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Post Wedding Brunch Ideas

Post Wedding Brunch Ideas

Many wedding guests will have traveled long distances to attend the celebrations. For this reason, it is becoming increasingly popular to host a post wedding brunch prior to when the bride & groom head off for their honeymoon. This gives those who traveled long distances a bit more time with the couple – which is the reason they made the trip. It is a great way to show those who made a little extra effort, how important they are to you. An invitation card for the brunch can be included in the wedding invitation envelope or mailed (or emailed) separately.

There are several ways this can be handled and all of them have benefits of their own.

– If you are using a caterer for your wedding, hire them to provide a light continental breakfast the next morning.

– Negotiate with the wedding reception venue to hold it there and you may be able to lower your food and beverage minimum or get a better room rental rate by having two events in the same space – especially if the set-up can remain. If you hosted your festivities under a tent, make arrangements with the rental companies to hold off on shutting down until after the brunch.

– If the group is small enough, hold it at a family members home and order pastries from a local bakery or send someone out for donuts & juice.

– Hold it at a local breakfast spot. If you choose, you can indicate on the invite that it is a pay-your-own-way affair. Be sure to schedule with the cafe ahead of time.

Tips:

Keep it simple! The wedding and reception were big, elaborate affairs – this is just an additional chance to thank your bridal party and/or spend time with out of town guests.

Don’t invite everyone! Keep the guest list to those you really want to make sure you get extra time with.

Delegate! Assign the entire thing or portions of it to a willing bridesmaid or eager-to-help mother in-law.

Let them sleep in! Don’t schedule it for 7:30 am just because you want to head off to your honeymoon. A brunch is considered to be between the hours of 9:00 am – 11:30 am. If you and your guests were up late at the reception (and you know they will be), be kind to them and yourself by letting everyone get some rest!

**For ideas on hosting a brunch wedding & reception see this post.

Image Credits: Savory Cuisine Catering 

Wedding Wednesday: Childrens Room at the Reception

 

Kids at a wedding

(this is the Roskelley clan squinting in the sun at my wedding 5 1/2 years ago – my parents, eight siblings, their spouses and children – we’ve added more since then)

I have over 40 nieces and nephews and even though they took up nearly 1/2 of our very limited guest list for our wedding reception, I wasn’t budging on having them invited – they are my favorite people!! If you are like me, you want the little ones in your family included in your biggest day but also know that the festivities will last A LOT longer than their little attention spans. Some of the smartest people I know have included a children’s room at their reception.

I volunteered to be in with the kids at the wedding reception of my good friends sister so her family could enjoy the reception activities, but the children could eat pizza, watch a movie and play with lots of toys (it was held at an LDS church were the nursery room already has LOTS of toys). I had a blast and the kids were nearby for photo’s and went in and out of the reception area as they pleased, but they also had their own space to act crazy and have a good time.

Luckily, reception centers in Utah County are catching on. My nephew had his wedding reception at the Bella Vista reception center in Lindon, UT and they have a small room connected to the main reception room for kids. It was filled with comfy bean bags and they played kids movies during the reception – super smart!

Are there other reception centers in the area that you know have a kid friendly plan in place?

Wedding Wednesday: Hors d’oeuvres reception

If you are planning a smaller reception/open house for your wedding, 100 guests or less (that is smaller for Utah), consider an hors d’oeuvres reception (yes, I did have to look up how to spell that, it’s a tricky word!). I wish I had done something like this for my own wedding because it provides a more social atmosphere by encouraging mingling. Your event will feel more like a party than if you serve a sit down meal. It may even be less expensive than the sit down meal, based on what you select to serve and it will definitely be more fun!

Here are some Hors d’oeuvres reception ideas to consider:

Food:

As long as you note on your invitation the type of event, guests will know what to plan for and won’t come expecting a meal. Plan for 6-8 bites per person. For lots of fun mini-food ideas visit here.

mini-burgers-and-fries mini-veggie-dips

You can have food stations placed around the room, have them passed by waiters (or willing nieces and nephews who otherwise would be running around causing a scene), or you could do a combination of both – have a few food stations around the room and then have a few items passed that fit the theme of your wedding.

I love using a Mini Plastic Dessert Cup and Mini Tasting Spoons to help control portion size!

Here are two important tips:

1- The more items you offer, the more you will need to prepare because chances are there will be many who want to taste it all. If you’d be safe to offer 3 savory, 3 sweet and two drink options.

2- Help yourself out by portioning the food for guests. Place a few veggies in a cup with some dip rather than placing everything on trays and allowing guests to portion items themselves.

Drinks:

diet coke cocktails

It is less common in Utah to offer an open bar because of the demographics. However, I love the idea of having an open soda bar. Have a station where guests can have a “bar tender” pour them a glass of their favorite soda and offer syrup mix-ins to make it fun. Or, do an Italian soda bar or offer a signature mocktail (that’s a nonalcoholic cocktail).

Decor:

cocktail round

Rather than setting up large banquet round tables, go for tall cocktail rounds and add in a few that are low with 4 chairs per table. The way you set the room will tell guests what you want them to do. If you have large rounds with 8-10 chairs they will sit down and not move. But if they are at a cocktail round they will be up and will be more likely to socialize with each other.

Entertainment:

wedding band

To continue the party atmosphere I really like the idea of live music for this type of wedding. You could do a band, a pianist, dueling pianos or something unique to your wedding theme (like steel drums). You could also choose to go with a DJ who will help keep the party going.

Image credits: burgers/veggies, diet coke, cocktail rounds, band

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