One great way to save money on your wedding is to host a morning or early afternoon ceremony and reception, rather than the traditional evening celebration. Not only would a morning or afternoon wedding be more affordable, but it allows brides and grooms to put their unique style into their big day. Who doesn't love breakfast food, right? Think coffee, mimosas, waffles & maple syrup, yogurt bar, donut tower, bacon, biscuits and gravy, and omelet station. And why not get the party started early. Who said you had to wait until sunset? Here are our Top 5 Reasons to have a Springtime Brunch Wedding.
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Reception venues are typically less expensive to rent during the daytime. A Sunday afternoon ceremony starting at noon with the reception beginning at 1 p.m. could save you significant cash or consider a Saturday morning ceremony. Brunch food is also less expensive than a sit-down dinner or buffet. Getting the party started early also means guests will partake in less alcohol than an evening shindig.
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CREATIVE BRUNCH FOOD
Let's be honest, this really is the number one reason we love early wedding receptions. Brides and grooms can get so creative with brunch foods. There are so many creative food bars that are perfect for late morning receptions, such as: coffee bar, omelet station, fresh fruit and yogurt bar, pancake/crepe with various toppings and syrups, and a breakfast sweets table. Chicken and waffles, flavored teas, strawberry lemonade, bacon wrapped anything, chicken salad, quiche, and sparkling wine would be great for an early afternoon party. To make your day even more memorable, opt for a less traditional wedding cake like a donut tower, cheesecake, fresh blueberry or lemon cake, or maybe a tasty cake made of waffles topped with syrup.
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FORMAL OR RELAXED
Tea length dresses and khakis or suits and bow-ties. An early wedding provides you the opportunity to have a less formal attire if you that is the vibe you wish to set. This could also be cost-effective for the wedding party by ditching the tuxedos and opting for khakis, suspenders and bow-ties. The ladies could wear floral sundresses - a style that could be worn again.
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WARMER TEMPS AND SUNSHINE
After a long cold winter, guests are eager to get outside and soak up some sunshine. This is the perfect opportunity to host your afternoon ceremony overlooking a beautiful lake with fresh flowers blooming all around. For the reception, allow guests to move inside and out by setting up lawn games like giant jenga and chess, bocci ball, or croquet. Weather can be fickle in the spring, so have a back-up plan if you are hosting an outdoor ceremony.
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Starting the festivities earlier means more time to mix and mingle with guests at the reception. The older folks and parents with young kiddos are in no hurry to rush home for bedtime (leaving the party early), so more people should be sticking around for the duration of the reception. More daylight means you and your photographer don't have to feel rushed to get all those outside wedding shots in before the sun goes down. Not to forget that long-awaited honeymoon. No need to wait until the next day to jet out on your beach vacation. With an earlier ceremony and reception, you might just be able to catch that sunset. What a perfect way to end your wedding night, right? Or, if you and your guests are not ready to end the party, you could rent a party bus and head downtown to your favorite pub for more drinks and dancing.