Unique Wedding Menu for Your Reception | Brunch Menu

Written by on June 28, 2012 in Wedding Food, Wedding Reception with 1 Comment

unique wedding ideas menu brunchFor years, the standard menu for a wedding reception has been a 3 to 6 course meal, plate served by catering staff, while guests sit in their assigned seats at their assigned tables — sometimes for hours while the meal is served.

Today, unique brides are daring to buck this tradition in a number of ways. Let’s look at a Brunch WEdding Reception as an alternative to the norm.

Did you know you can save a some money on rental fees if you consider booking your reception for a different time of day? These parties can still be a blast — after all, it’s the people, not the time of day that makes a party.

A Brunch Reception

A morning ceremony is a refreshing change of pace from late afternoon or evening ceremonies. This allows you to host a brunch reception. The foods choices for a brunch reception are unlimited and can be lots of fun. Instead of having the meal plate served, a buffet or food stations are the way to go with a brunch menu.

Wedding Brunch Menu Ideas

I have catered more than one brunch and I love how the creative you can get with the food offerings. Whether using a buffet or designating food stations combined with a few waiter served dishes, you can have some fun coming up with this menu. Here are a few ideas from a food station brunch I catered a few years ago. You can easily adapt it to a full buffet if you prefer.

Pastries Station:  Cinnamon rolls, Danish, mini muffins, bagels, English muffins, croissants, assorted breads with a toaster available. Condiments on station included whipped butter, cream cheese, and jellies/jams.

Breakfast Station:  Bacon, scrambled eggs, biscuits, sausage gravy, quiche, home fries. We also had an omelet station set up next to this station.

fruit displayFruits & Vegetables Station:  This station featured a centerpiece of a pineapple palm tree with assorted fresh fruits, vegetables and chunk cheeses displayed underneath on a bed of ice to keep it fresh and crisp. Assorted crackers and flat breads were displayed in baskets and tiered stands around the perimeter. Fruit and vegetable dips were also placed in the ice to keep them cold and safe during serving times.

Lunch Station: Our lunch station featured carved roast beef, lemon chicken breasts, new potatoes, garden fresh green beans, steamed carrots, layer salad and cold pasta salad.

mini pancake skewersThe wait staff passed food offerings included:

  • Mini pancakes sandwiching a sausage link on a skewer served over a wide mouthed shot glass of maple syrup
  • Quartered and skewered stuffed French toast topped with fresh berries and whipped cream
  • Chicken Quesadillas cut pizza style
  • Skewered Coconut Shrimp

Additionally, we set up two drink stations in different ends of the room that served coffee, assorted juices, milk, iced tea and lemonade.

You could have a bar that offers Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s or have a champagne fountain for a champagne brunch.

A brunch reception has many benefits — with the type of food being a big one! Just remember, you can serve whatever type of food you want at whatever time of day. Just be thoughtful and let your guests know through the invitation information. We have brunch food for dinner at least once a month at my house…

Hey, is anyone else hungry now?


Image Credits:

Menu: Public Domain
Fruit Display: DIY Wedding and Event Decorating
Mini Pancakes: Irym’s Blog

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About the Author: With 20+ years in the wedding and event industry, I have seen a lot of unique, unusual and funky weddings. Every one of them were a journey of discovery and a reflection of the bride and groom. I had a ball and am now passing along some of those pearls of wisdom to today's brides and grooms. A wedding is personal -- it's about the two of you and your relationship -- let's make it as unique and offbeat as you each are! .


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