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Truth: People love brunch nearly as much as they love weddings, so it was only a matter of time before couples combined the two to create the ultimate wedding bash. Maybe you have your heart set on a church that only performs morning ceremonies or you and your fiancé are just not big on the drinking and dancing part of traditional receptions. No matter the reason you're in favor of a brunch wedding, consider these five points before you commit to throwing an A.M. affair.
Some Guests May Not Be Able to Attend
The morning hours pose a challenge for guests who tend to work weekends. "You know your guests," says Tracie Domino, founder and creative director of Tracie Domino Events in Florida. "If your guests all own their own businesses and have to work Saturdays, it might be challenging for them to get there." Consider your crowd before settling on a brunch wedding — or at least be prepared to receive a handful of regrets.
The Reception Will Be More Casual
A brunch wedding differs from an evening event for more reasons than just the time of day. For one thing, "no one's wearing sequins at 10 a.m.," Domino says. A brunch wedding tends to feel more like a garden party or a co-ed bridal shower, and that could be something your guests look forward to. "It's kind of fun to make a brunch event a bit of a fashion show," Domino says. The gentlemen can pull out seersucker suits, brightly colored pants, and playful bowties they rarely have a chance to wear.
You'll Save Money on Some Things... But Not Everything
A brunch wedding is a simple way to stick to your wedding budget while ensuring it's an event to remember. "If you have a traditional brunch menu and it's not elaborate, it should be substantial cost savings over a multicourse dinner," Domino says. You'll save even more by opting for mimosas or a bloody Mary bar over a full open bar and by choosing a casual wedding dress and simplified décor to fit the tone of the event. "Flowers, linens, and décor, it depends what you pick, but no one's expecting a crystal chandelier at 10 in the morning," Domino says. Still, the cost of some things won't budge, such as your wedding planner, photographer, and band or DJ.
You Shouldn't Expect a Wild Dance Party
"People who would normally have a few cocktails in the evening and dance might find that a little strange at brunch," Domino says. This may be music to your ears if you and your fiancé are generally dragged onto the dance floor against your will. "You can have what you want without thinking all of your guests are doing something you wouldn't even do," Domino says.
You'll Need to Make a Plan for What Happens Next
"You just don't want your guests staring at each other like, 'Now what?'" Domino says of when the end time approaches. You have two options. First, you can keep the party going by transitioning from brunch to another activity, like relaxing in cabanas by the pool. Or, you can signal the party's over by jetting off on your honeymoon and leaving guests free to spend the rest of the day however they'd like. Consider setting up a tour of the city or including suggestions of what to do after the wedding in the welcome bags, Domino says. "Happy wedding guests are informed wedding guests," she says. "As long as they know what's going on, they're going to be fine and enjoy it."