Unique Bridesmaid Luncheon Ideas
Continue reading to find out some great ideas for bridesmaid luncheons…
The Bridesmaid Luncheon is a southern tradition, but modern brides have brought it back to modern days. A tea party is a wonderful setting to delegate last minute tasks, introduce out-of-town guests, and present your bridesmaid gifts. This pre-wedding brunch is all about showing your appreciation to the ladies close to you that are in your life. Since they have helped you celebrate your relationship with your soon to be husband with a bridal shower and a bachelorette party, the least you can do is host a lunch in their honor. Here are a few current ideas and traditions on how to throw a fabulous bridesmaid luncheon.
It doesn’t so much matter, the formality of the affair, but the importance is making everyone have a good time and feel comfortable. This is not high-tea at the Ritz Carlton. Whether you host your tea at your home or bread and breakfast, make formal attire optional. Bridesmaid luncheons are held the day before the wedding when everyone is a bit stressed. A fun way to lighten the mood is with music and finger fare, like tiny sandwiches and chocolate-covered strawberries. A few edible wedding favors are another option. It is also a nice gesture to offer a signature punch or mimosas for the ladies and adorn the champagne or punch glasses with wedding theme wine charms. This is a perfect touch for the toast and speech that the bride will give to honor the ladies that are close to her
Tea Traditions of the Past and Present
When planning your bridesmaid luncheon, throw in a few festive tea traditions. One of the most popular traditions is the Victorian wedding cake charm tradition. You can pick out a custom set of individual wedding cake charms for each woman that is close to you. The charms also come in standard sets of 6 or sets of 10 cake pulls. In the Victorian Era, a Bride would place wedding cake charms into the bottom layers of her wedding cake. Each bridesmaid would pull a ribbon from the wedding cake and discover the cake charm dangling from the other end of the ribbon, revealing her fortune. Today, wedding cake charms are used at the Bridesmaid Luncheons, where each bridesmaid pulls one ribbon from the center of a bundt cake to find her cake charm and her fortune is revealed.
Bridesmaid Gifts for the Ladies
There is no better time to hand out your bridesmaid gifts than the bridesmaid luncheon. It’s standard etiquette, so if you’re planning a bridesmaid luncheon, take the opportunity to present your bridesmaid gifts. Write a speech and thank your bridesmaids for putting up with you throughout the wedding planning process. If you invited your mother, future mother-in-law or other important ladies to the luncheon, mention them in your champagne toast.
A ladies luncheon is the one last time to get together before the big day. It can be a casual afternoon tea party, spa day, bridesmaid brunch or rocking good time. You don’t have to make it super traditional or stuffy, so long as you find some way to honor your friends.