Become a Top Wedding Planner – Brunch Reception “Don’ts” from “Four Weddings”


Having a morning wedding with a brunch reception is a great, budget friendly idea. The bride doesn’t need to serve liquor so she lowers her beverage cost, she doesn’t need to have dancing at a morning wedding so she doesn’t necessarily need to hire a DJ, and wedding venues and vendors are generally less expensive earlier in the day.

Last night’s episode of the TLC television show, “Four Weddings,” featured a bride who had chosen to serve a brunch at her mid-morning wedding. Unfortunately she blended morning and evening elements in her reception and it was met with bad reviews.

Learning from that bride’s wedding, here are 3 things you don’t want to do when you plan a brunch reception with a bride:

1) Don’t have a cocktail hour in the morning - guests look for breakfast beverages such as coffee, tea, smoothies and juices. Suggest the bride have a champagne toast and serve mimosas and bloody marys but stay away from martinis.

2) Don’t serve evening appetizers and entrees - work with the caterer and the bride to create a special menu for the wedding. Stick to regular brunch foods such as Eggs Benedict, quiche, frittatas, omelets, ham, salmon, asparagus, fruit, hash browns or roasted potatoes, french toast, waffles, muffins and scones. The bride can still have a wedding cake.

3) Don’t have a dance club atmosphere – people are not usually in the “clubbing” mood in the morning but you can still plan for some dancing if the bride and groom want to include it.

Keep in mind, a morning wedding is not for a bride who loves to sleep in late and would have trouble getting ready in the morning or wants cocktails and lots of dancing and partying. If this sounds like your bride, she may have chosen a morning wedding just to save money. Spend some time consulting with her and find a budget-friendly way to give her the wedding that would really make her happy.

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