Tips & Ideas for How to Host a Brunch Wedding

For lovers of breakfast foods and drinks, a brunch wedding is a dream come true. It’s a fun alternative option if you want to host a traditional wedding, except for the late start time. In fact, a brunch wedding is perfect if you want a casual affair that doesn’t take up your, or your guests, entire day. If you’re an early riser or this type of event aligns with your preferences, keep reading for some tips and ideas on how to host a memorable brunch wedding.

What is a Brunch Wedding?

Let’s start off by explaining what exactly a brunch wedding is! It is largely defined by at what point in the day the event takes place. In this case, it is usually from 10 in the morning to around 3 in the afternoon. Aside from the time, a brunch wedding is all about incorporating your favorite breakfast foods and bottomless drinks. A fun alternative to a traditional wedding, it is typically much more casual. Therefore, you might host a brunch wedding if you prefer a low-key event, plan to have a lot of children in attendance, or would prefer not to host late into the night.

Brunch Wedding Attire

Since an early wedding is more casual than an evening affair, you have a lot more options when it comes to your wedding attire. As a bride, you won’t have to worry about looking runway-ready and can focus instead on being comfortable. This might mean wearing a short tea-length gown and shoes fit for walking, like sandals or flats. Grooms can typically pull off less formal looks, regardless of the time of day or setting, but we recommend incorporating bright colors for an early wedding. So you might opt for a lighter suit, made of linen, in light shades of blue or pink. And don’t be afraid of patterned accessories, like a handkerchief or bow tie.

Brunch Wedding Menu

Undoubtedly, the best part of an early wedding is the food. Breakfast fans know that it’s the best meal of the day, with a variety of options including sweet and savory bites. We recommend working with a wedding caterer who specializes in breakfast foods and can offer suggestions. But some popular brunch wedding foods include variations of chicken and waffles, omelets, and fresh fruits. To make your event even more memorable, you can have breakfast stations. Like a biscuit bar featuring a range of jams and jellies.

Brunch Wedding Bar

In addition to food, you’ll want to serve up some cocktails. However, the key when having a brunch bar is offering both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Don’t forget, it’s early, and some guests might prefer not to partake in alcohol just yet. So while you might offer bottomless mimosas with fresh fruit and a bloody mary with all the fixings, you should also have some mocktails. Offer a non-alcoholic bloody mary, a refreshing spritzer, or an Arnold Palmer. You might also have a mobile coffee bar at your ceremony so that guests are awake enough to be a witness!

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Make Sure to Have Fun!

At the end of the day, an early morning wedding offers a lot of possibilities for fun that you can’t always pull off with an evening event. Take full advantage of this unique time slot to feature personal details, as these are what will make your wedding memorable. For example, opt for an alternative wedding cake, made of pancakes, waffles, or donuts. Or consider hosting the reception at your favorite local restaurant, featuring a live band. For favors, dish up local honey or fresh fruit parfait in a glass container. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

What do you think about a brunch wedding? Do you think you’ll use any of these ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

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