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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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?
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