(Closed) Wedding Breakfast Reception

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t have any answered to your questions but I can offer support.  I love this idea, and my fiance and I have discussed a Brunch on Sunday Reception.  Love it!!

Post # 4
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I dont think an elegant brunch is a bad idea at all but doing it yourself I can’t imagine. Brunch or Breakfasts that I usually have been to have some stations where it’s made to order omelets, waffles, crepes, pasta stations.

Post # 5
4824 posts
Honey bee

I think its a great idea and I like your food options as well.

If you think some people will expect alcohol at a night reception, just be aware that they may also expect some mimosas at a late breakfast reception as well.


Pancakes can be kept warm if made ahead, an omelet station is an idea, but you would need more than one person making them and even then it would be slow so probably not a great idea (and expensive considering the people needed to man it and experienced people so DIY would be pretty hard)

Brunch also often has certain salads, smoked fishes, roasts (like a roast beef sliced to order) and not just pure breakfast foods like tortellini or bean salads. That would be a nice savory addition to your menu which has a lot of sweet and baked goods.

Post # 7
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@secondchances: Quiches are a good option for another egg dish that’s a lot less work. They can be made ahead and served slightly warm or even room temperature.

By the way, I like the breakfast idea. I considered doing a brunch reception for a while but ended up going with the standard dinner because my fiance and I really want all the music and dancing and stuff that just seems weird so early in the day. Too bad, though, breakfast foods are my favorite!

Post # 10
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

dont worry, a breakfast reception would not look cheap 🙂 Although I do warn you against make-ahead pancakes. They turn really gritty/dry really quick if you can’t keep them warmed right: Also, i say nix the cappuccino. You’ve got so much drink variety as is that no one would miss it

Post # 11
4824 posts
Honey bee

@secondchances: poached eggs are really easy to do ahead of time and kept warm and served quickly.


Think abot the omelettes. Assuming the people are working 8 pans and they are experienced it will take about 3-4 minutes per omellette. If only 100 people wanted an omelltete (I bet more would)  that is nearly an hours worth of omellette making!

Also look into stratas. Those are great make ahead breakfast recipes that can be sweet or savory. like this


or this


As for other recipes you could do a cold totellini salad with pesto, roasted yellow peppers (or blanched) and 1/2 cherry tomatoes. It would be really pretty with all the colors and tasty. If you dress the morning of, it can be made the day ahead as well.

If people like this kind of thing and its in your budget smoked salmon with bagel thins, chive cream cheese, thin sliced red onions is really really yummy and classy!

Also a antipasta platter would be great with olives, marinated mushrooms, roasted red peppers, cured meats like salami and prosciutto with sliced cheeses and some crackers or crustinis.

Post # 12
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I love this idea!  I wish Fiance was a morning person so we could do this!


In addition to quiche and the other options pp have mentioned some other savory dish ideas are:

Savory crepes (filled with cheeses, meats or veggies)

Croque madams (sp) the ham and cheese sandwich using french toast instead of plain bread, you could cut them into cute little pieces

Filled croissants, i’ve had a nice one with cheddar and broccoli and others with ham and swiss but you could probably do any filling you like (the ones I had were almost like a strudel)

I love breakfast sandwiches but I’m not sure how you could make them fancier






Post # 13
1267 posts
Bumble bee

What a fabulous idea!!! I love it! If you want, I can give you some ideas from the brunches we do here at the Club I work at.  Also, see if you can go to a local coffee house or Starbucks and hire a couple of baristas for the day.  Then, rent or buy a multi-cup cappacinno machine and have them run it and pay them a flat fee.  They know what they’re doing already and am sure they’d love the extra cash!

Here’s the menu we had last Sunday:

Roasted Portobello Mushrooms and Peppers with Fresh Mozzarella; Grilled Vegetables; Red Bliss Potato and Green Bean Salad with Mustard Dressing; Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Pecans and Citrus Vinaigrette.

Eggs Benedict; Belgium Waffles; Sage Sausage and Apple Wood Smoked Bacon; Home Fried Potatoes with Scallions.

Penne with  Broccoli, Roasted Peppers and Carbonara Sauce; Pan Roasted Tilapia with Citrus and Sage Vianiagrette; Roasted Chicken Breast with Cranberry Sage Jus; Omelet or Poached Eggs Station.

We also had fruits, Cheeses, Antipasto and Crudites.  A lot of this stuff can really keep pretty easily on a buffet.  Also, you can rent or buy (Target has them) Chocolate Fountains – we do this and put out pineapple, oreos, strawberries, rice crispy treats and other fun stuff to dip.  It’s easy and looks really amazing.  Good luck!

Post # 14
987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Add champagne.  Make the coffee strong.  Sounds delicious. 

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