A gown with a lace back and cascading tulle, gorgeous white roses and can’t resist mimosas – a brunch wedding is so much fun! This inspirational wedding shoot shows how stunning a brunch wedding can be as well. And when it comes to Birmingham wedding venues, you’ve got the ideal setting.
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Food for a Brunch Wedding
If you’re planning on having your wedding based on what is undoubtedly the best meal ever invented, you know that your guests are expecting the food to be on point. We’re talking pancakes, waffles, huevos rancheros, acai bowls, avocado and eggs on everything – all those delicious dishes that make brunch amazing.
Of course, unless you’re having a dry wedding, you’re going to want to add a hit of booze to proceedings, so to stay on theme and keep everyone happy, stick with the brunch classics. That’s mimosas, bellinis, bloody marys – all those absolute brunch favourites that are going to really sing “brunch wedding”.
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Budget for a Brunch Wedding
With a brunch wedding, chances are you’re having it earlier in the day and not having a full sit down meal. This means the costs of catering and venue hire tend to come down because you won’t be in the space as long or taking up tons of kitchen room.
Also, the brunch wedding idea as a theme is a fairly casual one. It’s a lot more low key than other weddings so you can save on some of the decor and entertainment costs if you’re having a wedding brunch as the main reception celebration. Of course, you can have 100 guests and a full ballroom for your brunch too, so it’s all about your preferences and your budget.
Menswear for a Brunch Wedding
As we’ve already outlined, brunch weddings tend to be more casual affairs by their earlier nature and less formal dining situation. To carry this vibe throughout the wedding, consider the menswear and the groom attire and pair it back slightly.
Think about no jackets and ties or more natural fabrics and colours to soften the aesthetic. After all, wearing a tux to a brunch event would look weird even if it is a wedding! Strip back the formality from your menswear wedding look to match the surrounding venue and atmosphere to create a cohesive look and make the photos wonderful.
What to Look for in a Venue for a Brunch Wedding
First and foremost you’re going to want a venue that can either cater brunch style menus or has a kitchen that your caterers deem sufficient. This will probably lead you to an indoor wedding venue rather than outside or in a tent.
You want somewhere that is laid back, perhaps with exposed brick or natural wood, but a venue that still has enough space for a long table to keep the brunch wedding theme alive and well. On the whole, brunch weddings tend to be smaller events, so you may find some quirky, interesting options outside of traditional wedding venues, such as function rooms or your favourite restaurant’s private dining space.
Wedding Photo Shoot Ideas for a Brunch Wedding
When it comes to thinking up inventive and fun wedding shoot ideas for a brunch themed wedding, then immediately the 1960s diner style shoots spring to mind. Think about cute booth photos of you and your new spouse, two straws in one milkshake and feeding each other copious amounts of pancakes, eggs, waffles and other delicious brunch treats.
Alternatively, you can make your photo shoot more elegant with mimosa cheering, sitting behind a long table with all your friends and family for a more complete, traditional looking wedding photo shoot. Bonus points for photographs taken with the whipped cream canisters!
Portrait Props for a Brunch Wedding
With a brunch wedding theme, there are a number of obvious props that you can use for your portrait photos. You can get the waffle press out, use the mimosa flutes, get a whisk out and look like you’re whipping up a batch of fluffy, delicious blueberry pancakes. All very easy, theme appropriate props that your guests can have fun with and create some memorable photos with.
You can also go down the bottomless brunch theme and have some out there photo booth style props. Things like giant sunglasses, beach balls, inflatable cocktail glasses. It’s a bit more of a party vibe if you’re looking to run your brunch themed wedding into an evening reception.
Ceremony Decor for a Brunch Wedding
Fundamentally your ceremony decor for a brunch themed wedding should include those brunch favourites with your chosen wedding venue doing a lot of the heavy lifting, especially if your venue is in your favourite restaurant. Obviously, you’ll want to dress it up slightly so think about things like drapery and chair covers to add some sophistication to the overall brunch wedding look.
A lot of your chosen brunch wedding theme will come from your reception venue rather than your ceremony, so you can keep your wedding ceremony look fairly traditional and then go all out of the brunch theme afterward.
Wedding Reception Music and Entertainment for a Brunch Wedding
With a theme like brunch wedding, there are a lot of avenues that you can explore but in terms of music, with such a chilled vibe you’re probably not going to want a big noisy band or a more formal string quartet – it just won’t match the atmosphere that you’re trying to create. Instead, go for a more folk acoustic cover band or a DJ with a playlist you can help to tailor before the big day.
In terms of entertainment for a brunch wedding, you can go as kooky as you like with eating competitions and the like, but a classic is the “make your own” bars. For this theme, it could be waffle and pancake toppings, eggs cooked to order in front of you, or even different flavoured fruit purees for your mimosas.
Favours & Gifts for a Brunch Wedding
When you have a food themed wedding of any kind there is only one way to go with the wedding favours and that is with more food. Think about personalised cupcakes with the couple’s face on them and the date or just add liquid pancake mixes in prettily decorated mason jars.
For gifts for your wedding party, this is where you can really inject some fun into things with personalised waffle irons, spatulas and mimosa glasses to really tie your bridal gifts into your overall brunch wedding theme. This gives the added bonus of having your friends and loved ones being able to host you for brunch for years to come as well!
Outdoor Wedding Ideas for a Brunch Wedding
Although typically brunches are hosted indoors due to proximity to kitchens and such, you could always host your brunch themed wedding as an al fresco affair. In recent years, rooftop brunches and weddings have grown in popularity, especially in bigger cities where outdoor space is at a premium.
Having your brunch wedding on the roof of a cool restaurant, bar or hotel is a great option for an outdoor wedding as you’ll be able to utilise the kitchen downstairs for catering and have all the necessary tables, chairs and equipment on site and ready to be used. Sounds like a perfect plan!
Brunch Wedding with Mimosa Bar and Crepe Cake
With a beautiful cobalt blue colour palette, delicious looking crepe cake, and a fantastic little mimosa bar – today’s brunch wedding inspiration shoot from Katie Jane Photography is overflowing with delicious details!
From Katie Jane Photography – “Our inspiration for this shoot was a brunch wedding with a soft, romantic feel. We were inspired by the thought of a fun and relaxed brunch party complete with sweet treats (crepe cake, anyone?) and a mimosa bar. We used bright cobalt blue with accents of mint and gold.
Our bride wore a gorgeous Lusan Mandongus gown with a lace back, covered buttons and plenty of cascading tulle on the skirt to add to the ethereal feel. Our talented hair stylist, Anastasia Strattan, created the most beautiful braided updo to complete the look. We kept her style soft with a beautiful bouquet of fluffy white roses and ranunculus accented with pale blue thistle and eucalyptus.”
Credit: Photography: Katie Jane Photography // Event Planning: Borrowed & Blue // Floral Design: Petals Couture // Cake & Sweets: The Hospitality Sweet // Wedding Dress: Circle Park Bridal Boutique // Hair & Makeup: Anastasia Strattan // Invitations: Zuka Creative // Calligraphy: She, In The Making // Videography: GoMan Productions // Groom Model: Logan Chitwood // Bride Model: Candace Powell // Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals // Venue: The Empire Room in Dallas, Texas.