(Closed) Waffles + Dancing: Feedback on Brunch Reception Requested!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I really really wanted to do this! I’m so super jealous. (although my wedding was perfect ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think you could hold on to the fun atmosphere if done correctly.

Post # 4
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it’s a lovely idea, but if you want people to dance I think it’s very unlikely to happen.  People usually dance after having a few drinks to loosen them up, it’s unlikley people are going to “cut loose” at an afternoon reception.  I know I would be unlikely to dance and more likley to leave the reception early.   However if your friends and families aren’t big into dancing/partying it would be a great idea to save some money!

Post # 5
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Cornhusker: You wouldn’t have mimosa’s and bloody mary’s? Perhaps some irish coffee? I would drink my little heart out while eating some french toast and I would totally get up and do a little jig. 

I could imagine an outdoor wedding on a patio. Pastel round lanterns hanging over head. I think a band would make a great choice for something like this. Bridesmaids in cute knee length dresses with cardigans. Eeks! I love it. 

Post # 6
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I just went to a brunch wedding out in Napa.  It was a lot of fun.  There was dancing but it wasn’t as long or as crazy as some of the evening weddings I’ve been to but it didn’t need to be.  We all had a blast.

Post # 7
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I will drink after noon. lol Put the Electric Slide on and my friends and I will dance at any time of the day.

Post # 8
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve been to one brunch wedding. The food was awesome, don’t get me wrong, but it was a very strange reception because the normal schedule of events just didn’t… translate well to daytime I guess. There was no dancing, no music, no alcohol or toasts because it was morning, and the whole day was done and wrapped up by 2 pm. If you’re cool with that, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a brunch wedding, but I don’t think you can expect a big dance party and all that either. People feel weird getting buckwild at 11 am, LOL.

Post # 9
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve been to a brunch reception. I drank a few mimosas, and tried to dance, but it felt strange dancing in the middle of the day in a tent. The DJ was good, and if it was a night reception, I would have been dancing the night away, but I guess not many people were in the mood in the early afternoon.  I ended up leaving the reception an hour early. It was super nice, but definitely not the same level of formality and not the same atmosphere as a night wedding.

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

We’re having a brunch reception.

Having Music & Dancing, but no alcohol (we/family/friends don’t drink)

We’ve added a fun guestbook of color pages that will be collected and even possibly read during our toasting time or later (any funny/outrageous advices/tips)

It’s also indoor and lights will be dimmed for atmosphere… but not candle light b/c it doesn’t fit the “formality” of our theme

here’s our timeline:

10:45     Guest head to Reception

                Starters Available

                (Bridal Party & Family Pictures)

11:15     Emcee Introduce the Party & Bride & Groom

                First Dance

 Unforgettable – Natalie/Nat Cole

11:20     Welcome Speech

                Prayer over food

11:30     Brunch Served

Toasts – Starting with the Best Man through the meal time

12:00     Father-Daughter Dance

                My Wish – Rascal Flatts

                40- Minute power Dance set

12:40     The Cake Cutting

                                Sugar Sugar – The Archies

12:45     Staff plates & serves cupcakes

1:00       Guests are seated for cake/cupcakes

1:15       Bouquet Toss

                                Move B*/One Way of Another

              Garter Toss

                                You Can Leave Your Hat On

1:20        Final Dance set begins

                Most Upbeat music plays now

1:55        The Last Dance

   More Today Than Yesterday – Spiral Starecase


Also, here’s the link for our final Menu and the process for pre-ceremony coffee, starters, and the meal




Post # 11
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had a brunch reception and it was awesome!  We had our ceremony at 11:30, then a cocktail hour (we served beer, wine, mimosas and bloody marys), then brunch was served at 12:45.  We had a photobooth which was super fun, and a good activity for people to do.  I will tell you that there was no dancing other than our one first dance.  A wedding is a formal event no matter what, but I’d say that being daytime makes it slightly more casual than an evening wedding.  

Post # 12
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re having an early afternoon wedding sans alcohol, too. Our friends and family are used to dancing without alcohol, so I don’t think it will slow us down any. We’re really not crazy party people, though, and that wouldn’t change no matter what time of day it is.

I think you can expect people to dance to your standard wedding music, but we’ll probably leave Ke$ha off the playlist :).

Post # 13
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We’re doing a brunch wedding. We’re not big drinkers or dancers and we ususally go to bed at 9:00 PM so it’s a perfect fit for us! I’m especially excited about having the majority of the day to spend with my new husband alone- we plan on getting a hotel room nearby and relaxing together for the entire evening. Oh, and we’ve definitely saved a ton of money because off the off-peak timing.

I think you can pull of a dancing reception if you go for more of an outdoor festival feel over a nighttime club feel. Live music would probably help a lot.

Post # 14
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I love the idea of a brunch reception. I am with mwitter80 and misstattoo on the willingness to drink mimosas and bloody marys while happily munching on waffles and bacon. (mmmmm bacon…)

I don’t think having a brunch reception would diminsh the formality of the occasion but fewer guests would likely dance that early in the day. However, if you love dancing and have great music that you and your guests can enjoy that is all that matters ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are having a Brunch Reception and I am very excited about it ๐Ÿ™‚

There will definitely be drinking, since most of the guests are Russian there would be a mini coup/revolution if there were no drinking ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be serving Mimosas, Belinis, Bloody Marys, Irish Coffees as well as wine. My Fiance and I are not dancers, all my friends know about it, so they don’t expect to have a crazy dancing party. Also, all of my friends have no problems dancing at any time of the day, so I expect that there will be at least some kind of dancing happening.

Our schedule is:

10-10.30 – guest arrival
10.30-11.00 – ceremony
11-12 – cocktails
12-4 – Brunch

with an “after party” at a near by pub after 4pm.

Post # 16
18 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

We are doing a brunch reception as well. Ceremoney is at 11 a.m. with brunch immediately following. We are having mimosa’s, wine, and bloody mary’s and we are having a DJ. I am keeping a wait and see how it goes attitude about dancing. We are doing a bride/groom first dance, Father/daughter, and Mother/Son. After that we’ll see. After the reception (at 6 p.m.) we are going a sunset boat cruise and will have a dj then too.

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