When it comes to weddings, we’ll take any reason to celebrate. Bridal luncheons are a lesser known and attended event on the list of wedding festivities. While this event may be overshadowed by the engagement party or rehearsal dinner, we think this occasion should be made a priority. Continue reading to explore everything you need to know about the bridal luncheon and why you should be adding it to your schedule.
What exactly is it?
This daytime celebration is all about the bride. Her bridal party, family and close wedding guests are invited to celebrate before heading down the aisle. This celebration is considered a chance for the bride to say thank you to her close ones for all their love and support during the wedding planning process.
Because the main focus of this event is to recognize and thank the bridesmaids and wedding party for all of their efforts, gift giving is at the center of the event. While the bridesmaids can still pitch in to provide gifts for the bride, it is not expected of them. Since each bridesmaid has purchased their wedding attire, a shower and wedding gift, it is time to give back to them. If your future mother-in-law will also be present at the event, you might want to gather a thank you gift for her as well. Whatever you decide to gift your wedding party, be sure to thank them for their continued support and help throughout the wedding planning process with a toast!
Who all is included?
There isn’t much etiquette structure with the bridal luncheon since it isn’t imperative to the pre-wedding festivities, so the rules are up for interpretation. Some common people to host include the maid of honor, the mother or mother-in-law of the bride, a close family friend or even the bride herself.
The guest list is typically made up of all women since this luncheon is a feminine and intimate event. The invitees should include the flower girl and her mother, the bridesmaids, the mother of the bride, the mother of the groom, plus his female relatives and close family and friends.
When is it and Where?
The bridal luncheon should fall between five months and two weeks prior to the wedding. Since the event is supposed to get the bride and her female wedding guests excited for the big day, planning it too early can be premature. The bride needs enough time to plan her wedding party and involved guests, such as the flower girl, so having the event too early could rush that process. This event is supposed to relax the guests and get them excited for the wedding, not add extra stress.
The location is all up to the bride and whoever is hosting the luncheon. Some options for locations to host the event include:
- A private room at a local restaurant or hotel
- A common area at your wedding venue
- Location where you and your bridesmaids will be getting ready for the wedding
- Brunch at a friend’s house
- An afternoon tea
- Pool Patio
- A spa or beauty lounge
Wherever or whenever you decide to have your bridal luncheon, get creative and plan it to your liking or interests. It is all up to you, so have fun with it!
What is Served?
Breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktails and conversations. Depending on how you plan to spend your bridal luncheon, the food options are endless. Work with your caterer to plan a menu that is the best fit for the occasion! The food will vary on whichever way you choose to spend your luncheon, but here are a few light options you will want to try!
- Fresh salad. This could include a refreshing Caesar, garden, strawberry, mixed fruit or pasta salad.
- Finger Foods. From pigs-in-a-blanket to various types of sliders, guests can snack on these easy and delicious foods.
- Small deserts. Everyone loves desserts, especially in mini form! Incorporate cake pops or decorative cupcakes to fulfill your guests’ sweet tooth!
Food is a great way to interact and engage your guests at an event. Make sure to find a caterer who can fulfill your culinary needs for your bridal luncheon. Having the help of an experienced food professional lessens the pressure when planning and hosting an event. Let Bradford Catered Events aid you in planning the perfect bridal luncheon. From our experienced staff, clean up services and the option to customize your menus, you can make sure each detail of your event is perfect. To book BCE for your next event, give us a call at (865) 522-5552 or visit our website.