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One of the final girls-only gatherings on the list of pre-wedding festivities is the bridesmaids’ luncheon. The bridesmaids’ luncheon, or tea, is a way for the bride to express appreciation to her attendants for their love and support during her wedding planning. It’s also one of the only parties the bride orchestrate on her own, so it’s now the bride’s turn to make the party plans. Here, we give you the inside scoop on how to plan an unforgettable bridesmaids’ luncheon your best girls will cherish.
1. When (date/time)
The bridesmaids’ luncheon generally takes places few days before to the wedding day. When organizing the event, brides should be mindful of the traveling schedules of all her bridesmaids to ensure everyone will be in town to join the festivities. And contrary to the name, the luncheon is not required to happen in the afternoon. Some brides opt for a formal, seated dinner during evening hours, or even a lovely breakfast in the morning while reserving the afternoon for other exciting activities with her girls.
2. Where (location)
Bridesmaids’ luncheon venues can be anywhere from a restaurant or a day spas or the patio of a private home. The point is to spend quality time with your girls, so select a location where everyone can relax and enjoy the good time!
3. Who (invitation list)
The guests of honor are your bridesmaids and the maid/matron of honor. However, feel free to also invite your mom, the groom’s mother and others who are participating in your wedding planning. Also, don’t leave out other VIPs like the groom’s sister and special aunties who would want to participate in the event.
4. What (activities)
Eat, drink, and enjoy the fun, of course! Unless you’re hosting the luncheon at a restaurant, you will need to create a menu for your event. Traditionally, a luncheon menu includes finger sandwiches, pastries, fruit, and other light items. However, it’s a great idea to create the menu based on the tastes of your bridesmaids. After all, this party is for them, so offer delicious treats they will love.
The bridesmaids’ luncheon is also the appropriate occasion for you to present each of your bridesmaids with gifts to express your appreciation. It’s also common for bridesmaids to join together and purchase a gift for the bride and present it to her during the luncheon.
Getting married is one of the most important moments of a woman’s life, a time where the love and support from close friends and family members is much needed. Having a bridesmaids’ luncheon is a great way to connect with those who are closest to you and thank them for participating in your special moment.