There’s a strong argument to be made for brunch. Not only is it the best of both worlds, where you can sleep in late and still eat your pancakes, but it’s a great time to gather with friends and enjoy some quality time together. In the bridal world, brunch weddings are the perfect compromise for a bride who wants to be trendy, and needs to be cost efficient. There’s pros and cons to every wedding style, but if you want to have your wedding and eat pancakes too, a brunch wedding might be the choice for you. Read on below to see if a brunch wedding might be for you!

Brunch Weddings

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Pros:
1. You get pancakes. Yes, this might seem arbitrary, but so much of the wedding stress is put on the reception food, and your choices tend to be chicken or pasta. With a brunch wedding, you can expand your food options, while also finding space for some customization, such as a make-your-own-omelette station.

2. Wedding dress stress will disappear. With plenty of semi-formal dress options at much cheaper prices than full bridal gowns, a brunch wedding offers the opportunity to expand your horizons when dress shopping, and hopefully save a few bucks as well.

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Florals: Butterfly Petals | Photo: Rachael Koscica Photography

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Rentals: The Confetti Studio | Photo: Still Life Studios

3. Your venue prices drop. Statistically, afternoon/evening venue reservations are much more expensive. Moving your wedding to the morning will give you plenty of wiggle room in your budget, as well as more venue options as well.

4. It’s much more low-key. After hours of preparing and planning, don’t you want more time to just settle down and relax? Often an evening wedding can run late into the night, but with a brunch wedding, your reception can last for several hours without keeping anyone out past their bedtime.

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Rentals: Glamour & Woods | Photo: Andrew Jade Photography

Cons:
1. The party might be missing a few friends. Because a morning wedding takes such a huge chunk out of a day, it can be difficult for your hardworking pals to get away from the office to attend your big day. Finding a weekend or a bank holiday helps, but those dates are usually booked much further in advance.

2. You have to beat the heat. The sun is super strong, especially in Arizona. If you want a brunch wedding, you’re going to have to plan for the heat, and make sure your big day doesn’t get ruined by sweat stains and sunburn.

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Rentals: Glamour & Woods | Photo: Leslie D Photography

3. You don’t get your wedding morning. For brides who choose a brunch wedding, having everything prepared ahead of time is key, because while most traditional brides get an entire morning and half an afternoon to prepare, a brunch bride has just a few hours (unless you want to wake up at 3 am, which does not sound appealing.)

4. There’s weird lag time after the reception. Since your reception would be in the early afternoon, it can be hard to tell when to wrap up the afterparty. While a night wedding can rage on until 2 am, it can be difficult to tell when to send your guests home and wind down after a brunch wedding. Should they stay until four? Should they stay for dinner? So many choices can complicate your day.

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Rentals: The Confetti Studio | Photo: Still Life Studios