Are you an early riser, searching for a creative and yet, growing, wedding trend? Consider a brunch reception. Be it a sunrise ceremony, an appreciation for breakfast as the most important meal of the day, or planning an early start as a way to get a jump on your honeymoon, a brunch reception can be a more budget-friendly, delicious, low-key, and inspired choice.
A brunch reception usually takes place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you’d like it to be more of a breakfast, 9:00 a.m. is usually the earliest starting time to consider. Your guests’ stomachs may not be ready to handle heavy food right away, so serve juices, coffee, and cocktails along with some light, fruity nibbles before moving onto the main course, to avoid overwhelming guests who may still be wiping sleep from their eyes.
After that, plan on serving coffee, dessert, and wedding cake. Brunch is best served buffet style or as a seated meal (or a combination of the two).
The other alternative is a cocktail brunch, where guests enjoy passed delicacies hors d’oeuvres-style (think scrambled egg tartlets and mini French toast) and cocktails (such as mimosas, bellinis, champagne, and punch) as they stand and chat, cheer, and celebrate.
As for the impact on your wedding budget, a brunch following your morning ceremony can range in price from $17 to $85 per head, depending on the menu and the site you choose. Your liquor costs will be much lower than an evening affair and oftentimes reception sites are less expensive to rent in the daytime.
When envisioning your wedding reception, if you see the beauty the sunrise rising over the coastline, then maybe a morning ceremony with a brunch reception is the perfect fit for you!