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What the Brunch?!

Brunch Wedding Are Seriously Trending in 2018 —Here's How to Do It Right!

Timing Is Everything
A typical brunch reception will usually take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you'd like it to be more of a breakfast, 9 a.m. is usually the earliest starting time to consider. Serving juices, coffee and cocktails along with something light, before moving onto the main course, to avoid overwhelming guests who may still be wiping sleep from their eyes. Then, of course, comes coffee, dessert and wedding cake. Brunch is best served buffet style or as a seated meal (or as a prefixed type meal). Or alternative is a cocktail brunch, which is where your guests will enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres style (maybe scrambled egg tartlets and mini French toast bites) and cocktails like mimosas, Bellinis, champagne and punch, as they mingle and celebrate!

Festive Vs. Formal
Morning naturally sets a more calming/mellow tone. A brunch can still be festive, but it probably WILL NOT include a crazy dance party. For a more formal atmosphere, go for fine china, champagne and a three-course meal. Have a decadent raw bar if you're really looking to impress. Also consider the time of year. If your wedding day falls during leaf-turning season, choose an ideal space where windows frame the colorful mosaic of gold and red hues. Or for winter wedding; consider a cozy brunch by a roaring fire. In springtime, a tented garden soiree or a restaurant's rooftop are both beautiful ways to celebrate in the newly warm weather.

Brunch Food Trends
One word: frittatas. This Italian vegetable-and-egg dish is all the rage. Grilled veggies are a tasty alternative. Smoked things—not just salmon and sable, but tuna bacon and salmon bacon, smoked tuna and smoked meats, and even smoked vegetables! Southern-inspired comfort food, like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and homemade bicuits are also making a comeback. Provide creative variations to satisfy any guests' cravings for lunch: grilled chicken salad wraps, open-face sandwiches, caprese salad and smoked salmon wraps instead of the traditional bagels and lox. You can never go wrong with food stations, a lively (and less crowded) alternative to the standard buffet that are definitely still trending. Consider an omelet, French toast, crepe or pancake station (with various toppings and syrups). Offer an espresso bar or made-to-order drip coffee station, with an option for hot chocolate and tea for non-coffee drinkers.

Think Drinks
Go light on the liquor! Don't forget morning favorites, like Bloody Marys, mimosas, screwdrivers, mint juleps, punch, tequila sunrise (grenadine, tequila and orange juice), Bellinis or champagne with a few berries dropped in. And, of course, include delicious nonalcoholic breakfast beverages such as coffee (Americano, cafe au lait, espresso, cappuccino or Thai iced coffee), tea, (black, green, mint, spiced, chai, chamomile, Earl Grey and English breakfast), fresh juices, hot chocolate and fruit smoothies. For a Southern affair, think iced tea with lemon, peach tea, fresh strawberry or watermelon lemonade, and raspberry ginger ale punch.