Planning a Brunch Wedding

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Weekend brunch already feels like a treat, so it's no surprise that bunch weddings have been a money saving trend for many wedding planners and couples.

If you have a couple's dream venue is already booked for their choice of wedding date, consider making a time adjustment and rather than a sit down dinner at 7 PM ask about availability of brunch at 11 AM.

Wedding planners may also suggest a brunch if clients are having a smaller wedding. It usually starts at 10 or 11 AM and runs for about four hours as opposed to the typical evening wedding that can go for 6-7 hours. In addition to saving money on the venue, clients will pay less for food and for cocktails and leave plenty of time to spend the day together, with family, or catch a flight for their honeymoon.

Brunch wedding menus are easily planned, and the decor and flowers are simpler - no less elegant - just simpler. Table linens, silver, china, can be chosen with care to reflect the couple's color palette or theme.

Consider the brunch buffet with fresh juices, waffles, custom omelettes, quiche, ham, bacon. Hors d'oeuvres like mini "pigs in a blanket" or toffee-dipped bacon kabobs and French toast sticks with maple syrup are also a great option. It is unlikely that you will host an open bar at a brunch but you can do personalized bloody Mary bars or mimosas and champagne and of course, you'll want coffee and tea.

A traditional wedding cake may feel a bit heavy in the morning, so a brunch wedding is the perfect time to adopt the "naked cake" trend which has minimal icing.  A wedding cake can even be made with tiers of crepes or pancakes, or for go the cake all together and have the caterer construct towers of doughnuts or mini cinnamon rolls.

In keeping with the theme and to add a fun touch, gifts for guest can include vintage coffee mugs, chocolate covered espresso beans, or custom teas. 

Have an exit strategy for when the party is over. A 10pm end time has a different feel than a mid-afternoon end time.  A couple may want to think about renting a car for their exit.  Some people may expect and after party, a clear getaway will make that transition easier. If families are traveling from out of town, couples may want to provide them a list of things to do in the area, particularly if the wedding is on a Saturday morning.

As one bride said about her brunch wedding - "it's more about the guests and a lot less pressure".

 Everyone loves breakfast foods, and a daytime celebration can be very special. For many couples, brunch is the answer.

Invisible Budgeting Cutting Wedding Costs Without Sacrificing Style

We hear brides lament that they want a big wedding, but they have a smaller budget.  The good news is that with the help of a wedding planner and some creativity, it can be done.  A budgeted wedding does not have to mean cheap.   Here are a few suggestions to help your client have the wedding of her dreams on a tight budget:

  • Consider invitations that are on quality paper but are not genuine engraving. 
  • For décor drama in the church or reception area, consider using rental greens in place of large floral arrangements.  The greenery adds an elegant touch and provides a perfect background for flowers added to set or reflect your color scheme.  (Visit our Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration.) Be sure that you choose flowers grown locally and in season. 

  • While a band for dancing may be your first choice, know that a good DJ can provide music and entertainment for far less than a band.   

  • Ask what events are happening before or after the wedding to see if you can share the cost of equipment.

  • Cut the cake earlier in the evening to reduce the per-hour rate for a photographer or videographer

  • Cut down on alcohol costs by providing an open bar during a cocktail hour but switching to beer and wine at dinner.

  • Stream music for the cocktail hour and save on the hourly cost for the DJ/Band.

  • Pay attention to fees, shipping costs, taxes etc. The fine print can really add up.

  • Cut a decorated cake but serve sheet cake to the guests. As an added bonus this can be pre-cut in the kitchen to streamline the serving process.

  • Encouraging guests to take pictures during the reception and share them on social media can cut back on the photographer’s bill, but you will still want a professional at the helm to insure that the critical photographs you will keep for a lifetime are beautifully done. 

  • Use seating charts instead of place cards to cut printing/calligraphy costs.

  • Consider having an hors d’oeuvres /cocktail reception rather than a sit down dinner.  In addition to being less expensive (depending on how much and what you decide to serve) it keeps the party moving as guests nibble and move among tables.