Ever dreamt of a magical fairytale wedding? Booking a Sunday wedding at The Van Dusen Mansion can give you just that! Today people are looking to create more of an experience with their wedding day and what better way to do that than to host a Sunday Funday wedding. The brunch food, a full celebration weekend, the verastility of an earlier wedding, there are so many reasons to host a Sunday wedding, so let’s dive in!



Typically booking a Sunday wedding means you will spend less on the venue rental compared to a Saturday.  A fun way to celebrate is by creating a brunch style wedding! Brunch weddings are a great wayto stick to your budget with the food and beverages. Brunch menu items tend to be cost-saving compared to a multi-course dinner. You can even substitue pre-selected signature drinks instead of a full open bar.



You get to have more fun with your catering options! Throw in a bloody mary or mimosa bar or maybe chicken and waffles! And let's be honest - who doesn't love brunch food? Here are some creative ideas to elevate your brunch:


Yogurt parfait bar

Donut or breakfast dessert display

Waffles or pancakes with topping stations



There tend to be more options when looking for an open Sunday for your wedding date. This gives you the ability to pick the time of year you want without competing with others for those popular Saturday dates, allowing you to get married in your dream venue during your ideal time of year. You will also be able to secure your perfect wedding day vendors because they aren’t already booked.



Doing a brunch style wedding gives you the flexibility to opt for having your guests dress more casual. It's a great opportunity for something different! Don't be afraid to have your bridal party dress in fun colors or patterns to match the theme.

Photos by: Clewell Photography



You could host a pre-wedding welcome celebration the Saturday before, as most guests will be free. This is also nice for guests coming from out of town as it allows them more time to travel over the weekend.



If you aren’t into the dancing part of the wedding, this gives you a great option to remove it. Host the wedding starting closer to 11 AM and end the event around dinner time. At The Van Dusen Mansion we truly offer a magical experience and a brunch wedding fits in perfect with our whimsical courtyard and the fairytale castle backdrop!


7:00 am  |  Wedding Party Arrives


7:05 am  |  Rehearsal (20-30 minutes)


9:00 am  |  First Look, followed by all other photos


11:00 am  |  Guest Arrival, Wedding Party Hidden in Suites


11:30 am  |  Ceremony (est. 30 minutes)


12:00 pm  |  Social Hour


12:45 pm  |  Cake Cutting


1:00 pm  |  Guests Invited to be Seated for Meal


1:15 pm  |  Guests Seated, Grand March: DJ to Coordinate, Welcome by TBD


1:30 pm  |  Meal Service Begins


2:45 pm  |  DJ Invites Guests for Dessert/Coffee


3:00 pm  |  First Dance, followed by Parents Dances & Open Dance Floor


5:00 pm  |  Optional Evening Snack


6:30 pm  |  Last Call for Bar


7:00 pm  |  Event Concludes, Guests Depart


8:00 pm  |  Venue Premises Closed