How to Throw a Brunch-Style Wedding Reception


The 3-course sit down dinner and the buffet just aren’t for you. You would like something a bit more casual for your guests to enjoy, but you want to do more than simply have a cocktail and ‘appy’ hour. Brunch style wedding receptions are growing in popularity for a number of reasons. They’re still sophisticated, you’re offering guests a quality meal, and it also gives your guests the afternoon and evening to carry on with their regular day-to-day lives. Brunch wedding receptions are also a fantastic idea for those gorgeous outdoor spring and summer weddings.

What is Brunch?

Brunch is a meal that usually takes place right between breakfast and lunch, spanning the hours of 11:00am and 2:00pm. More breakfast-style brunches tend to take place at 9:00am.

A lot of people swear by kick-starting brunch with some lighter fare to ‘prepare’ the guest’s stomachs for a meal. This means serving drinks like juice, tea, coffee, and cocktails if you are serving alcohol. Along with the drinks you may choose to serve on some lighter foods, like sliced berries and melons.

Once the lighter fare has been passed around, then it’s time for the main course! What you have as a main course may be dependent on the type of wedding that you are having. Grilled vegetables are often a fun alternative, and almost everyone likes a frittata for brunch. Smoked meats and bacon are also a guest favorite, as are sandwiches and wraps.

When the main course is finished, then it’s time for more coffee, tea, and your wedding cake!

What should the Theme of my Brunch Be?

Given that brunch is a morning to early afternoon meal, you’re holding it at a more quiet and ‘tame’ time of day. This doesn’t mean that your brunch won’t be fun, but it won’t be a wild, crazy party.

If you would like to go for the fancy yet still formal type of brunch, consider setting out the fine china and champagne. You can also offer a three-course brunch-style meal.

The time of year can also play a huge role in what the theme of your brunch will be. If you are having a winter wedding brunch, then try to arrange the brunch around a beautiful fire. Fall wedding brunches do well in spaces that offer great views of the leaves turning to brilliant yellows, oranges and reds. Spring brunches can be beautifully laid out on the lawn beneath a tent. You may want to consider making it into a type of ‘picnic’ brunch.

How much will it Cost?

The good news about brunches is that they are perhaps the most cost effective meal option that you can ever have for your wedding. You can expect to pay any where from $15 to $85 for brunch, though it really is dependent on the type of foods that you will have there.

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