While most people hold their wedding receptions at night and treat their guests to a multi-course dinner, those who prefer pancakes to pasta have another option – a brunch wedding. These early-afternoon parties are a sweet and unique way to celebrate your vows.
"Nothing is sweeter than watching two people saying 'I do' with a side of maple syrup," 27-year-old Melissa R. of Atlanta, Georgia, told Brides magazine. However, she warned, don't plan the ceremony too early – your loved ones will not be happy about having to arrive at 8am to watch you walk down the aisle. Instead, plan to exchange vows at 11am, so family and friends can be enjoying their omelets by noon.
And while brunch can feel more casual than dinner, it doesn't have to be. Forgo the buffet and opt for a sit-down meal. On the RSVP cards, offer guests a choice of dishes just as you would for a dinner reception – instead of chicken, steak or vegan, include items like a western omelet, Belgian waffles and eggs Benedict.
Instead of key chains or picture frames, send guests home with brunch-themed wedding favors, such as personalized packs of coffee or individually packaged tea bags. These items will commemorate your nuptials and embody the spirit of the brunch celebration.