Brunches! Not only are brunches delicious — but they can frequently be cheaper options, as well.
Weddings are supposed to be the happiest day of your life. In fact, they’re often such joyous occasions that many Americans end up getting married two or three times. As the cost of planning a wedding continues to rise, brides are more interested than ever in finding fun yet affordable eating options for their receptions.
While many brides still spend their post-proposal days flipping through the pages of bridal magazines, the modern bride is much more likely to plan her dream wedding online — we’re now living in the Pinterest Age of wedding planning.
But that perfect dream wedding doesn’t come cheap. So just how much are brides spending in 2015?
The average wedding ceremony and reception budget is $28,385, which is sometimes more than what many newlyweds make in a year. But, of course, there’s also the rehearsal dinner of your dreams. In 2013, U.S. brides spend an average of almost $1,200 on their rehearsal dinners, up from about $1,100 the year before. And in 2015, morning after wedding brunches are also popular among brides.
Many couples plan a three day affair (okay, poor choice of words). Three day nuptials include a rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception, followed by a Sunday brunch buffet. On average, those after wedding brunch dishes cost up to $450 in total.
However, because almost 35% of weddings are now held outdoors, according to Hudson Valley Weddings, many summer brides are choosing morning ceremonies. Holding a morning ceremony can help brides book in-demand, unique wedding places, while also avoiding the sweat-inducing (and makeup destroying) summer sun.
So for couples that say “I Do” right after sunrise, a Saturday or Sunday morning brunch buffet makes more sense than a traditional dinner. And in 2015, ethnic-inspired brunch dishes are the latest “hot trend” on catering menus. For example, Asian-flavored syrups, Chorizo scrambled eggs, or coconut milk pancakes and crepes can add a touch of class to plain old breakfast items.
For brides and grooms who opt for a morning ceremony, or who don’t want to plan three days of wedding festivities, then a Sunday brunch buffet is a popular solution.
After all, everyone loves brunch, and what brunch wouldn’t be improved by mimosas and wedding cake?