Bridal Brunch acceptable for reception?
Q: We have found a very nice Bridal Brunch package that is well within our budget. Since we are getting married on the 4th of July at 10:00 AM, is this an appropriate choice for the reception?
A: Many couples turn to packages that hotels or receptions halls offer in order to stay within budget as well as to receive services that they would not otherwise receive, ie. Bridal Brunch. They can range in prices and some are reasonable while some are expensive. The best thing about packages is that they are a time-saver as well as less stressful than doing it yourself. This is a good option for those without the time or the patience for some of those stressful little details.
A light meal such as a bridal brunch should not be held during the times when a guest will expect a full meal. This basically covers three time periods and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. 10:00 a.m. is the perfect time to hold a bridal brunch as it is right between breakfast and lunch. In most cases, breakfast is right around 8:00 a.m. and lunch is served at 12:00 p.m. A bridal brunch falls right into the middle of these two times. Brunches are a combination breakfast and lunch. While the fare is generally light there should be something more substantial as well. A bridal brunch can include anything from breakfast foods (muffins, eggs, etc.) to foods generally served during lunch-time (sandwiches, etc.). It can also be a mixture of both light and heavy foods.
If you wish, you may inform your guests that a brunch is to be served by either adding a line to your invitations (such as “Bridal Brunch following ceremony”) or can include the information on your reception cards. This will allow your guests to know that they shouldn’t expect a full meal and save the couple time as they won’t have to explain this. Of course, there is some contention as to whether or not this is correct by the terms of wedding etiquette, even among the etiquette gurus themselves.
You fall into the category of having a lighter fare at least 2 hours before or after a major meal-time, which means that both your choice of foods as well as the time of the reception is perfectly acceptable.