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.