Receptions: Brunch Morning Wedding Reception
My fianc้ and I are planning
on a morning reception, sort of a brunch type, from 9 to 11
am. I have many questions concerning the colors for this
time of day. I had thought of using flowers such as
lavender, daisies, wild flowers, and lots of greenery,
baby's breath... but I wonder if that would look well. I am
also in need of ideas for menus, and an itinerary for a
wedding at that hour. We thought of having music played in
the background while guests eat, talk, and we take our
pictures. Please, I would be very grateful for any ideas and
suggestions you can give me.
We are happy to help relieve some of
the mystery and confusion in wedding planning if we can. You don't
mention what time the wedding will be, so I assume that it will be
A few things are different at a brunch or a lunch reception than at
one held later in the day. People don't dance early in the day, so
you don't need the expense of hiring a DJ unless you particularly want
one. You can also dispense with the first dances unless doing them is
important to you. If it is, that will be all the dancing that
In the morning, people don't drink either, except perhaps a champagne
toast. That saves you the cost of alcohol.
I agree that it would be a good idea to have music playing in the
background while guests are eating and you are taking pictures. You
don't mention where the reception will be held. If it will be at a
restaurant or a facility that has background music, that is all you
will need. Otherwise, bring in a CD player and several CDs.
Your choice of flowers sounds lovely. They will brighten up things
If you want to serve wedding cake, do so. If cake isn't your thing,
you might choose to serve another type of dessert more suited to the
hour. I had a wedding last year where the couple served German obst
kuchen, a light sponge cake covered with a thin layer of sweetened
cream cheese, then covered with sliced fruit. Do you like cinnamon
rolls? You might have a giant cinnamon roll made for you to cut for
pictures, then serve. You could have several large ones or one large
one and many smaller ones.
For your menu, you might serve two or three varieties of quiche or
frittata, mixed fruit salad, and muffins with coffee and juices to
With only 2 hours, you won't be able to do many things, but you won't
need to. You can eat, then cut your cake or dessert and have it
served, do toasts if you want to, then mingle with your guests until
about 10:40 or 10:45. Do your bouquet and garter toss at that time as
a signal that things are coming to an end soon. If you want to have
guests blow bubbles as you leave, or toss rice, birdseed or flower
petals (assuming that the facility allows it), that can be passed out
to guests just before you leave.
It sounds like it will be a lovely time. Congratulations!
Glenna Tooman, ForeverWed.com Wedding Consultant