Weddings and brunch. These are two of some of the greatest things life has to offer. It only makes sense that we combined them together to get a brunch wedding. If you are looking to deviate from your traditional wedding ceremony, then consider having a brunch wedding instead. From the budget to the venue to the food, brunch weddings have their own set of rules and standards. Here is everything you need to know and consider before you plan out your brunch wedding.
1. Your Day Will Start Early
If you are an early riser, then having a brunch wedding might be a great option for you. However, there are some disclaimers that you need to know about. Having an early brunch wedding means that you will need to start your wedding day early. The stinky thing about getting your day starting early means that you will be waking up super early too. This can be bad news for you as the bride if you find yourself getting really nervous before the big day. One of the best things to do is make sure to get yourself to bed at a decent time the night before so that you get some much needed shut eye. Be sure to extend this tip to anyone else in the wedding party too. This way, yawns can be avoided once the ceremony is actually taking place.
2. Be Prepared For A Lighter Guest List
One thing that you should expect if you are having a brunch wedding is light attendance. For starters, brunch wedding might be very early for some of your guest. While it may not always be the case, you should anticipate some guests not being able to attend the ceremony because it might be too early for them. Things such as getting up to travel the distance, or making it to the event at all may be tricky. not only that, but some guests may have to work long weekdays, furthering the difficulty of getting to your ceremony on time. If your brunch wedding is during the weekend, some guests may have to skip on attending because it just won’t be possible for them. While a guest list may not be appealing to some, others might enjoy it. After all, a lighter guest list means a smaller venue which in turn ultimately leads to less money being spent. Consider your guest list carefully if you are planning on having a brunch wedding. The good news is, if you are planning on a lighter guest list anyways, then a brunch wedding might just be the fit for you.
3. Less Time Means Less Milling Around With Family And Friends
At most traditional wedding ceremonies, the time spent for the bride getting ready and the groom getting ready is quality time. During this time frame, your bridal party which will usually include close friends and families will help you get ready. One of the best parts about getting ready for your wedding is spending quality time with these close people in your lives. If you plan on having a brunch wedding, you need to know right away that you will have less of this quality time. Having a brunch wedding means waking up early. Waking up early means that you will be crunched for time from the get go. Unlike a traditional wedding ceremony, you won’t have all morning and afternoon to doll up and relax. Not only that, but necessary people in your wedding such as the make up artist and event coordinator will likely take up a good bit of your time helping you get ready for the event. If you plan on having a brunch wedding, know that right away your quality time spent with your bridesmaids, family, and friends will be limited because of the naturally limited time that comes with a brunch wedding.
4. Keep Your Decor With The Theme
If you are going for a brunch wedding, then you will need to mind the decor. Stick with a brunch themed decor and you will set the stage for success. The great thing about a brunch wedding is anything light, floral, and pastel will work. Not only that, but brunch decor tends to be consistent no matter the season. This will give you a lot of flexibility and choosing out your decor. You don’t have to stick with seasonal decor or any specific setting. This is great and easy on your wallet because flexibility means more money saved.
5. Stick To Your Budget
Having a brunch wedding can be great if there is a budget that you are wanting to stick to. For starters, having a brunch wedding will help you save a bit on the venue. Evening venues tend to be more in demand and thus pricier. Finding something in the morning can help alleviate that cost.
Another great way to stick to your budget with a brunch wedding is by considering your open bar. Instead of hosting an open bar, it sticks better with the theme to have a limited bar. For example, having a mimosa bar is a great addition to any brunch wedding because it flows with the theme so well. And if you are going to have a mimosa bar, then it only makes sense that you supplement it with a bloody mary bar too. Of course, you will also want to serve up breakfast drinks like hot cocoa, tea, and juices as well.
6. Not A Dancer? Not A Problem
If you’re not much of a dancer and do not really care for having much dancing happening at your wedding, then a brunch wedding might be the best fit for you. We love a brunch wedding because the amount of alcohol that we be flowing is usually limited (thanks to your limited open bar). Because of this, not a lot of your guests will have the liquid courage or necessarily be in the mood to dance. Plus, brunch and dancing don’t really go hand-in-hand. One of the things you can look forward to (or not) with having a brunch wedding is a dance floor that is well, not packed. Another great thing about limited dancing is that you will have another opportunity to save on your wedding budget. Because there won’t be a whole lot of dancing going on, there is no real need to have a DJ. Instead, save your money and see if your venue will play a nice hymn of classical music over the loudspeakers.
7. Your Food Options Will Change.
Your food options will change if you are planning on having a brunch wedding. If you are planning a wedding on a budget, then this could be a good thing. You don’t have to serve a full course supper or dinner. But of course, things could easily get out of hand too, so you have to watch what you do with your food service very closely. Here are some of our top favorite things to consider about the food if you are planning a brunch wedding.
1. Rethink Your Wedding Cake
Whether or not you want to rethink your wedding cake is entirely up to you in a brunch wedding. If you want to keep with the tradition of most weddings, then you may want to stick with a wedding cake. If not, then consider having an angel cake or coffee cake instead. Your wedding cake can be light to fit the theme of a brunch wedding. Not only that, but you may want your wedding cake to pair nicely with morning drinks such as coffee or tea.
2. Pre-Ceremony Pastries
Pre-ceremony pastries can be a great hit at any brunch wedding. This will leave your guest feeling happy and slightly full while they wait for the ceremony to begin. Already, your guests will love your ceremony because their bellies won’t have to be growling through it. In addition to having pastries, you may want to include Edible Arrangement decor for your guests to sample some fruit as well.
3. Donuts And Bagels
Donut themed weddings are a hit. Having a brunch wedding is a great way to incorporate anything donut or bagel themed. A wedding trend that is still pretty hot right now is having a donut wall. If not for the yummy taste, it is great to have one as part of the photos and decorations.
If you find yourself committed to having a brunch wedding, then be sure to include some of these tips and tricks and your planning. Not only will you possibly save a good bit of money on your wedding, but you are sure to have a blast either way. For all those who are waking up early to get married, here’s to a wonderful brunch wedding!