Love is in the air—no wait—that’s just bacon
It’s a beautiful thing to watch a couple commit their lives to one another. It’s an even more beautiful thing when their wedding exemplifies their commitment to huevos rancheros, socially acceptable drinking before noon, and fried dough. Witness the breakfast wedding, where love—and bacon—are all you need. Kyla and Daniel Bullock’s shared love of breakfast is the reason they’re married today. OK, maybe not the only one, but these two really like breakfast, and it’s not like eating pancakes with someone over and over is going to make you appreciate them less. Their breakfast wedding menu reads like an ode to all that is good and holy in this world: sausage, bacon, breakfast burritos, scrambled eggs, donut holes, a pancake bar, and French toast squares with a maple bacon dipping sauce.
And then there was Daniel’s genius creation, the cereal buffet? (Let’s say it again together, so as to fully appreciate those two words: cereal buffet.) If the vows didn’t bring tears of joy to your eyes, the cereal buffet surely will.
“He made sure Fruity Pebbles was an option, and then the other kinds just fell into place,” Kyla says nonchalantly of her husband’s Nobel Prize-worthy idea.
Breakfast was such an integral part of Ben McKee and his wife, Liz’s, relationship that they had to serve it at their wedding. “We decided to do breakfast for dinner because it was one of the first things we did together as a couple,” McKee says. “We kept making breakfast foods together for years until we got engaged and decided that breakfast for dinner would be a really fun way of honoring our story.”
Guests flipped for the quiches and home-fried potatoes—probably because they weren’t creamed spinach and limp asparagus.
Julia Jackson and her husband, Brian, took their morning meal devotion one step further and held their wedding at a breakfast restaurant. Julia worked at Snooze, a Colorado breakfast mecca known for their over-the-top pancakes, and it was always a special place for the couple.
“When we were putting together our guest list and vibe of what we wanted for our wedding, Snooze came up as an idea and we were sold,” Julia says. “When the managers at Snooze said we could do the wedding there, we were so pumped!”
Besides the custom pancake wedding cake, guests were treated to egg, sausage and cheese sandwiches, “lots of bacon” passed around cocktail-style, and cinnamon roll pancakes.
“Everyone loves breakfast for dinner,” Julia says. “All the guests loved the food.”
Also seen on the breakfast wedding scene: made-to-order egg stations (think omelets and Benedicts), a Belgian waffle bar with more toppings than you would ever think to put on a waffle, bread that gives “wedding toast” a whole new meaning, and muffin favors (complete with secret family recipes)—all of which pretty much blow your basic wedding dinners of overcooked steak and bland chicken out of the water.
Of course what you drink is just as, if not more, important as what you eat. Taste-testing bloody marys to find just the right blend is no doubt an immensely satisfying experience, much like running a 5K, or stepping on crunchy things.
And then there are the mimosas. And bellinis. And mint juleps. Who says 10 a.m. can’t be happy hour? For a different sort of buzz, many couples are calling in artisanal coffee carts to perk up guests with locally-sourced espresso drinks, pour overs and cold brews.
“It’s a new take on cocktail hour,” says Alta Keller, owner of Coffee Cart MPLS (which is, like it sounds, a coffee cart out of Minneapolis). “It’s something for guests to enjoy as a refreshment, but also as an experience.”
Alta has rolled her coffee cart into loads of breakfast and brunch weddings. Most of her brides and grooms are coffee lovers who want to showcase their personality and things they love on their big day.
“With so many creative options available to brides planning their wedding day, we think the age-old ‘open bar and dance’ model is on the downswing,” Alta says.
If it means more doughnut towers and bacon flights, who wouldn't be in total support the sacred union of breakfast and matrimony?