Brunch Ideas for Your Wedding

Who says that you have to have a dinner reception to have a proper wedding? I certainly don’t think that’s the case. A brunch wedding can be a formal elegant affair, or a more casual gathering. It can be outrageously expensive or very cost effective. My favorite aspect of a brunch wedding is that the couple doesn’t spend the day sequestered away from family and friends while going through lengthy preparations for the wedding. You can get the formalities over with bright and early and then relax and enjoy your day.

I spoke to a couple of my friends in the wedding industry, Bonnie Garfield, Director of Catering from Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and
Jennifer Lyzinsky , Director of Exceptional Events at the Double Tree Castle Hotel here in Orlando. Each of them has their own perspective on the wedding day brunch. Here is what they had to say.

Susan: What is your favorite brunch menu?

Jennifer: I really like breakfast items. My favorites are brioche French toast and eggs Florentine, Belgium waffles, and omelets to order. Then you can add some lunch items like a carving station with prime rib, ham or turkey. I also like salads, fruit salad, vegetable salad, pasta salad, and potato salad. Finish it off with a mini desert bar including, petit fours, melons, and berries.

Bonnie: I like a lot of lunch items, that’s what makes brunch, brunch and not breakfast. Some of the most interesting things items I’ve included on my brunch buffet are Corned Beef sliced to order served on a scallion hash brown potato pancake, eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and spinach, and caramelized banana and mascarpone French toast.

Susan: Can a couple save money by doing a brunch reception?

Jennifer: A brunch can save the couple money because they aren’t doing the wedding during a prime time. A wedding vendor could possibly do another wedding that day, so the couple may be able to negotiate special pricing.

Bonnie: There isn’t as much emphasis on alcohol which can save a lot of money. I don’t typically see brunches with full bars. Most often the couple chooses to serve mimosas, or Bloody Marys, others skip the alcohol and serve juices and coffee.

What else would you like to share about wedding brunches?

Jennifer: I think early weddings are becoming more popular because they can be cost effective and the couple can spend a more relaxing day with family and friends.

Bonnie: Brunches can be a cost-saver, but you have to be careful what menu items you choose. Some can be as expensive as dinner items. Also, if you have any dietary restrictions, like keeping kosher, or vegetarian, there are many breakfast items from which to choose.

For more information on choosing menus for your wedding, click here. Also, if you would like to share some of your brunch wedding ideas, post a comment here or email me at

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  • I have to say that a morning wedding in these hard times is something many brides are opting to do as its really cost effective to that of a late afternoon evening wedding where bar bills can just get out of hand

  • C J Sexton

    I am interested in having a brunch reception following a sunset wedding. I am in need of menu ideas. The wedding and reception will be held outdoors late August.

  • Thank you for this great post, got more ideas about wedding reception.

  • This is so true. You can really save a lot of money doing a brunch. When I was speaking to venues they mentioned that if you do your wedding late enough after breakfast but early enough before lunch, you really don’t have to serve your guests more than just some appetizers.