Just a couple of years ago, brunch weddings were an emerging trend that didn’t get a lot of attention. It was a cool concept but didn’t catch on as fast as I certainly thought it would. Fast forward to now and brunch weddings are more popular than ever with couples across the country trading in the late night shin dig for build your own mimosa and Bloody Mary bars.

I’m a huge fan of brunch weddings and we recently featured an intimate Maine brunch wedding on the blog. If you’ve been considering hosting a brunch affair for your big day, this post is for you. Keep reading to find out what you need to plan the perfect brunch wedding.

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Elevated Relaxed Decor

Brunch weddings by nature are more casual than your standard wedding. Instead of cocktail attire, most guests will dawn sundresses and khaki pants – think along the lines of Easter attire. This same elevated, relaxed vibe should echo through your decor. For brunch weddings, I like to transform the space to feel more like your entertaining at home or your favorite restaurant. Keep the gorgeous flowers, but make your arrangements smaller. Eliminate candles, tall centerpieces and formal place settings.

Farm tables layered with a textured runner and bud vases are a perfect combination that show you put time and effort into the decor without it feeling over the top. Brunch weddings are also a great opportunity to play with fun patterns, colors and unique centerpiece ideas like the potted plants featured in this wedding.

Classic Brunch Food

For the food, stick to classic brunch favorites. I love stations for a brunch wedding because it gives guests options based upon if they’re feeling up for savory or sweet foods. During “cocktail hour”, put out an array of croissants, muffins, pastries, fresh fruit and a cheese board. You could even pass candied bacon on a skewer. For your stations, the options are endless – think build your own omelets, chicken and waffles, panini station, pancake and waffle bar, biscuit bar and more. Whatever you choose, just make sure there’s a perfect balance between savory and sweet.

Mimosas and Bloody Marys

I think one of everybody’s favorite things about brunch is mimosas and Bloody Marys. Allow guests to create their own by setting up a bar for each with all the fixings. For those who aren’t a fan of these brunch cocktails, offer a small selection of wine and beer.

A coffee bar is also an adorable option for brunch weddings!

Opt for An Acoustic Musician

Since brunch weddings tend to be more relaxed and casual, a full band or DJ aren’t the right fit. Choose an acoustic musician to strum your favorite tunes while guests eat and mingle. He can still sing your first dance song and play some tunes that get guests dancing, but it’ll be less cha cha slide and more classic favorites.

End it Early and Plan for Later

With brunch weddings, your reception time is usually shorter, think 3-3.5 hours instead of 4-5. While some guests will opt to go home, I always suggest having a post brunch group activity planned for friends and family that want to keep celebrating. Head back to your hotel, change into something more comfortable and encourage guests to join you for your favorite local activity – whether that’s hitting the beach, taking in the sights, or touring the local breweries. You could even plan an offshore fishing trip like the couple from our Maine brunch wedding!

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