What’s better than Sunday brunch? Wedding day brunch! Switching up the normal wedding reception meal can not only make a huge impression on your guests, it can save you money in your wedding budget, and it can actually taste a whole lot better than the standard chicken dinner. Brunch is a perfect idea for an elopement wedding because it’s easy to serve to a smaller group of people, and you can celebrate early and take the rest of your day to get a headstart on your honeymoon!
If you’re planning an elopement wedding, you know there are a lot of options. Elopement means something different to everyone. Some couples choose to only have a witness, an officiant, and that’s about it. In this post, we’re talking about the elopement weddings that have a few close friends and family. You still want to have some sort of party, but not the big blowout bonanza that is traditionally done.
Here are some of our favorite tips to have a memorable celebration at your wedding with brunch!
Start With a Coffee (Bar)
If there’s something that every brunch must have, it’s coffee. A fun way to serve coffee at your elopement wedding is to set up a coffee bar. You can have all kinds of flavored syrups in pretty glass bottles, dairy and non-dairy creamer, and if you want to step it up a notch, you can get one of those fancy espresso makers so your guests can make lattes.
If you want everyone to be able to relax and not have to serve themselves, you can always hire a local coffee shop to come in and cater coffee for your brunch. There are lots of places that have a “mobile” setup that they can bring to events, and this way, everyone will be able to get exactly what they want without having to lift a finger.
Something a Little Stronger, Perhaps
Coffee is great, but for most people, brunch is best with a bit of champagne. Toast the meal (and your new life) with some sparkling mimosas! Since we’re in Georgia, we must suggest using peach nectar in place of orange juice to make your mimosas a little extra special. Try it… we think you’ll be a fan!
A bloody mary bar is also a fun way to serve adult beverages with brunch. Supply all the favorite “toppings” and add-ins like pickled okra, stuffed olives, pickles, celery stalks, Old Bay seasoning, hot sauce… you get the idea. Everyone can make their own beverage just the way they like it.
Elevate Your Favorites
Everyone loves waffles, hash browns, grits, and omelets, but why not elevate these brunch favorites for your special day? Do some research online and find some recipes that offer a fun twist on the classics, or just source some in-season local ingredients to jazz up everyone’s favorite foods. What about oatmeal with Georgia pecans, local honey, and peaches? Yum!
If you don’t already have enough “bars” set up, consider a grits bar. Southern Living shared some amazing grits bar ideas in this article and even linked to a slow cooker recipe that would be perfect for a wedding brunch. You can make it the night before and just bring it out, ready to serve, that morning!
Send Them Home With a Yummy Memento
When you serve brunch at your elopement wedding, you will want to send your guests home with more than just full bellies. Consider a brunch-themed favor that they can take with them to remember the occasion.
There are lots of fun ideas for favors around this theme like mini maple syrups, homemade muffin mixes, local coffee beans (with a cute mug), or peach preserves. Get creative and add personalized labels and a little thank you message! Your guests will absolutely love it.
If you want to have an elopement wedding that’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, we would love to host you and your guests! Burruss Mill Falls is home to beautiful cascading waterfalls and a charming historic grist mill. We provide our couples with everything they need to have the elopement of their dreams, including music, photography, flowers, and more. Give us a call at 770-205-7641 to learn more about our property and wedding packages!