Wed & Breakfast

// by Jocelyn Tolbert

Wedding budgets can get out of control quickly. One way to cut expenses and still have a good time? Carpe mimosas.

“Brunch weddings are very good for a budget-friendly bride and there’s a lot of different options,” says Monica Bernhardt, president of To-Doers Event Planning. “You can still have the photo booth and the band. You can still have the fun stuff.”

Budget is the number one thing that Bernhardt says may influence couples to choose a brunch wedding, as catering and venues are usually cheaper during the morning hours. But there are other benefits.

“It’s not something people do every week, and it will definitely differentiate your wedding,” Bernhardt says. “I see it more for second time around kind of weddings. I do see it for younger couples as well, couples who just don’t want to have the big bar. It’s a great option if you aren’t looking for that throwdown.”

However, if you are envisioning a huge dance party, a brunch wedding probably won’t fulfill that fantasy. Also, Bernhardt says that guests will leave faster than they would from an evening reception. And if you’re not a morning person, this might not be for you.

“Think about the timing of doing your hair and makeup. You’re going to be waking up a lot earlier,” she says. “You’re going to get up at 4 or 5 AM. Make sure your vendors are capable of setting up that early and if you want to have your hair and makeup done, make sure they’re willing and able to come.”

If you do decide to go for a brunch wedding, creativity is key. “You can make it your own. There’s so many different things you can do,” Bernhardt says. “We’ve had steel drum bands. I had a bride do a waffle bar a couple years ago. I recommend doing something unique like that. Maybe a shrimp and grits station.”

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