How to create a brunch wedding your guests will be talking about for years!
Chicagoans take brunch very seriously and brunch weddings are becoming a great way to combine both the love for mimosas with waffles and the celebration of a happy union. Yes, evening weddings are fun and you can enjoy the dance floor all night long and have your first dance under the stars. But if that’s not your thing, or if maybe you want a more relaxed party or even if you just want something a bit more different, then planning a wedding brunch could be perfect for you.
Who doesn’t love brunch? With a morning wedding, you have the flexibility to make it as casual or as formal as you like, and with a shorter timeline, you actually have less time to keep your guests amused. Here are some great tips to help you run a successful and memorable brunch wedding.
A traditional wedding allows you and your vendors to set up the day of since most weddings begin around 4 pm- 5 pm. A brunch wedding will normally start around 10 am which doesn’t allow much time for setup. Your wedding venue most likely will have an evening wedding the day before yours so It’s important to talk to your venue and makeup they will allow your vendors to set up the night before. Also, your wedding venue might also have another wedding on the evening of yours. If that is the case, they will likely be ushering you out at your end time so they can turn the room for the next event. It’s important to communicate with the venue coordinator to ensure that you don’t feel like you are being kicked out of your wedding but you understand the expectations of the venue.
Brunch weddings are typically less expensive. Venues often charge less for a morning event. With a little extra money in your pocket, you can invest more heavily in other areas like décor, food, and even your honeymoon. Figure out what is most important to you and your guests and use your surplus to design your dream day.
Nothing keeps your guests more amused like great food and brunch-style weddings are ALL about the menu! Your guests’ stomachs may not be ready to handle heavy food right away. Serve juices, coffee, and cocktails along with some light like a fruit kabob before moving onto the main course, to avoid overwhelming guests who may still be wiping the sleep from their eyes. Brunch is a best-served buffet style allowing you to have a large range of food for your guests to enjoy. From scrambled eggs, waffles, and chilaquiles the possibilities are endless but make sure you don’t have too many options for guests to get so overwhelmed. A great way to avoid this is by having some of the items in miniature form.
If you are a coffee lover a brunch wedding is the perfect time for you to display your love for coffee! Hire a barista or a catering cart service to create unique coffee drinks for your guests. Your signature drink can be your favorite coffee drink or a coffee drink you and your fiance create together (don’t forget to ask the barista to create a special monogram on top of your lattes). You can also create customized coffee cups that can be used as escort cards (they’re keepsakes they’ll actually use).
Not a coffee lover? How about a tea party? Using good china, linens, and stemware in an outdoor setting makes for a dignified, elegant event.
Everybody’s favorite part of brunch is the delicious cocktail options. Sure, you can serve up your standard mimosa or Bloody Mary but this a great time to show your guests your individually by providing a signature cocktail and having drinks that are out of the norm. Choosing a signature drink adds a personal touch to your day, can contribute to the overall atmosphere of the event and will certainly be noticed by guests who appreciate a good pairing. If you are not sure where to start asking your catering company for fun ideas. Some of my recommendations are the following:
Cranberry Ramos Gin Fizz– made with frothy egg white, heavy cream, gin, and lemon and lime juice.
Lemonberry Martini– cranberry juice, lemon, elderflower, and vodka. (shaken, not stirred)
Paloma Mimosas-grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila and of course champagne.Sunshine Music Theme
Since brunch weddings typically take place in the morning, give a little nod to the bright sunshine with cheerful song choices that mention the sun or morning time! Here are a few songs you might want to use:
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Walking On Sunshine- Katrina & The Waves
Sunrise ft. Jason Walker- Kygo
Shine- Leon Bridges
Hey Ho- The Lumineers
5 Years Time (Instrumental) – Noah and the Whale
A great way to keep the party going is with an after-party. Since a brunch wedding ends pretty early you have the luxury to say goodbye to some of your guests that you may not be as close with and continue the celebration going with a smaller group of people in the after-party. A great way of keeping the people in your after party entertained is by flipping the cocktail hour after the brunch or just allowing them to take a small break. If your brunch ends at 5 pm you can ask your guests to come back at 7 pm giving you and them a time to refresh or change into your second look of the day.