Breakfast Wedding Menu for an Evening Reception
After some dancing and mingling with our guests, it was time for dinner! Well…breakfast. For dinner. Ch’yeah. Keep reading to see how our breakfast wedding menu went over.
Since our breakfast-for-dinner planning post was one of the most popular posts I wrote (you can read all about our pre-wedding brinner plans here!), I figured I would follow it up post-wedding and fill you in on how it actually went down, how it was received by our guests, and whether we would still have brinner at our reception if we could do it all over again. Spoiler alert: We totally, 100% would.
Photos by Kristina Ross Photography
When I first wrote the “Breakfast for Dinner” post, I was still finalizing the breakfast wedding menu with our caterer and discussing the best options for what foods to serve to please all of our guests. Mr. C and I knew we wanted the traditional wedding foods served during the main mealtime, with some breakfasty hors d’ouvres served during the cocktail hour. While I didn’t get a chance to write a post on our cake plans prior to the wedding, we did end up hiring a small, local bake shop to make us a small cake, as well as finger-type foods that fit in with our breakfast theme.
The bakery supplied us with bite-size cinnamon rolls, mini pull-apart monkey bread, mini pumpkin muffins, and mini blueberry scones. Everything was so fresh and delicious, and I’m so sad I didn’t get to try everything.
The caterer also provided the assorted fruit tray and dip, and my family was kind enough to slice up a fancy cheese-and-cracker tray. There was a huge assortment of different goodies for the guests to nosh on during the cocktail hour, as well as several large galvanized tubs full of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The day-of coordinator, Emily, was kind enough to bring both Mr. C and me glass bottles of Coke and a tray of snacks during the family photos. Sadly, I didn’t get to see the spread all laid out, but I do have this photo to show that it did indeed exist!
Another element of our breakfast wedding menu that I put a good bit of thought and effort into was our coffee bar. I’m a self-proclaimed coffee addict, and I knew it would be the perfect touch for our breakfast cuisine. The hot coffee was supplied by our caterer, while I spent the night before the wedding googling how to cold-brew coffee so that we would have iced coffee. Priorities, people! In the weeks before the wedding I also frequented our local restaurant supply store to stock up on different flavors of syrups, as well as fun straws and stirrers. Although it isn’t the fanciest coffee bar, I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It was a personal touch so many of our guests appreciated, and this bride was psyched to make her own iced coffee during the reception.
After the cocktail hour yummies, it was time to chow down on the real deal from our breakfast wedding menu—brinner! While I wish I had a photo of all the different stations to show you, trust me when I say that it was the most beautiful display of breakfast foods this side of IHOP. Once our guests were dismissed by table, they had a chance to create their own made-to-order omelets, with a huge variety of meat and vegetable mix-ins. For our 100 guests, there were four stations, which seemed to make the process go much faster than the two stations we had originally planned on. Definitely a good call by the catering company! After plating their omelets, our guests went down the line of tables to fill their plates with the breakfast essentials—bacon, sausage, fresh carved ham, french toast (with whipped cream and strawberry topping), and hash browns.
Everything about our breakfast wedding menu was incredibly delicious and even better than I imagined it would be. When I first told our friends and family we were serving a catered breakfast, a lot assumed that it would be equivalent to a continental breakfast at a hotel at worst, and a Denny’s breakfast at best. While I had high expectations for my caterer, we didn’t get to sample our food prior to the wedding (no taste-testings for us—boo), so I wasn’t exactly able to ease their fears.
My worries about our breakfast wedding menu were put to rest as soon as I saw the delicious spread and started chowing down. Everything tasted incredible, it was served hot, and it was obvious that only the freshest ingredients were used. It was so fun hearing our guests talking about how different and fun our wedding food was, and I might have heard a few “best wedding food ever!” comments through out the night. Our vintage plates were overflowing with breakfasty goodness, and I snagged Kristina to take this photo to remember it by…
Overall, we couldn’t have been more pleased with our breakfast wedding menu. While it certainly may not be every couple’s cup of coffee tea, we wouldn’t change a thing. We got all positive feedback from our guests, and if someone had something else to say, they kept it to themselves. Even my naysayer of a father, who doubted this idea from the very beginning, told us afterward that it was a great choice.
To couples who are interested in creating a breakfast wedding menu for an evening reception, I say go for it! My first piece of advice is to contact several caterers and get their pricing and packages on buffet breakfasts. Not all caterers will be able to provide the made-to-order options or meat-carving stations, and it’s important to know this when comparing prices and services. Pick a caterer who allows you to mix-and-match items to build your own menu so you can make it as casual or as “upscale breakfast” as you’d like. While we could have certainly gone crazier with the fancy breakfast options (we explored the idea of a quiche station and a yogurt parfait bar), we kept the food simple and fuss-free, and went with the traditional breakfast comfort foods—this ended up saving us a lot of money! Finding a caterer that includes all of your linens and silverware is also something I’d recommend, since it’s one less vendor to find and hire.
So there you have it…the Clownfishes’ wedding brinner. It was delicious. We saved a bunch of money. We’d totally plan our breakfast wedding menu all over again.
Up next…some speeches and a cake cutting!