Did you know that there are different types of wedding receptions? Here’s a look at the options that could save you a bit of cash.
The two main types of morning, post-ceremony wedding events are breakfast and brunch receptions. These are ideal for sunrise weddings after you’ve just gotten married under the day’s very first rays of light.
The great thing about morning receptions is that they can be pretty flexible in aesthetic style and atmosphere.
For example, brunch is commonly a very casual time of day. Often, everyone has just woken up from a long night out with friends (the late breakfast is excellent for those who want — or need — to sleep in) but are still lively enough to share a yummy breakfast.
With this in mind, you can throw a breakfast or brunch reception either immediately after a daybreak ceremony, or break tradition by holding the two reception events: one for the whole crowd and a more intimate event for close loved ones the next morning.
There are drawbacks and advantages to all these options.
- These are often cheaper than traditional evening receptions. (For one, you don’t have to buy as much alcohol since guests will drink less in the morning.)
- You can leave for your honeymoon earlier in the day.
- You’ll have to wake up at the crack of dawn to get ready for your wedding, which may not be ideal. Although, many people have a hard time sleeping before getting married, so hey, you might be awake, anyway!
Ideal venue for a breakfast or brunch reception
The best place to celebrate a morning wedding reception is at an outdoor venue. Here, you can experience the full glory of the fresh sunlight, along with the crisp morning air coupled with the sun’s warmth.
Plus, the backdrop of a beautiful environment covered in morning dew and shining under the rising sun is incomparably beautiful.
The most charming locations for these settings include farms, botanical gardens, and wineries.
Wedding reception with champagne and cake
With this kind of reception, you can get away with not providing your guests with a full meal. Plus, you can hold it at any time of day, so it works for any ceremony type (morning, afternoon, or evening) and can be held indoors or outdoors.
Since the main beverage served here is champagne, you don’t have to go all out buying other types of alcohol.
Instead, if your guests want other refreshment options, you can offer tea, coffee, juice, or water.
Further, since the main dish is cake, you don’t have to ask too much from a catering service. Your food alternatives can simply include other pastries, fruits, and simple desserts.
This is perhaps the simplest kind of reception you can have, yet it still has some weaknesses and strengths.
- This is extremely budget-friendly since you don’t have to put a full menu or even a single meal together.
- These are often more intimate and shorter than other receptions, so it’s great for couples who don’t want to linger at the venue for too long (which can help save on rental costs, too!).
- Some guests might not be too happy about not receiving a full meal.
Best reception venues for a champagne and cake reception
When I think of “champagne,” I think of dusk and beautiful fairy lights that match the “sparkle” sensation of the bubbly beverage on your tongue.
With that in mind, the best type of reception venue for a champagne and cake reception are intimate, semi-outdoor spaces. Rooftops with canopy tents are excellent examples of the latter, as the fairy lights will be complemented by the city or neighborhood lights dotting the horizon.
Large patios or courtyards are great for those who opt for an indoor event.
Afternoon tea is an elegant, intimate option for couples who don’t want to go with a traditional dinner reception.
At these events, you won’t need to offer a full meal. In fact, it’s best if you don’t, as tea isn’t exactly a beverage that most people have with anything other than a light breakfast.
However, meal expectations are lowered, particularly for afternoon tea, as it comes between lunch and dinner.
However, this doesn’t mean the food quality standards are lowered, despite the petite serving sizes.
Yummy sandwiches, pastries, and other finger foods are popular choices for these event types. If you want to liven things up, newlyweds often choose to serve wine or champagne at this time, too.
Here are some costs and benefits you might want to consider before committing to a tea-time reception.
- These events are very short and sweet, leaving lots of time for partying.
- Finger foods and tea are so much cheaper than a full dinner. Plus, you don’t have to serve alcoholic beverages if you don’t want to, which can save even more money.
- Some guests might not feel comfortable with the supposed “girliness” of tea-time.
Perfect reception venues for afternoon tea
Afternoon tea is a calm, quiet, intimate event. So, the best place to have it would be an indoor venue.
Ballrooms or private party spaces in restaurants and hotels are great for this, as they often feature an open floor plan, perfect for making everyone feel involved and connected.
To open up the space even more, select an indoor venue with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. This way, the sunlight will flood into the space, and you’ll have the perfect view of the surrounding area without having to seat anyone outside in the wind and noise.
Pick a budget-friendly venue for your frugal reception
Contrary to popular habits, your wedding doesn’t have to bankrupt you. There are lots of opportunities to save money, including your selection of the reception type.
Choose any of the kinds discussed here and their complementary reception venues for an event that won’t break the bank.