I defy you to find someone who says they do not like brunch! Everyone loves brunch. Often when there’s a special occasion or holiday, the phrase “Let’s do brunch” will often come up. In fact, when my husband and I got engaged we had a small brunch in our apartment. Same thing for many of my friends, bridal showers, baby showers, etc.
But, have you considered having a brunch reception? As I have said in many posts past, think location and TIME. By having an earlier wedding and reception time you can save thousands of the normal prices. Often venues offer up to 30-50% off for early weddings (depending on the day). usually these ceremonies would take place between 11:00 AM-1:00PM. You can follow this up with a lovely light brunch reception (normally ending by 3:00 PM to allow a turn over for the next couple).
Now, as with any food options, you can go as light or as heavy as you want. Want to WOW your guests? See if your catering company can accommodate an omelet chef or a build your own waffle or pancake station. Just want to have a relaxed atmosphere with your guests? You can go with a buffet of fruit, cheese, and baked good platters. And, of course, you can top of any option with a fantastic Mimosa toast towards the end!
If you are concerned about not having the whole day to celebrate, I wouldn’t. Because it’s fairly early still, you can still go back to someone’s home and continue with a nice evening BBQ.
Last weekend I got to come out of semi-retirement and shoot a wedding! I still do some shoots from time to time, especially for previous clients. I have known the members of the bride’s family for a few years now. It was just a LOVELY day! While I didn’t get to ask how much they spent in total, I know it was well under $10,000. One of the things they did to stay on budget was the choice of food. The event was catered, but they didn’t go with an elaborate spread. They went with a simple build your own salad and pasta buffet! I LOVED it! It was simple and yummy! They also had a delicious coffee bar complete with fresh whipped cream and flavored syrups.
The guests loved it and when I had a few moments I enjoyed a few bites myself 😉 You started at one end and built your salad. All the toppings were in individual containers. Then you moved on to the different types of pasta provided. There was whole wheat penne, fettucini, and one more (honestly don’t remember the other option). And then you picked from different sauces and toppings. I went with whole wheat, Alfredo, broccoli, and chicken, YUM! The staff was wonderful and even asked me if they could box anything up for me. I would highly recommend Proof of the Pudding! Here’s a direct link to their site http://www.proofpudding.com/menus.php.
If you don’t want to go the caterer route this is something you can easily do as a DIY task!
#Please note that the pasta photos are NOT from this wedding. I didn’t get a chance to take photos of the buffet, but this gives you an idea of what you could do!