and then took the rest of our photos while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour.  There was coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages, plus some fruits and pastries set out.  We also had a harpist play during cocktail hour.  At 12:45 we came back inside and the brunch buffet was served at 1.  We had a mix of breakfast and lunch foods – I honestly don’t remember what was served (that part of the day was a bit of a blur for me!) but I was told by multiple guests that it was the best wedding food they’d ever had. 

After brunch, the photobooth opened up for our guests to enjoy (this was a surprise gift from my MIL, my BIL, SIL and my own sister.  It wasn’t in our budget to have one, and I really wanted one so this was an amazing surprise and really made our wedding a whole lot of fun.)

We had a jazz trio playing, there wasn’t any dancing though, we’re not dancers and we just felt it would be a little strange to encourage it during the day lol.  We had dessert, cut our cake and then everyone left.  But the day wasn’t over…we invited all 100 of our guests to our house for dinner.  We had our favourite Thai restaurant (and where we had our first date) cater for us so one of the GM’s picked all the food up for us and brought it over.  We took all the food out of our fridge and stocked it with beer and coolers and had a blast.

I can definitely provide more details should you be looking for them!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@peonies327:  

What about bellinis? They are kind of like mimosas but yummier! Or you could do daquiris

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@peonies327:  I would do mimosas and instead of Bloody Mary’s, something like a screwdriver/tequila sunrise or Spanish coffee. A bellini is super similar to a mimosa and I honestly don’t like either, so it’d be nice to offer something different for those who aren’t as into champagne or sparkling wine.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Sounds lovely to me. Smile

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