Whether you’re hosting a post-wedding brunch, a brunch bridal shower, or opting for a full brunch wedding, these ideas are great for hosting a beautiful celebration that will be enjoyed by all (even those that aren’t morning people…).
The Brunch Wedding Menu
Any brunch lover knows that the star of the show is the food. While it may seem easier to pick a menu for the morning, you still have lots of options to consider! Offer a variety of options such as eggs benedict, chicken and waffles, hash browns, fruit salad, and french toast. Another great option is to offer stations – an omelette station, build your own waffle bar, and create your own yogurt parfait.
If you’re hosting a late brunch, incorporate light lunch fare like bagel sandwiches, salads, or wraps to appeal to the non-breakfast eaters. Instead of the classic bread basket placed at each table, opt for a basket of pastries, like cinnamon rolls, scones, biscuits, banana bread, and croissants.
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For your non-alcoholic drinks, offer a variety of juices – orange, apple, grapefruit, etc. (some of these can also be incorporated into your mimosa bar!). Made-to-order smoothies can serve as a great option for guests looking for a healthy option.
A hot bar with staples like coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are also great for providing guests a caffeine boost in the morning. If you’re a coffee aficionado, offer an espresso bar complete with lattes, cappuccinos, and more. Or, if you prefer hot chocolate, include add-ins like marshmallows, peppermint sticks, whipped cream, and cinnamon sticks.
Keep in mind that guests may not drink as much alcohol at a morning affair compared to evening receptions. Morning classics like mimosas, bloody marys, bellinis, and tequila sunrises are perfect options and are customizable to satisfy every guest.
A traditional wedding cake is still perfectly acceptable for a brunch affair. But if you’re not looking to dive into a super rich chocolate cake at 11 AM, consider a lighter alternative like coffee, angel, or lemon cake.
If you’re hoping to lean more into the brunch theme, try out a cake made of cinnamon rolls, crepes, or donuts. For a special desserts table, traditional desserts can be combined with breakfast-minded options like muffins, donut holes, mini pies, and jam-filled cookies.
A brunch celebration naturally has a more relaxed feel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge your designer side and go all out! Trends like bare farm tables create a perfect laid-back vibe, and smaller floral arrangements will make the space feel more intimate. If you want a more formal look, consider traditional decor with lighter color palettes like shades of yellow, orange, pink, and ivory.
When searching for a venue, remember to tour at the time of day when you’ll be having your bash. This will ensure you’ll be able to experience the space and note any potential issues that could come with the morning hours, such as hot weather or glaring sun.
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If you want to send guests home with a favor, consider these personalized jam or honey jars or a customized coffee mug – perfect for their own at-home brunch. For coffee lovers, give guests coffee bags with a saying on them like “The Perfect Blend” or “Love is Brewing.”
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