All About Bridesmaids’ Luncheons

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If the bridesmaids luncheon is on the day of the wedding, the menu should be light.  No one needs indigestion or feeling bloated. 

Gather with the girls one last time before the main event.

Let’s face it: Weddings go by in such a blur that after the dishes have cleared and the flowers begin to wilt, many brides realize they never really had a chance to spend some quality time with their nearest and dearest. That’s what makes bridesmaids luncheons so great: They afford the perfect opportunity the bride and bridesmaids to get together one last time before the main event. So what does it entail?  Read on to find out…

What Is It

Bridesmaids luncheons are an opportunity for the bride to gather with her bridesmaids one more time before the wedding and thank them for being a part of her wedding party. Think of the bridesmaids’ luncheon or tea like a reverse bridal shower, in which the bride usually acts as hostess instead of the ‘maids. The etiquette surrounding the bridesmaids’ luncheon is pretty flexible; the “luncheon” can be a dinner, brunch, an afternoon of pampering at the nearby spa, or a group activity of some kind. The event can be formal and elegant or casual and fun.

When Is It

The bridesmaids luncheon usually takes place a day or two before the wedding. This allows any out-of-town bridesmaids traveling to the wedding to make it in one trip. 

Who Hosts

Usually, the bride, mother of the bride, or another close friend or family member hosts in honor of the bridesmaids. Sometimes, the bridesmaids may host in honor of the bride, but this isn’t as common. 

Who’s Invited

Obviously all of the bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids will be in attendance, along with the mother of the bride and groom. Other attendees may include the couple’s close female relatives – sisters, cousins, aunts, as well as any flower girls. Regardless, it’s usually an intimate affair. 

Where Is It

Bridesmaids’ luncheons can take place anywhere, although the venue should be close to the wedding and accommodations for any bridesmaids who may be traveling. If the ‘maids are all staying at the same hotel, the hotel dining room or other function room makes a great and convenient location. Restaurants, tea rooms, and country clubs also make good locations, or it can take place at the hostess’s home.

What Happens

Unlike showers, bridesmaids’ luncheons aren’t typically centered around planned games and activities. The one constant is that the bride thanks her bridesmaids – either formally in a prepared speech or toast, or one-on-one throughout the event. The bride will often present the bridesmaid gifts , along with any gifts to the moms and grandmothers in attendance.

The girls may also present the bride with her something old, new, borrowed, and blue, or if the ‘maids went in on a group gift, they may present it at the luncheon. Other activity ideas? The married guests can come prepared with an anecdote about marriage or advice. 

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