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Brunch Weddings

Mini Pancakes

Are you a brunch lover? That’s a silly thing to ask because everybody loves brunch. Now here’s a real question: Do you think you’d have a brunch wedding? You may be thinking “no” right away, but I bet by the end of this week’s post you’ll be considering it for your Louisville Wedding!

Before I go into specifics, let me give you a general run-down about why brunch weddings are the best.

  • First off, hosting in the early hours of the day means that the heat hasn’t hit just yet. This gives you a few extra hours not having to worry about sweating off your fresh makeup and being able to enjoy being outside a bit longer.
  • You can also host on a Saturday or Sunday and many venues, like The Ice House, offer discounts for booking on a Sunday since it’s less popular. That means less money spent on your part. Plus, we have an awesome rooftop garden that would be perfect for a brunch reception!
  • Speaking of saving money, brunch events also tend to lean more on the casual side. This means the decor can be playful and even your dress, groomsmen suits, and bridesmaids dresses can match the event and keep it a little less formal. Your menu can also be on the lighter side, and there’s no need to pay for an expensive lighting package or a full bar!

Let’s break it down a little more:



Like I said, we don’t need a full bar at 10AM, but it’s nice to have a little somethin’ for your guests to sip on. I’m sure you already know what I’m talking about too- Mimosas. Ahhhhh yes, everyone loves a little bubbly in their OJ! But have you thought about a mimosa bar? Grab your favorite varieties of juice, put out some bowls of fresh fruit and let the guests be their own bartender. The combinations are endless and make for a fun and refreshing morning drink.

If mimosas aren’t your thing (Gasp!) then maybe you’d like to try a Bloody Mary bar. Have your bartender serve up spicy or sweet Bloody Marys and have your guests load up a skewer of their favorites! Pickles, bacon, celery, peppers, spices and more, are sure to add a fun twist to a morning cocktail.

Get creative with your drinks!
Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bars are Perfect for Brunch

As a former Barista, there’s one beverage that a brunch wedding would not be complete without: Coffee. Not only is it a “thank you” for those guests who struggled to put themselves together this early for you, but it’s an excuse to create the most adorable coffee bar or cart. Serve a cup to your friends and family as they walk in to the ceremony and keep it going throughout the reception. Personalize cardboard cup and/or sleeves to add a fun touch,  and a fancy mocha will keep those under-agers happy even though they can’t have a mimosa.

Coffee bars are a MUST for brunch.
Keep those early risers happy with a special coffee bar.


Your Food choices also offer you a chance for you to stray from the ordinary. Find a caterer like Crushed Ice Catering that has an awesome breakfast menu and go to town. Omelets, frittata, muffins, quiche, waffles (yes please!), fresh fruit. I could go on forever with all of the awesome options.

Even though “brunch” and “cake” aren’t usually two words we put together, having a small cake for your dessert can still be a great idea. Ditch the heavy icing and 5-tiers and try something simple and sweet like a naked cake. Many bakers are trying these lately and they are really a beautiful and delicious way to keep with tradition. You can even pair your small cake with donuts or pastries to stick with the morning theme.

Try a waffle cake for something unexpected and delicious!
Feeling like you want to try something new? How about a waffle cake!
A small Naked Cake would be perfect for a brunch reception
“Naked Cakes” are a beautiful and delicious option for brunch.


Receptions during the day may not require the same “entertainment” as an evening affair. A band or a DJ could be a great idea as far as music goes, but chances are, grandma isn’t going to want to cut a rug on the dance floor at 11am. This is a great time to socialize and have some yard games out for guests to just enjoy their time with their family and friends. Cornhole, ladder golf, giant Jenga, and even board games will be sure to make everyone feel like a kid again and have fun celebrating with you.

Personalize your Corn Hole Boards!
Add a personal touch to your reception activities.


This may be my favorite point of all. Your decor can be simple yet make an impact at the same time. Focus on plants and pops of color instead of lighting and candles. Paper garland or bunting banners look so cute and bring more color and height. Your buffets or stations are bound to be delicious so play up how good they look set up! Chalk signs, menu tags and greenery will make them stand out and look as beautiful as they are yummy.

Love you a Brunch!
Chalk walls and menu tags look awesome on your buffet set up.

Liking the idea but still feeling that a brunch wedding isn’t for you? Take these ideas and pass them along to your family or bridal party and turn them into a shower or day-after party for a smaller crowd. You can’t go wrong with brunch!










Brad + Erik = Love Wins

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Before the Supreme Court ruling, at the Ice House, we have always been supporters of LGBT Fairness and Marriage Equality- After all, Love is Love. We are a founding member of FEVA – Louisville’s Fair Event Vendors Alliance.The Ice House was not the only vendor in the Wedding Industry that was thrilled to hear the Supreme Court’s Judgment on June 26th. Businesses, Individuals and Organizations of all kinds flocked to Social Media to post their praise. Our Facebook “share” of the ruling happened to be one of our Facebook’s Page most-liked posts of all-time.

Shortly after the announcement, I received a text from our Captain Server, Brad who has worked for us at the Ice House for numerous years. His Partner, Erik and he decided they wanted to make it official and needed a place to do so. Coincidentally, Wednesday July 1st just so happened to be their 16 year (Yes, 16 YEARS) Anniversary. So Brad and Erik tied the knot here at the Ice House, with very few close friends and family – marking our first same-sex gay marriage within our walls.

I had an opportunity to talk to Brad and Erik and ask them a few questions….

Erica: First things first- how did you meet?

Brad: I always said that we should’ve known each other long before we did (we met online). We went to the same high school, lived in the same neighborhood, and even lived just a few blocks apart once we moved out of our parents’ houses. We finally met at Applebee’s.

Erik: When we were going back to our cars, I asked if I could kiss him. It worked.

Erica: What was your first reaction when you heard about the Supreme Court Ruling? (Warning: Language)

Brad: I was working and my brother texted me saying “Congrats on the victory”. I thought he texted the wrong number, so I texted back “What? For painting my bathroom?” He screenshot CNN’s headline and sent it to me.

Erik: I texted Brad shortly after “Supreme Court says F*** You to Marriage Bans”

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Erica: What is the relevance to the Ultimate Hitchikers Guide?

Erik: It was actually not our first choice. Our first choice was Edgar Allen Poe’s complete collection. Then Brad found Hitchikers, and we both knew.

Brad: It is the funniest and most sarcastic, serious story about life that you can ever read. If you notice, we have hand towels in our belt loops. It’s a reference from Hitchikers that you should never be without your towel.

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Erica: What was the most memorable moment of the ceremony for each of you? 

Brad: I have to say right after the announcement. I made a mention that blood might make a relative, but family could be anyone and we have the most amazing family made of friends.

Erik: I got confused at one point about who was supposed to hold the ring. I had to ask what I was supposed to do, then turned to the crowd and said, “It’s my first time”. They laughed.

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Erica: How did you celebrate after the Ceremony?

Brad: We went to dinner with our small group. We had the best time drinking and sharing food and just talking. No better way than a small group of family.

Erik: Just the realization that after 16 years together as a couple legally considered single, we can now say we are a legal family. Finally, Love Wins! What a reason to celebrate!

Fun Fact – Brad & Erik were the FIRST same-sex marriage license in Bullitt County! We were so excited to have an impact on Brad & Erik’s special day. We hope that we have many more LGBT unions like theirs.

Erik said it best – Finally, Love. Wins.

It is so ordered.

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All photos taken by Embrace the World Photography