What is a Bridesmaid Luncheon?
A bridesmaid luncheon invitation calls together your bridesmaids and other participants in your wedding for a gathering held to show them your gratitude for their help and support. Unlike at a bridal shower or a bachelorette party, the bride is the hostess and thanks the members of the bridal party and other participants for being a part of the wedding. This event is typically when the bride presents her attendants with their bridesmaid gifts.
Who Should I Invite?
All of your bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids, and flower girls should be invited, as well as your mother and future mother-in-law. You should also send bridesmaid luncheon invitations to any other female friend or relative who will play a part in your wedding ceremony, as well as any sisters of the bride or groom who are not in the wedding party. This is one of the few times you will have to spend with the women closest to you, and the smaller and more intimate this event is, the more meaningful it will be for all of you.
When Should I Have It?
If you have bridesmaid traveling from out of town, the bridesmaids’ luncheon will likely take place a day or two before the wedding, unless you can find another time when all of your attendants will be in town. If they all live nearby, you have flexibility in scheduling. You may even want to pair this event with a final dress fitting for all of your attendants and include that information on your bridesmaid luncheon invitation.
What Happens At A Bridesmaid Luncheon?
Despite the name, a bridesmaid luncheon may or may not be an actual luncheon. Depending on your own personal style, you may choose to host a brunch or dinner, or some other fun group activity like a wine tasting, an afternoon at the spa, an outdoor adventure or a theater event (make sure to include any special instructions on the bridesmaid luncheon invitations). The event can be formal and elegant or casual and fun. Ultimately, it is an occasion for you to take the time to give special recognition to the women who will be integrally involved in your special day.
One charming tradition associated with this event is the bridesmaids' cake. There are several variations of this tradition, but it involves baking a coin, ring, or other trinket into a cake. When the cake is cut and a slice is distributed to each attendant, whoever finds the trinket in her slice is thought to be "blessed in affairs of the heart."
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