There’s a ring on your finger and the sound of a wedding march in your head. It’s time to start figuring out all the pesky (but fun!) details of your special day. Rest assured that the best parts of the day — faith, family, and friends — are already in motion. How you choose to celebrate your vows, though, is up to you.
Most couples are planning a wedding on a budget. While that doesn’t have to mean skimping on the hors d’oeuvres, it does require you to consider costs as well as beauty when drawing up plans for the event. One of the easiest and best ways to plan a breathtaking celebration on a budget is to host a Sunday brunch wedding.
Here are ten reasons to book a Sunday brunch wedding:
1. Save money on the venue by reserving a non-Saturday date.
Many wedding venues offer lower prices to entice guests to book days other than Saturday for significant events. At Pursell Farms, for instance, our venue is up to 28 percent less expensive on different days than it is on Saturdays. Sunday offers the same weekend benefits as Saturday but without the big-ticket price.
2. Treat your guests to a variety of mouth-watering foods.
Brunch menus provide a wide selection of delectable delicacies from savories to sweets. You can try cute, creative options such as mini-chicken-&-waffles, an omelet bar, or a shrimp-&-grits station. Given the time of day, you may not want to go with a rich, elegant cake, so why not opt for a doughnut, angel food cake, or coffee cake instead?
3. You get to go light on the booze.
Few people will expect a full bar for an 11:00 a.m. event. Mimosas and Bloody Marys along with a coffee-&-tea bar, smoothie options, and elegant juices can make enticing beverage options. You can save a surprising amount of money by limiting alcohol, along with making the event more family-friendly and welcoming to people who choose not to indulge. Plus, you don’t have to deal with intoxicated guests.
4. Casual decor can look more elegant at a morning event.
Snip your expenses by selecting casual decor over formal choices. At a morning soiree, guests will expect a somewhat dressed-down setting, anyway. And flowers, ribbons, and bows can turn the most everyday items into special touches.
5. Wedding attire can be more comfortable and affordable for the wedding party.
You get to dress how you like at a morning wedding. Vests, boots, and slacks for men. Casual fabrics in comfortable styles for the ladies. You can save on men’s suit rentals, and your bridesmaids will probably appreciate getting to buy less expensive dresses they can wear to other parties or church events all year.
6. Save on honeymoon expenses by taking a Monday morning flight.
If you plan to spend the night near your wedding venue and fly to your honeymoon locale the next day, you can save abut 30% on airline costs only by booking a flight for Monday morning instead of Sunday morning. A Saturday wedding lets guests and wedding party members take advantage of more affordable flights, too.
7. Control vendor costs.
You’ll almost certainly want to include flowers and live music on your big day no matter what time you host the wedding. But daytime festivities don’t require the elaborate bouquets and arrangements that an evening event does, thus helping you save on the price of the florist. Plus, a string quartet or jazz trio will cost a fraction of the price of a full band, deejay, and dance floor. And you’ll still be able to get in all the traditional dances and fun numbers you want.
8. Get creative with non-traditional wedding ideas.
Whatever off-beat idea you’ve been dying to roll out at your wedding will likely be much easier to pull off at a casual morning event than at a formal one in the evening. So go ahead and break out the Brides magazines and put together your unique celebration. Some couples have used a Sunday-paper style for their wedding program, played lawn games at the reception, or offered crossword puzzles to keep guests entertained during the breaks.
9. Invite more guests.
One sign of how long a marriage will last is starting with a low-cost, high-turnout wedding. A Sunday brunch wedding lets you increase your odds of making it as a couple by driving down costs per guest. That way, you can invite more people to join the celebration without breaking the budget.
10. Celebrate all day long!
You’ve worked hard at wedding planning. Now it’s time to enjoy every second of your special day. A morning wedding gives you more time to spend with friends, family, and each other. Take advantage of it!
Sunday Brunch Wedding FAQs
Is a brunch wedding cheaper?
Yes, brunch weddings can be cheaper. Not only are off-peak days less expensive at venues but often, brunch menus can be less per person.
On off-peak days, venues can offer the use of their space for a reduced rate because daytime use may fill an otherwise open facility. Be sure to ask for options! Know what questions to ask at your wedding site visit and make a list before you see it.
Are brunch weddings tacky?
Brunch weddings can be intimate, casual and a breath of fresh air in busy wedding seasons. Find a picturesque wedding venue and even your staunchly traditional Aunt Karen will think a brunch wedding is fabulous.
What do you call a post-wedding brunch?
You can call it a brunch reception, brunch celebration, wedding reception, or luncheon.
What do you serve at a wedding brunch?
This is what is great about wedding brunches – your options are wide open! You can serve the best of breakfast and lunch, even dinner items! Here is a sample of a brunch menu our staff can put together for your reception:
Fresh Fruit Display
Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffles
Applewood Smoked Bacon & Country Sausage
Smoked Gouda Grits with Green Onions & Assorted Hot Sauce
Shrimp Cocktail Display
Assorted Breakfast Breads & Pastries with Whipped Honey Butter & Jams
Build your own Waffles Station with Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Blueberries and Hot Maple Syrup
Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar with all the “fixins”:
Orange Juice, Grapefruit Juice, and Cranberry Juice
Strawberries and Raspberries
Tito’s Vodka with Chef Joe’s House Made Bloody Mary Mix
Farm Pickles, Okra, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes