Bridesmaid Luncheon Inspiration by Suite14A

The Bridesmaid Luncheon: Should You or Should You Not?

A wedding can sometimes feel like an endless stream of events. That’s great for event planners (yay!), but it can be daunting for the average couple. You have the engagement party, bridal shower(s), bachelor and bachelorette parties which can sometimes span an entire weekend, and the rehearsal dinner all before the awaited trip down the aisle. It can seem like a lot, but there’s one more event that you should consider adding to the pre-wedding event queue. The bridesmaid luncheon.

 

Bridesmaid Luncheon Inspiration by Suite14A

 

 

What exactly is a bridesmaid luncheon? 

 

Traditionally, the bridal luncheon is a party that’s hosted by the bridesmaids for the bride which is completely separate and different than the bridal shower. This event is often considered a send off to the bride and is usually held a short time, often a few days or hours, before the wedding. The bridesmaid luncheon, however, is hosted by the bride, sometimes with the help of her mother, to honor the bridesmaids for all their hard work and contributions over the course of the wedding. This event is often held as a more modern alternative to the bridal luncheon.

 

Bridesmaid Luncheon Inspiration by Suite14A

 

As with most things involving traditions, we always suggest that you can take what you want and leave the rest behind. Forego a luncheon and  host a brunch, dinner, or a trip to the spa instead. It’s up to you.

 

 

Why should I have one?

 

This doesn’t have to be an elaborate event, but it’s definitely worth it to try to squeeze it in. Here’s why:

 

1) Given that the event is so close to the wedding date, everyone’s already in town, so it’s a great time to schedule something that’s convenient for bridesmaids both near and far. It’s especially nice if a maiden couldn’t make the trip for all the other bridal festivities.

 

2) The time right before the wedding can be hectic. This bridesmaids luncheon could be a much needed time to just relax with just you and your closest friends/family before the big day.

 

3) On the day of the wedding, time is valuable and all the focus is usually on the bride. Why not honor your maidens on a day especially for them? A bridesmaid luncheon will provide a special time to give those good speeches along with the gifts. Bonus: You won’t have to worry about ruining your make up.

 

Bridesmaid Luncheon Inspiration by Suite14A

 

 

 

Is it just for the bridesmaids and the bride?

 

According to Emily Post, the bridesmaids, flower girl and her mother, the brides mother, the grooms mother and of course the bride should be invited. However, it’s considered a nice gesture to also extend an invitation to the grandmothers and any sisters of the bride and groom who are not a part of the wedding party.  I say, do what you like! 🙂

 

Bridesmaid Luncheon Inspiration by Suite14A

 

Being a bridesmaid is a selfless job. I think this is an awesome way to show that you appreciate all their hard work. I hope to see more events like this in the future. Mostly because I love girl time, but I’m also a BIG believer in thank yous.

 

Did you have a bridesmaid luncheon? Would you consider having one? 

 

All photos from The IvyArts Gallery. Styled by Suite14A.  

Smoke Bomb Wedding Photo

Septima & Tremelle: Art Inspired Styled Shoot in Atlanta

I’ve been waiting an entire month to share these photos with you and now it’s time! I teamed up with some wonderful vendors and a lovely couple (who happen to be friends) to create this colorful styled shoot.

 

Naturally when choosing a theme for our shoot, I decided to go with something close to my heart. Art! Being able to have it in the Castleberry Hill historic arts district was an added benefit as it houses a number of art galleries within its century old buildings and we also had our own wedding in this area. Yay for memories! It’s not just the art inside the galleries that inspire me though. The streets of Castleberry Hill have lots of art of their own, including beautiful architecture, incredible murals and even some graffiti. I know some people may not think graffiti and city streets make for a beautiful wedding, but I can’t say I’m like most people. I love pairing nontraditional elements, including the way the harsh city streets pair with the delicate lace of a wedding gown. So, I whipped up this inspiration board, sent it to a few vendors and a few short weeks later, we were together making magic.

 

Intimate event styled by Suite14A at Coze Atlanta

 

Keep scrolling for a look at some of my fav photos from the shoot, including the art work painted by yours truly.

Couple Collage

 

Art Themed Wedding

 

Art Themed Wedding

 

Art Themed Wedding

 

 

 


Art Themed Wedding

Pink and Navy Art Themed Wedding

Art Themed Wedding Inspiration

 

That’s a wrap folks! All the way from inspiration to completed inspired look. It’s the Suite14A way! If you want to see more photos, head over to Chic Brown Bride to see our feature which includes an interview with our real life couple who, though young, are celebrating 10 years of marriage. #relationshipgoals #committment

 

Big shout out to our vendors. All of you were wonderful and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Planning, Design, Florals: Suite14A

Photography: Matthew Druin Photography

Venue: Coze

Invitations, Place Cards, Place Card Holders, Cake Topper: Scripted Ever After

Gown and Accessories: CTO Bridal Boutique

Groom Accessories: Beau. Ties, LLC

Cake: Apple-Butter Bakery and Custom Cake Shoppe

Make-Up: Jillian Nicole

Art: SYM1 Did It!!!

Featured on Chic Brown Bride

With David Tutera @ YWE Atlanta

YWE Atlanta, Meeting David Tutera

I was recently given the opportunity to design an exhibition booth for the Glenn Hotel, Ventanas, and Legacy Catering & Events for the David Tutera Your Wedding Experience bridal show. Honestly, with the turn around being so quick and my staunch desire to give my very best, I almost didn’t take it. Well lucky for me and you…I did. Here’s proof that yes, I can do it (whatever it is), even with limited time. #callme

We were working with a mixed metal color palette.

Mixed Metallics Collage

It started off really warm with lots of gold and bronze with touches of silver, but it ended up working the other way around, which ended up being perfect for the show. All of our rentals were provided by Atlanta Lifestyles Furnishing including luxurious tufted chairs, the fab sofa, faceted tables, champagne colored ottomans, and plush area rug. The chairs were the shining stars of the booth though with lots of guests stopping by just for photos.

Booth Set Up

After setup, but before our food and signage arrived.

 

 

Flowers for YWE Atlanta

Atlanta Lifestyle Furnishing

Atlanta Lifestyle Furnishing

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Symone Lakes of Suite14A

I couldn’t miss out on the action. I even had to display my ring like a newly married woman.

 

We saw David far more than I had actually anticipated. He was there during set up. He walked through the exhibition area and even stopped to comment about our chairs. He was also stopping to take pictures with the vendors and the guests. Which included me and one of my 2016 brides, who also happens to be the sales manager at Glenn Hotel. #shefancy

 

This was definitely a different experience than any other bridal show I’ve been to. Brides, planners, and David Tutera fans in Houston and Philly are certainly in for a treat when YWE comes to their city.

 

Bridal Suite: The Decor

Decor is my favorite part. It’s also most likely to easily get out of hand. I’m generally not a big spender. I don’t like a lot of frills and fuss, but sometimes you just want to go all out. A wedding is one of those times. I almost let that happen. However, since Husband and I were paying, I quickly laid those ideas to rest.

I had a vision. I knew what I wanted. I also had to remember to be open to change. Throughout the process, I kept reminding myself that it didn’t have to be perfect, as long as it was perfect enough. I also kept reminding myself that the minor things I obsessed over might not matter as much to my guests and I would be too busy getting married to notice. About a week before the wedding, I gave up all together. Then, things got better. Go figure.

I tried really hard to make it something Husband would like too. Something simple and elegant. Modern and romantic. Actually, now that I think about it, Mommy and I had talked extensively about candles. If I didn’t think I would have set the place (or myself) on fire, we definitely would have had more candles. But enough with all the talk. Let’s look at the pictures.

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Part of the reason why I picked LOFT at Castleberry Hill was because of the chairs. I don’t like ugly chairs and I didn’t want us to have to pay for chair covers. We both liked these, so it worked out perfectly. Our drapery was done by A Touch of Drapery. It was a complete surprise to me and I love how they came out. I just told them what I wanted and I didn’t see any of it until I walked down the aisle.

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It was actually more cost effective for us to buy our linens. So we did. I was actually able to get some that were much nicer than if we had rented. The centerpieces were simply floating candles in a bed of fresh rose petals. Oh and I made the table numbers myself. I really wanted to do something different so I opted for mirrors, since I hadn’t seen that done before.

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Our table was the only one with fresh floral arrangements. We also had these super fab Marchesa crystal toasting flutes that we got off the registry…just in time to use them for the wedding. I love them too much. #SUITE

Hope you all enjoyed this week at our wedding.