Hello Beauties, Melissa here from MLM Worldwide Event Planning and I have some gorgeous (and delicious) inspiration for a Brunch Wedding for you today. Having a mid-day wedding can be a beautiful alternative when that Saturday evening is already booked or you and your groom are hoping for a more relaxed, intimate gathering. Plus, breakfast foods are often the most cost efficient menu option, so you can splurge on your flowers or even a luxurious honeymoon!
The daytime ceremony can begin as early as 9 a.m., but I suggest an 11 a.m. start time, at the earliest. Not all of your guests will be early risers and this allows anyone traveling from a few towns over to be there on time. It’s always a nice touch to greet your guests with a refreshing beverage, and a rustic ladder displaying mason jars filled with water and fruit juices is a charming touch. Also, don’t be afraid to use bright, cheerful colors during your brunch wedding. Playful pinks, oranges and yellows look great when paired with the natural light in the surrounding garden.
While your guests are being seated, have a younger usher act as paper boy (complete with newsboy cap) and pass out the newspaper inspired programs. Be sure to include articles on the members of your wedding party, how the bride and groom met and the proposal story. It would also be really cute to include a love themed cross word puzzle and fun horoscopes on the back page.
Once the ceremony is over the cocktail hour can begin and that means … Mimosa Bar! A bartender can create traditional mimosas (orange juice and champagne) or add a variety of fruity mix-ins such as peach or raspberry puree. A self-serve bar would be just as beautiful if you are unable to hire individual bartenders. Brunch is usually too early for hard liquor so serving just champagne, beer and wine is going to be huge cost saver. Also, setting up a few croquet games for guests would be a great way to start friendly rivalries and get the conversations flowing.
The traditional brunch buffet can include pastries, fresh fruit, salads, a prime rib carving station, eggs, sausage and bacon. Feel free to add anything that would be served at breakfast or lunch. A really great way to make your brunch wedding feel modern is to create different stations around your reception area that are not only delicious but also visually appealing. In one area, create walk through tasting stations. Guests can mingle around large towers of scrumptious bites and take what looks appetizing. Yogurt layered with granola and berries looks great when displayed on graphic shelves.
It may be on the traditional side, but a great way to offer eggs and create an experience for your guests is to have a custom omelette station. Each guest can add their own choice of toppings and then a piping hot omelette is made to order.
Personalizing the details at your brunch wedding will allow your guests to understand who you are as a couple. If you enjoy gardening and creating your own jams, then canning miniature bottles of your specialty is a wonderful gift that can remind your guests of your special day. Create custom labels or tags with your new monogram or “Love is Sweet” by using rubber stamps or running them through your printer before using a jumbo craft punch.
An adorable alternative to traditional wedding cake is a donut tower. Feed each other a bite of the same donut and then let guests choose between glazed, chocolate or (my favorite) pink frosting with sprinkles. The traditional guest book can be put on a shelf and forgotten. If you and your groom love to sit on your porch after dinner, how about have your guests sign a wooden love seat. Reading each of the messages and signatures each night would be a wonderful way to remember your special day for ,many years to come. Use an unfinished bench, if possible, and then apply sealer once everyone has signed to preserve their well wishes.
If you are having a brunch wedding we would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below on how you are creating your own modern brunch wedding day!
Have a Modern, Luxurious and Magical Day!
Melissa Lauren Marghella is the owner of MLM Worldwide, an event planning and floral design company in Southern California, that specializes in creating hand-crafted details that showcase the personality of the bride and groom. When she isn’t planning weddings, she enjoys floral design, paper crafting and blogging about wedding trends.