How to Plan a Bridesmaids' Luncheon
Bridesmaid luncheons have become somewhat of a pre-wedding party hit, as they are the perfect way to say thank you to all the moms, sisters, and lovely ladies who make up the bridal party.
If you're looking for a special way to show your gratitude to those who have stood by your side during your wedding planning journey, a bridesmaids’ luncheon will serve you well. It allows everyone to meet up at the same time, eat delicious food, and gush over gifts. Plus, it can act as one last girly get together and pre-nuptial sendoff.
Here are the details on planning and hosting a bridesmaids' thank you lunch.
Best Time to Have a Bridesmaids’ Luncheon
The ideal time to host a bridesmaids’ lunch (or brunch/dinner) is 1-2 days before the wedding. This ensures everyone is still available, especially those out-of-town girls who will likely make their way back home after the wedding.
Who is Invited
The guests of honor are the bridesmaids, maid of honor, and anyone else in the bridal party. You can also invite the groom's mother, sisters, and any close friends who have helped with wedding planning.
The bride, of course! Mom can also play a part in planning and hosting the event.
Where to Host
There are no hard and fast rules on where you can host a bridesmaids' luncheon. Consider the theme/atmosphere you're going for to help you decide on the perfect spot. Restaurants, botanical gardens, tea shops, and backyards are all suitable for brunches, lunches, and dinners. It’s really up to you and how you want to say thank you.
Unlike bridal showers and bachelorette parties, bridesmaids’ luncheons don’t have to include games and activities, but if you really want to spoil your bridal party, you can schedule something like an afternoon at the spa, a wine tasting, or a group outing of some sort.
Bridesmaid Thank You Gifts
Just as your girls have showered you with gifts, you’ll want to show your appreciation by giving the ladies something special during the get together. This can be anything from a bridesmaid gift box to personalized jewelry. Remember, it’s not so much about what you give, but that you give it from the heart. Let your bridal party know how grateful you are for their love, help, and support during this important time in your life.