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Getting Excited About Brunch


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

Getting Excited About Brunch | A Practical WeddingSo, we now have our wedding venue all booked, and it is just lovely. But, it turns out we are having a Brunch wedding, instead of a evening wedding. I was initially a little apprehensive about this (Would people still have fun? Would they dance? Oh dear), but my fantastic friends have been doing their best to cheer me up. So, I had to post this list of reasons to get excited that my friend Beck sent me. Hats are also off to Kate, who offered to go to brunch with me regularly, as wedding homework.

A Brunch Wedding will be fabulous!
1. Everyone loves mimosas – and it makes your champagne last a bit longer.
2. You can serve more variety in your food, because you have both breakfast and lunch to pull from.
3. You don’t have to worry about extra lighting.
4. You get the ceremony part over with early and have more time to enjoy your party.
5. You have time afterward to maybe go out with friends – nothing like bar hopping in your wedding dress.
6. You actually won’t have so many guests leaving early (they won’t have to go to bed, or put children to bed, etc.)
7. You get to wear your dress longer.
8. You look better in photos earlier in the day because you haven’t had gravity pulling on your face all day.
9. You can use a lot more bright colors and accents.
10. Most of your guests are from the 909. Free booze… you think they WON’T dance?
11. You are a morning person anyway.
12. It gives me an excellent favor idea – that’s free, sort of. Since people will have the rest of the day available, you could make and print a brochure and map of the city and your’s and David’s favorite places.
13. Drinking in the morning is fun!

Brunch photos via Snippet and Ink.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17058968076601943527 lsaspacey

    So funny, you wrote about this. (By the way, yes I’m going through your archives. I have an event background myself working with non-profits, love weddings, and think they can be put on for less and still be beautiful and creative.)

    Well…while looking through your posts, I was thinking about how I still really want a brunch wedding and lo and behold see this post. Are you sure you’re not me in an alternative universe?

    I will definitely be back! Great blog and will be sending this link to any and all unmarried but soon to be hitched chicks I meet. Good luck!

  • CAMinSD

    Somehow I missed the part where most of your guests were from the 909, the area code that taught me how to party! (And to think critically about California geography with regard to the ocean for my next move). Since this is my first trip to the Planning Archive and my First Day of Planning, I’m declaring the reference auspicious!

    • meg

      Ha. Born and raised. Both of us.

  • Stephasaurus

    Just digging through the archives as I delve deeper into planning our wedding, and I was delighted to find this post! We just booked our venue a month ago, and we’re doing a brunch wedding too. At first I was also apprehensive, but the more I think about it, the more I think it’ll be kickASS. I love your list of why a brunch wedding is awesome, and I never knew you had a brunch recpetion. Rock on and thanks for this post. :)

  • Skittle

    I am warming up to the brunch idea. Mostly because I have this vague notion in my head of getting married on 11/11/13, which happens to be a Monday and Veteran’s day, and since people would probably travel out here Sunday night, I would want them to get home at a decent hour Monday since most will likely work on Tuesday. Plus, most of my friends and I could always go out afterwards :)

    Plus, I love the idea of partying out in the sunshine (if it’s not in November!) better than partying until the sun comes up.

  • Erin

    I just read your book in record time (for me), great way to start the year I get married (or, um, finally start planning that wedding folks are getting so uppity about…) And now I lurk all over this site like a bridal imp. But I had to crack up– 909, really? My fiance and I are born and raised in San Bernardino (though he fled to your current neck of the woods for school). I know it’s a huge county, but I wasn’t expecting that. People aren’t always big on saying they’re from here (I’m looking at you, Gene Hackman). Anyhoo, I love an IE success story, so…