Brunch Is The New Black

Wedding trends evolve year to year but this year, there is a new trend in style that everyone is toasting to. Brunch style receptions and showers are becoming the go-to catering style for those who want to mix things up in an unexpected way or stretch their budget. We all know that breakfast food goes a long way and, it’s a favorite for most!  You can have ‘breakfast for dinner’ at a nighttime affair, or stay more traditional with your classic 11am-2pm brunch times.

Photo by Studio EMP // Table Design + Catering 24 Carrots //Chalk Art Inviting Occassion

Photo by Studio EMP // Table Design + Catering 24 Carrots //Chalk Art Inviting Occassion

Food stations for breakfast are virtually limitless with waffle bars, parfait bars, coffee bars, and omelet stations.  Not all of the food should be heavy so add in some fresh fares like mint grapefruit salad or whipped ricotta with fruit. Think also of salmon, light salads, or mix things up by adding a twist on classics like French toast shooters and bacon wrapped puffed pastries.

Get crafty and create uncommon stations for food, drinks, and desserts. Incorporate a biscuit bar or a chicken and waffles station.  This can be casual or as elegant as any formal reception.  Have fun with the theme by mixing in DIY drink stations like a mimosa, bellini, or bloody mary bar.  We have also seen some great create your own coffee stations.  Bakers love to create new confection treats so give them the creative freedom to add their spin on dessert bars, mini tarts, themed macaroons and pies.

TSOS Nashville Champagne Bar courtesy of Le Grand Courtage // Photo by Shalyn Nelson of Love, The Nelsons

TSOS Nashville Champagne Bar courtesy of Le Grand Courtage // Photo by Shalyn Nelson of Love, The Nelsons

Perks for a brunch time event start with cost savings.  We all know that alcohol at a wedding can lead to a stiff price tag. With a mid-day brunch, your guests will be less likely to consume as much alcohol as they would at an evening soiree.

Second, your brunch can be as simple or formal as you desire.  Brunch tends to be more kid-friendly as well because of the time.  This can be appealing to your friends with little kids or your nieces and nephews that you want to include in your event.  If you love the idea of brunch but would rather do ‘breakfast for dinner’, then host an adults-only evening reception.  It’s always a great surprise when guests show up and see that breakfast is being served for dinner!

original photography for apartment 34 by ashley batz // florals by natalie bowen designs // dishware by mrs. peasy // styling by erin hiemstra + bianca sotelo // produced by bianca sotelo

original photography for apartment 34 by ashley batz // florals by natalie bowen designs // dishware by mrs. peasy // styling by erin hiemstra + bianca sotelo // produced by bianca sotelo

Now you may find you can reallocate your budget on the fun things that brides typically scale back because of food cost,  like your photographer, flowers, and hiring a designer and stylist (LIKE US.. wink wink) to bring your vision to life.

We talked with Laura Kilts, the owner and floral designer of Magnolia’s Florals & Event Design, and asked her some questions on how to elevate a brunch reception utilizing floral design.

Q:  When you think of floralizing a brunch event what types of flowers or arrangements come to mind?

A:  When I think of a brunch event, I envision Spring flowers with bright, bold colors, huge blooms and lots of fragrance.  Tulips come in a variety of colors and shapes and peonies and garden roses are just starting to come into season.  There are more options to play with for a daytime wedding and it is easier to create a whimsical look. 

A brunch style event gives brides or the planner more options to go out of their comfort zone when deciding on color palette and patterns.  The time of day can lend itself to china and linens that have more character and florals that are spilling over onto the table. 

Incorporating props with the flowers into the tablescape design also pairs well for this type of setting.  You can make each table uniquely different within the same design.

Photo by Erin McGinn Photography via Style Me Pretty // Design, Styling + Food by Couture Pastries

Photo by Erin McGinn Photography via Style Me Pretty // Design, Styling + Food by Couture Pastries

Q: If people are cutting alcohol costs and they have more dollars to spend on flowers, what types of arrangements would you recommend that may not have previously been an option with budget?

A: Garlands have been a trend the last few years and they are on the more expensive end of the floral design realm. I love it when a bride allows for a full dimensional floral garland, rather than just greenery laying flat on the table with placed flowers. 

Full flower garlands are considerably more expensive than a single centerpiece, so you can choose to do a few tables with some and the others with centerpieces.  Flowers have the ability to draw a guest into the reception.  People use their senses to see, feel, touch and smell so when your budget allows you to have a variety of floral arrangements then you are encouraging your guests to move around the room.

Q:  If you had just one area in a space that you were given full creative control over what area would you choose to floralize?

A:  People tend to cluster in an area and that area is often the bar.  Having a bar set up that allows for enough space for décor and your cocktail items is crucial.  Creating a backdrop for a mimosa bar or floralizing a cocktail area that allows for movement and feel makes for a great party.  Giving guests something to look at while they are waiting or standing around keeps their interest.  Flowers are always great accents to your bar that can really elevate the overall look.

So, there you have it.  Brunch is the new Black.