(Closed) As a bridesmaids, what do you want to eat (or not eat) while getting ready?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 16
5972 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Another vote for real food instead of finger foods. In the weddings I have been in they brought in sub platters along with some fruits and veggies so that we could have an actual meal to keep us full. It’s a long day, the last thing I want is an empty tummy while I’m standing up in the ceremony.

Post # 17
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My girls and I spent about three hours getting hair and makeup done at a salon that partnered with the bar next door for such occasions. I ordered a tray of pita chips, cut up veggies, hummus and other dips to go with them. Everyone ate as much as they wanted and we didn’t even finish the tray!

Post # 18
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - World\'s Fair Pavilion

My hair and makeup artists are arriving bright and early at 8am and working on our party until 2pm-ish. I’m planning on having coffee, mimosas, fruit, and light pastries in the morning and then ordering salads/sandwiches from one of the hotel’s restaurants for lunch.

Post # 19
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

My bridesmaids wanted pizza. We are picking it up from a gourment place on our way to the church. I’ve gotten hangry before when I get there at 11 for an evening wedding and all there is is a fruit plate. They need to be fed a real meal – whether it’s sandwiched, burritos, or pizza.

Post # 20
2922 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

Sandwiches, fruit platter, little snacky things. 

Post # 21
1811 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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emitchell456:  Keep in mind that in most cases, BMs are arriving early on an empty stomach, and may not eat until cocktail hour or dinner. At the weddings I’ve been in, including my own, the mother of the bride provided a spread including: bagels (regular size, not mini), assorted cream cheese and butter, muffins, lots of fruit, cold cuts, rolls, juices, coffee, tea, & of course water. At the very least I’d want bagels and fruit, and not something light-they’ll have to last all day!

Post # 22
2957 posts
Sugar bee

We started doing hair and makeup at 7 am. We had pastries, oj and bubbly. And then we ordered pizza and salads – salads for girls who didn’t want to feel bloated and pizza for people like and me and my sister who were slightly hungover. Lol

Post # 23
3791 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We got ready at my parents’ house with a meal at 12:00 when the boys arrived for pictures.  My parents provided a deli tray for sandwiches, a couple salads, fruit, veggies and dip, and cookies.  I had eaten prior to getting my dress on, and I think the bridesmaids grabbed stuff after they got dressed.  We also fed our photographers who arrived at 10 am.  I didn’t want them to go hungry either!

Post # 24
6299 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I second the person who said REAL FOOD! Going all day and only having eated veggies and muffins really doesn’t cut it – especially considering most are drinking during getting ready through the reception. I think it’s totally fine if you don’t want to eat much, but it sucks for those who actually like to eat a meal rather than just pick at finger foods.

I did mini breakfast items (my girls all arrived at my house around 8am, and most stopped for coffee on the way) and then had sandwiches and sides delivered for lunch. Plus, since we got ready at my house my girlfriends all raided the pantry for whatever else they felt like snacking on. 

I was in two weddings last year:

One wedding the bride’s Mother-In-Law hosted a brunch (don’t even get me started) for various wedding guests at the venue (where we were also getting ready at). While it was nice to be able to pop downstairs to a full spread of food, it was a little irritating feeling like I needed to be presentable/covered vs our loose fitting tanks/leggings whenever we went downstairs. Brunch didn’t start until around 10, but we had to be there at 7 – so myself and a couple girls made a coffee run first.

The other wedding we didn’t have anything provided. It actually kind of sucked, and I think it was just a major oversight by my SIL (the bride). We were all staying on property (semi-destination wedding) and so while I had some breakfast items and snacks in my cottage, we really didn’t eat much other than just snack on random things we found in her cottage. 

Post # 25
2597 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Finger food, abd a balance of carbs and protein. Cheese and frackers, mini sandwiches, rice cakes. 

Post # 26
8516 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Dim sum!!

Post # 27
255 posts
Helper bee

Small snacky foods are good.  Cheese, crackers, fruits, sandwiches.  One thing that I thought was super cute at one of my friend’s weddings is that she had a craving for Starbucks.  They had a Starbucks downstairs at the hotel and somebody came back with some drinks marked “Bride” and “Maid of Honor” etc.  Kind of commercial but cute.  Plus the coffee made the bride super happy so yey!

Post # 28
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I had a spread for me and my gals. I knew I would go all day without eating and we were at the venue all day before the wedding even started. We had coffee, tea, mimosas, coffee cake, muffins, cheese and crackers, fruit, and yogurt.

Post # 29
1323 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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emitchell456:  I feel like this is something that gets overlooked all the time! I’ve been in a few weddings where there was no food provided or offered from 5am to reception time. So I always offer to make the Starbucks run and scarf down a protein bistro box. 


If I had options, I would love a fruit or vegetable tray, maybe some sandwiches. Nothing super sodium filled or heavy.

Post # 30
473 posts
Helper bee

Honestly, I’d do pizza and salad! Just make sure that the salads have chicken or egg or something available so girls who don’t want the pizza can still get some protein. 

ETA: another nice quick snack would be individual cups of yogurt.

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