A Morning Wedding?

The newest trend hitting the Los Angeles wedding scene is taking advantage of the best time of the day!  You don’t have to be an early riser to appreciate the beauty of the start of each day.  The rising sun, the early morning dew, and the fabulous food!  You do realize that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?  Be it a sunrise ceremony, your passion for breakfast, or a way to get a jump on your honeymoon, a brunch reception can be a delicious, low-key, and inspired choice.

Don’t worry, having a brunch reception doesn’t mean you have to have your wedding ceremony before the sun rises.  A brunch reception usually takes place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Your morning ceremony will set a mellow tone, but your brunch can still be festive (think brightly colored flowers and mimosas).  Although it’s probably best not to plan for all out rock star-style partying.  

Today’s brunch receptions are no longer reminiscent of brunch at grandma’s house. Instead, opt for fine china, champagne, and a three-course meal. Fall is a perfect season for a brunch wedding, cool morning temperatures will have people delighted by a warm brunch buffet and coffee.  It is important that when you choose a venue for your brunch to actually see it during the time of day you are planning your reception.  Pay attention to the light, or lack of light.  A dark dimly lit spot may be perfect for a reception that goes late into the night, but for a brunch, you should bask in as much sunlight as possible.

Picking a bright sunny venue is important, but choosing the right food is critical!  Everyone loves brunch!  Although pancakes and waffles would be just fine, there are so many options for brunch that this is a great opportunity to get creative!   Whether you choose a three course meal or a buffet with stations, the food choices are endless.  A good mix between breakfast and lunch options should make everyone happy.  Starters can include a smoked salmon platter with cream cheese and capers, assorted bagels, croissants, delightfully rich pastries, and fresh fruit. If you are opting for a buffet, make sure to have a made-to-order omelet station, carved meat stations, a rich brioche or challah French toast station, and of course pancakes or waffles or even crepes!.  A perfect entrée for a plated meal could be a wonderful cheese quiche or super trendy mixed vegetable frittata.  And of course, don’t forget the wedding cake.  Yes, you definitely can and should eat cake in the morning.  You may opt for a lighter cake, such as carrot, lemon, angel food cake, or go all out and serve whatever cake you want, it’s your wedding day!.

You might want to go light on the liquor – it probably 5 o’clock somewhere, but it may not be noon at your reception.   Serving wine with the meal is perfectly fine, and of course there are a few “early morning” cocktails perfect for the occasion.  Bloody Marys, mimosas, screwdrivers, fresh peach Bellini’s and champagne are perfect for the bar.  Also popular are coffee, tea, fresh fruit and smoothie bars!  Make sure you work with a caterer experienced in brunch receptions and you can be assured that your special day will start and end perfectly!

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