Morning Wedding Receptions


How to plan the perfect reception after a morning wedding.

Morning Wedding Receptions
If you are planning on holding your wedding in the morning, there are a few things to think about when you are getting your reception plans together. Because it will be earlier in the day, the food choices will naturally have to be different than an evening reception. For many people, this is a great opportunity to plan a truly unique morning wedding reception. If you want to make a great impression on your guests, you will have a few options when it comes to the type of food that you will serve.

Elegant Wedding Reception Ideas

For an elegant morning wedding reception, think about serving a breakfast of quiche and Champagne. If you have guests that do not eat eggs, you can ask your chef to use an egg substitute. This type of brunch is very memorable and is becoming more popular. This option is surprisingly quite economical, depending on your choice of Champagne, and will undoubtedly make the event an outstanding occasion for all that attend.

Early Morning Wedding Reception Ideas

One great way to save money on your morning wedding reception and still keep your guests happy is to have a brunch buffet. You can stock your brunch buffet with Belgian waffles, pancakes, and a whole host of everybody's favorite breakfast foods. This gives your guests the chance to decide what they will be eating. Another great idea is to offer custom omelets for your guests, if you will have a chef on site.

Mid Morning Wedding Reception Ideas

If you have planned your wedding to occur in mid-morning, you can consider holding a combination brunch/lunch wedding reception. You can include finger sandwiches, as well as the above mentioned breakfast foods. This makes it easy to find something that everyone can enjoy. Remember, if your guests are bringing small children, you may need to include breakfast foods that they can eat as well.

Beverages to Serve at a Morning Wedding Reception

It is also a good idea to think about the kind of beverages that you will be serving at your morning wedding reception. Typically, if you plan to serve alcohol, it is best to stick with very light wine, mimosas or Champagne. Other beverages could include sparkling water, orange juice, and other common breakfast drinks. In most cases, you can avoid having an open bar if you schedule your wedding reception for the morning hours. For many this is a great money saving option.

Putting it All Together

The key to picking refreshments for a morning wedding reception is to keep the fare light and easy to eat. This is the ideal choice for those that are looking to save money on their reception costs but wish to avoid feeling as though they are cheating their guests. In addition to these benefits, holding your ceremony earlier in the day means that you will have more time to spend getting ready for your honeymoon, and you may have more options when it comes to scheduling your flight.

Morning wedding receptions are refreshing change of pace, and are quickly becoming a very popular choice for brides. When your schedule calls for an earlier ceremony, a morning wedding reception is the perfect answer.


Written by: Cary Stuart