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One of my favorite summer activities is watching the huzface cook up a frittata, sipping on a mimosa and enjoying the summer sun and the company around me. There are few things that make me feel more glamorous. So I figured, if this makes me feel all “I can be amazing and light and airy and graceful and comfortable and free,” why not translate it into a wedding? The plus side: Brunches can be done on the super cheap, whether it’s actually at brunch time (which saves you money on the whole Saturday night deal) or it can be held at night and be a whimsical escape into morning loveliness.

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Whether you decide to have your brunch-themed wedding at the standard brunch time or shift it into the evening for a quirky twist, there’s some amazing, brunch-tastic wedding inspiration out there.

I perused my own (and, let’s admit it, EVERYONE’S) Pinterest feed and came up with some pretty snazzy ideas.

OBVIOUSLY, since it’s a brunch, you’ll need mimosas. No brunch is complete without.

But why not also do a bloody mary bar? Save on bartending costs (if your venue will allow) and buy bulk bottles of vodka, big old jugs of tomato juice and stock up on some Tabasco sauce. Arrange with platters of celery, pickled asparagus, limes, lemons and whatever else you deem necessary and let the guests mix up their red bevs to their own desire.

Since you have all that tomato juice, why not get some cheap beer (or a keg?) and do red beer? Heck, you also have some orange juice, so brass monkeys (equal part beer and OJ) could also be on the menu.

But what about noms? Well for brunch, quiche and fritattas are the smack-you-in-the-face answer. Some of┬ámy personal favesies recipes come from Epicurious.com. And they’re great because you can make them a couple of days ahead of time. Get your whole brigade to chip in and you could feed ALL THE PEOPLE!

But, um, you’re going to have some DUDES at your shindig. Chances are you’ll need MEAT. So … how about some bacon cups? These would need to be made soon before consumption, but I can tell you from experience: Soooo goooood.

Once I started rolling with the idea of personal servings, the options became endless.

A muffin bar would give your guests a plethora of options. Put them in nifty cupcake wrappers, and advertise the options with sweet little signs.

Take any of your favorite foods and make it mini! Little French toast corners served in a cup with maple syrup. Same goes with pancakes and waffles. Stick a toothpick in ’em and eat up!

Speaking of France, you could set up a crepe station. Have a stack of crepes and spread out an array of fillings — onion, bacon, berries, you name it. Make sure you have a canister of powdered sugar to top it all off!

Of course you never want to leave out sausage. It’s a breakfast and brunch staple. Enter pigs in a blanket: Easy, cheap, and always a favorite.

For the more health-conscious, fill small mason jars with fruit, yogurt and granola for an individual parfait. Decorate the jars and they can double as wedding favors.

To get more ideas and inspiration, feel free to check out my Pinterest board.

What theme ideas do you have in mind? Would you be down for doing a brunch wedding?

 


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Christen Moynihan is the Editorial Manager/ Accounts Goddess/ Unicorn Wrangler for The Broke-Ass Bride. Lover of swimming, tattoos, elephants, bourbon and Champagne. Culinary crusader, adventure advocate, kitty cuddler. Nomad, extroverted-introvert and geek fo lyfe. High-fives are her currency. Affiliate links, like the ones in this post, help make her real money so she can keep rocking life, broke-ass style. Play along on Twitter (BrokeAssChris10), Pinterest (HalfPint1011) and Instagram (HalfPint1011). If you're curious about the world of affiliate marketing, check her out at Bourbon & Sparkle
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  • 39bride

    Brunch was my earliest thought on receptions, but timing and budget conspired for a venue only available in the afternoon. You're making me think twice with these fabulous ideas, though!

    • http://halfpintwords.wordpress.com halfpint1011

      You could totally do a brunch in the afternoon! Just make it the central theme and ensure you have hearty enough food (which isn't hard with breakfast-y noms).

  • missscarlet88

    I won't be doing a brunch wedding, but the morning after, I would definitely like to have a brunch with close family and friends.

  • http://www.htmlsymbol.com/ HtmlSymbol

    I hope to incorporate this into my events…. I will have a few OOT guests that I would like to have extra time with :)

    • http://halfpintwords.wordpress.com halfpint1011

      Day-after brunches are always a great idea to recover and recap the night before. And it's a fantastic opportunity to let loose with your guests and not be a ball of stress.

      • missscarlet88

        Precisely! :)

  • http://twitter.com/MissusMyers @MissusMyers

    We're having a brunch reception after our marriage ceremony on June 24th. Hot coffee, iced coffee, hot tea, iced tea, lemonade, and rum punch will greet our guests as they enter the reception in the Neighborhood House across the street from the church. We'll also have quiche slices, assorted yummy tea sandwiches, cookies, mini pastries, 3 flavors of cake, and a huge bowl or two of fresh strawberries and cream. My mother is also baking cooking to add to the caterer's offerings. We can't wait!

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  • http://www.impressionlink.com ImpressionLink

    Thanks for sharing this. Very nice ideas out there, I am going to use it for sure when I am able to and this is kinda cheap also. Best of luck from ImpressionLink