Weddings are traditionally seen as a late afternoon-evening affair, which means dinner, cocktails, lots of dancing, and a flashy, sparkly getaway by the bride and groom. While most brides and grooms opt for having a ceremony and reception later in the day, have you ever thought about having your soiree in the late morning?
“Wait, wait, wait”, you’re saying right about now. “Stephanie, I’m not a morning person. Why would I have a brunch wedding?”
My response: BECAUSE IT’S AWESOME. Okay, but in all seriousness, there are major perks to gathering your guests together at the brunch hour, tying the knot, and then partying.
For one, the food. Picture this: a delicious waffle bar with heaping bowls of fresh fruit and whipped cream. Many delicious mini quiches, piles of bacon, and heaps of hash browns. Those with a sweet tooth will revel in the tasty donuts, pancakes, and french toast options you’ve set out. Oh, and don’t forget about the mimosas and the Bloody Mary bar. Maybe even a coffee bar. AMIRITE?
Next — it’s actually more cost effective. Many venues charge less for morning events, and you might even have more flexibility in where you can have your reception. Having a brunch wedding reception in your favorite adorable French restaurant might be doable in the day, whereas at night, it might not be feasible. And paying for breakfast-themed food is going to cost a lot less then a three-course meal, open bar, and cake.
You also aren’t going to be as rushed as you might be at an evening wedding. Since you have the whole day ahead of you, you’ll be able to chat with guests, take your wedding photos, and hang out with your new spouse. For those of you who aren’t thrilled with the idea of a rushed wedding where you leave once the clock strikes midnight, this could be the option for you!
A brunch wedding is generally a more casual affair than an evening wedding. That means if you’re a little more laid back and don’t want a shindig to end all shindigs, a brunch wedding is perfect. A shorter or more playful wedding dress, light and airy wedding decor, and a less-fussy hairstyle are all major perks.
Lastly — you’ll have great light for your photos all day. You and your photographer won’t have to rush to get photos at the magic hour before it gets dark. It’ll stay bright and shiny all day, so you can get gorgeous, well-lit photos without leaving your guests hanging at the reception!
And just because your wedding will be a late morning/early afternoon affair, doesn’t mean there can’t be dancing, drinking, and fun! Think about it this way — if all your friends are in one place AND there’s alcohol, good food, and a dance floor, that’s an automatic recipe for a dance party.
So what do you say? Is a brunch wedding for you, or are you still leaning towards an evening affair?
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