Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re bubbling about your upcoming wedding. First of all, congratulations! Second, I’m sure your head is spinning with all of the possibilities. Silk flowers or fresh picked flowers, blue or purple, buffet or hors d’oeuvres! While a lot of thought is put into the ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner, the day after can’t be forgotten about. Brunch has its roots in England, but it took 30 years for the Americans to catch on! Below you’ll find some fantastic Sunday brunch ideas that won’t break the bank (the average Sunday brunch costs $457 while the rehearsal dinner costs almost triple that at $1,184).
If you like to treat guests with the latest ‘in’ trends, why not give other cultures a chance to shine? It was found that 67% of restaurant-goers gravitate towards a growing menu of ethnic-inspired breakfast items. Switch out the normal food items with exotic choices like coconut milk pancakes, Korean Kimchee scrambled eggs, Chinese friend sponge cakes and porridge, flatbread and fruit inspired by Kenya, or maybe even traditional sweet French pastries.
When you hear of Southern breakfast, what do you think? I bet it’s the overly stereotypical chicken and waffles, right? There’s a reason the South is known for its food and chicken and waffles are certainly not even the tip of the iceberg. With such a wide variety of cultures in the South (Creole, Cajun, French, Scottish, Irish, to name a few), the Sunday brunch ideas are infinite! The meals are usually hearty and savory with ingredients typically found in dinner. Try some shrimp and grits, biscuits slathered in gravy, fried green potatoes, French toast topped with candied pecans, hash browns, or even casseroles. Whatever breakfast items are chosen, just make sure to include a biscuit on the side … it’s the Southern way.
Upscale and Classy
If you choose a more sophisticated route, delicate breakfast items are a must. Don’t forget the pristine utensils and plates! A few sprinkled rose petals are sure to add pop to a pure white tablecloth as well. Why not try meticulously shaped fruit, freshly baked turnovers, fantastic smoothies blended with the freshest ingredients, perfectly baked quiches, crepes, or cream cheese and pecan sprinkled petit sticky buns? Your guests are sure to feel like royalty!
Maybe you’d just rather a plain-ole home style Sunday brunch buffet. You’d rather opt for more traditional than odd Sunday brunch ideas. After all, most people will have a hangover anyway! You’re sure to include buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, scones and butter, breakfast sausage, cinnamon rolls, fruit, eggs of some sort, toast, and of course bacon. Who would go for a traditional breakfast and not include bacon?
Off the Wall Bizarre
Perhaps you’re one of those people who like to break the mold. You don’t want to do anything expected and would rather opt for quirky and unusual. I bet you’re looking at unique wedding places, too! You come up with your own Sunday brunch ideas, rather than rely on someone else. If peanut-butter covered cheese crackers are your idea of a good breakfast, go for it! Or maybe you like to create your own spin on traditional foods. Instead of having orange slices for your guests, you’ve taken the liberty of removing that pesky fruit and replacing it with alcohol infused gelatin! Either way, you’ll be remembered as unique.
The Sunday brunch is just another extension of the wedding. Everything is about you. Make sure to carry the same flair throughout the entire event and you’ll have the time of your life!