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Sunday Brunch?

Our guest list may have a few more guests then we originally intended for (about 20 I'm thinking). Is it okay if we serve a Sunday brunch instead of the lunch/dinner option that we originally planned on serving? Our wedding is on a Sunday with an 11:30 ceremony and 12:00 reception to follow in the room next door to the garden that we are getting married at. TIA!
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    I think it should be fine.  I have been to a few brunch receptions and loved them...
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    Sure I don't see why not. (Make sure you have mimosas!)
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    Sounds like a pretty good plan to me.
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    Depends on how substantial of a brunch you're talking about.If it's the kind that actually contains lunch foods like sandwiches and carved meats, then yeah, that's fine.If it's just breakfast foods, I think you need more at noon.
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    You could do that, but I'm not sure how that solves the problem of having more guests than you intended.
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    Sure, brunch is great.  I'm not sure how brunch is going to save you any money though compared to lunch. 
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    I think a Sunday Brunch would be fine.  Brunch hours are from 10-2.  That being said, I would include something like a Roast Beef carving station (common at restaurant brunches) just in case you have people who don't like breakfast food.
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    Sounds fine to me, I love brunch.  And agreed on the mimosas, Salt! 
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    Go for it.  But fyi, coming from someone who had a brunch reception, it's not necessarily cheaper than having lunch/dinner.
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    betrothed, I think this is solving the more guests problem because brunch is generally cheaper. So she's trying to make her budget go further.
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    I think it will be cheaper if she was planning to serve alcohol at lunch/dinner but won't at the brunch (or will just have mimosas or something).  I could see it being less expensive.
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    betrothed, I think this is solving the more guests problem because brunch is generally cheaper. So she's trying to make her budget go further. I get that, but like many of the other posters have said, it's not always cheaper, especially not if you plan on serving a substantial meal.
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    I really like the idea of having a brunch reception. To me though, lunch time is 12. I don't think about breakfast food at noon, but I'm sure it can be pulled off. I also second the notion to have some kind of meat option. Roast beef sounds delicious, but even something like chicken salad and some nice rolls would add more of a "lunch" type option for those that want it. Personally, I'm always up for a pastry, fruit, and coffee regardless of what time it is.
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    If she was planning on doing a plated lunch/dinner it might be less if she turns the brunch into a buffett.
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    Every brunch I've ever been to has had a mixture of lunch and breakfast food (hence the name brunch).  Am I the only one who has experienced this?  It would seem by a number of the replies that the brunches those poster have been to only had breakfast food.
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    Gotcha betrothed. I didn't realize. At my venue, the brunch is significantly cheaper, yet substanital as other posters are describing. Please pardon my ignorance.
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    The ones I've been to have been primarily breakfast food, with a roast beef and or turkey carving station and maybe a chicken ala king over biscuits type dish. 
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    The ones I've been to have been primarily breakfast food, with a roast beef and or turkey carving station and maybe a chicken ala king over biscuits type dish. This is the type of thing I was thinking of.  They are primarily breakfast foods, but there are certainly lunch foods as well.  Otherwise we'd just call it a late breakfast.
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    And betrothed, I'm disgusted with most of the comments that you have posted. I don't think I've ever read such judgmental comments in my life. I'm so lucky that the girls I speak to on theknot are nothing like you...I would've never come on here for ADVICE if I would've encountered a big a bitch as you. I genuinely feel awful for your children or your future children, and I think it would be irresponsible of YOU not to invest in their future therapy sessions starting now. Because trust me when I tell you honey, they're gonna need it. ~jcaruncho2010
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    Most brunches I've been to have had both breakfast and lunch-type foods.
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    Thanks for all the replies ladies! Yes, at my particular venue even for a substantial brunch with meats and such it is about $10 a person cheaper because our venue doesn't really have a 'lunch' option, we would have been serving dinner at lunch time.
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    See, all of the brunches I've been to have really just been glorified breakfasts--almost all breakfast food but maybe with a deli meat tray so you can make bagel sandwiches or something.
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    Personally, I don't think 10 bucks a person is a big enough difference to do it for the money. If you want a brunch go for it! But, if it is about the money, unless you are having 350 people, 10 dollars a person in the scheme of weddings is not thaaaat much.
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    That sounds amazing... I love brunch :)
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    The main reason I want to do this is naturally for my budget. My mom is graciously paying for the reception and I am just thinking about my options to make it more affordable for her. She says she can afford whatever I want (within my given funds) but I know she can more comfortably afford a meal option that is a bit cheaper.
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    That is pretty awesome of you Ann. Brunch is the best. I want some NOW.
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    Personally, I don't think 10 bucks a person is a big enough difference to do it for the money. That largely depends on initial cost. If we are talking a cost of $20 versus $30, that is a full 50% increase in catering costs. If we are talking $100 versus $110, that's only a 10% increase. See what I mean?
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     My mom is graciously paying for the reception and I am just thinking about my options to make it more affordable for her. She says she can afford whatever I want (within my given funds) but I know she can more comfortably afford a meal option that is a bit cheaper.  I like the way this new poster thinks. Can we keep her around?
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    Personally, I don't think 10 bucks a person is a big enough difference to do it for the money.For us $10 was the difference between lunch and dinner. It amounted to 10% of our budget. I'd say that's a big difference, but it depends on your overall budget and starting price.
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    Awww, thanks Sara :-) /blush
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    That largely depends on initial cost. If we are talking a cost of $20 versus $30, that is a full 50% increase in catering costs. If we are talking $100 versus $110, that's only a 10% increase. See what I mean? Agreed. In my area the unfortunate reality is that you would just be hard pressed to see 10 dollars making a 50% increase to catering costs, which is why I said 'personally' at the beginning of the statement.
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