Post # 1
Hi Ladies! After browsing weddingbee’s boards all night Ive come to the conclusion I need to start solidifying some of my reception plans. First, a bit of background:
We are having two (maybe three) receptions. Our first will include the ceremony where our families will meet for the first time. We are thinking no more than 30 ppl for this. Our venue? Our home! Our second reception will be in the city we met, probably a year from now with extended families and all our friends. There is talk of a third reception hosted by Mr. W’s parents in the country where they live, again, probably a year or more from now.
I have just moved in with Mr. W. He has a fabulous open concept formal living/dining room. We are thinking of clearing the room completely (dont worry, its pretty bare), repainting, and renting one long table to seat everyone at. Since we need to allocate our funds carefully, we need to keep this as low key as possible- without compromising the elegance of the wedding ceremony.
My thoughts: Brunch. Hire a caterer to come into our house and prepare eggs, omelets, Belgian waffles, and crepes for our guests. Our centerpieces will be a combination of flowers, croissants, muffins, decanters of juices, butters, and jams. Functional yet eye catching. I can prepare menu cards for each guest and the chef or server can take their order while they munch on the muffins/breads. The main point is to bring our two families together, with them living in separate countries there is a possibility they may never see each other again (although we hope they will once grandchildren come into the picture!!) Our families also have very different cultural backgrounds.. I know my family is more meat and potatoes. Mr. W’s is all about the spice and rice. Breakfast, however, is pretty standard no matter where you come from. Condiments can spice it up for his side, or sweeten it up for mine.
What do you all think? Has anyone done something like this before? Any other ideas for me?!
Post # 3
We are having a brunch reception so of course I think this is a great idea! It also sounds like a perfect compromise, and lovely laid back meal for your intimate family gathering. Perfect!
Post # 4
This type of occasion sounds perfect for brunch. Just one cautionary note – not sure where his parents are from, but make sure breakfast foods are similar over there (or if not, include some of their foods). One of my BM’s SO is from Turkey, and when his parents came to visit for the first time she found out the idea of breakfast is very different there 🙂
Post # 5
Good advice, thanks! Ill do some research…
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
My sister had a brunch reception and it was great! There are so many goregous at home weddings, I feel like there is tons of inspiration out there waiting to be discovered by you.
My husband and I are from different countries and it was really nice to have everyone together one time, because you’re right – it’s really unlikely that that will ever happen again. 🙁
Post # 7
I think that sounds lovely – but I agree about finding out what your FIs culture does for breakfast!
Post # 8
Can I come?.. That sounds amazing to me.. so intimate and elegant!
Post # 9
Aw, thanks Br1tSh1n1ngStar!
I found out what the future in-laws eat.. and I think Im safe! Im going to serve omelets and have multiple cheeses, meats, and veggies- that way they can add what they like and my family will still have options they like too. I think some of my ideas are coming together.. this is so fun! Thanks for all the input!