Greg and I had our first date at a diner. Long story short, we met online and he was late to our date and the only thing left open when he finally showed up was the diner! He had country fried steak and eggs and I had two eggs, over easy, with bacon and toast. As nervous as we were, the chemistry was strong, the conversation was great, and made for a very memorable first date. The rest is history.
So in honor of that fateful day, we have decided to have a morning ceremony with a brunch reception. It was somewhat of a difficult choice, since I’ve always pictured myself and my future husband dancing the night away at our wedding. However, life happens when you’re busy making plans. We have two beautiful children together-a boy and a girl, 1 and 3 respectively. We’d very much like them to be at the entire wedding and not have to be whisked away at because they are too tired. Having an early wedding lets the kids enjoy the wedding too (after all we feel it’s their day too!) and they make it home for a bedtime story even! Win-win!
And if a brunch reception wasn’t already the perfect choice for us, it also saves a ton of money. We are on a pretty strict budget (who isn’t?) and serving brunch can save you thousands. Breakfast and lunch food is generally less expensive than dinner and can even be more cost effective depending on whether you decide to have buffet style, sit-down or even cocktail style. You can step it up a notch and include a barista, an omelet station or even a smoothie bar. Then serve coffee and tea with your wedding cake!
Furthermore, we’d like to hope no one plans to drink too much that early in the day, so you can save lots on alcohol too. Wine and champagne would be plenty for a brunch reception, but you can even splurge a bit and include some popular brunch cocktails-think Bellini’s, mimosas and bloody Marys. Even with the extras, you can still do a brunch wedding for considerably less than a dinner reception.
If this is something you’ve been considering, consider no more! There are lots of ways to make a brunch reception special. A little out of the ordinary can be extraordinary. I’m pretty excited about it actually.
Need more convincing? Check out these delicious photos of possible brunch food options.
Waffles from Ruffled
Pancakes from Meet Mrs. B.
Better yet? How about a pancake toppings bar? The Sweetest Occasion
How about cocktail size parfaits? My 2 Pink Ladies
Can’t forget about bacon eggs and toast, can we? The Noshery
Who doesn’t love a pop tart? These are mini and homemade and could be fun at a wedding! Caplan Miller Events
And to put the “unch” in brunch here are some more tasty ideas;
Pan Seared Scallops from Use Real Butter
I’m a New York girl, I love pizza! You can get creative with mini pizzas like this white zucchini pizza from Kitchen Confidante.
Antipasto Kabobs from The Hungry Housewife
Last but certainly not least-dessert!
Mini donuts from Oh She Glows
How darling are these teacup cupcakes from Elizabeth Ann Designs?
How about a cake that’s not a cake at all! This crepe cake is perfect for a brunch wedding!
There are so many glorious options to sink your teeth into. Only problem will be narrowing it all down.