(Closed) Bridal Luncheon

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper

I didn’t, and I’ve never attended one as a bridesmaid, so maybe it’s just not as much of a thing where I live? They sound fun though. 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did one, mainly because I live 4 hours away from all of my bridesmaids, so I wanted to see them all together before the wedding. We talked about some wedding details, answered questions they had about the day of (itinerary, etc.), and I gave them their gifts since it was the last time I would see them before the wedding came. Because of my situation with being so far away, I’m glad we did the lunch so I could touch base with everyone together one last time before the wedding.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper

@justvonne:  That sounds like a great idea to me!

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think it’s a southern thing. Is that right bees? 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had never heard of it, but my mom’s friend is throwing one for us 2 weeks before the wedding. It will just be a nice lunch! (And I’m in OK  so maybe slightly southern..)

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I did mine the day of the rehearsal.  Most of my bridesmaids lived out of town and had never met before.  We went to a really nice lunch at a fancy restaurant and then went on to the rehearsal together.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It’s totally a southern thing. I’m going to have an informal one – the day before the wedding, we are going to go get our nails done, and then I was going to order sushi and Thai take-out and we can either go to a park if it’s nice, or hang out at my FI’s house (which I’ll be moving into the week of the wedding…). Two of my BFFs are flying from Seattle to Houston for the wedding so I want to make them feel welcome, and might as well invite the other 4 girls.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I was thinking about having one (I definitely live in the south) but it’s in both bridal planning books I have so maybe it just depends on whether or not the bride wants to. 

ETA: whoops left out part of the explanation:  I’ve been to a few weddings lately and they didn’t have bridal luncheons, but my Future Sister-In-Law just posted pics of a wedding she was in and they did have a bridal luncheon.  (all were in the south)

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I’m not from the south but was thinking of having one a couple weeks before the wedding. I’m not following etiquette or anything on this, just thought it would be nice for the girls to get together and finalize wedding day details and rehearsal dinner and give them their gifts then.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had never heard of it until my FI’s Aunt (from Michigan) called me and asked about throwing a bridal luncheon. I was like what the heck (google, google) sure that sounds fantastic! lol

So what we are doing is all my bridesmaids are getting together for brunch, along with both mothers and a couple Aunts. We’ll have brunch and then the bridal party girls are going to go get their nails done.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Not a southern thing… as it is well known in Canada too (maybe it is just a hold-over into groups that are more into Victorian Etiquette… like the South, and the British influence in Canada). 

I do like the civility of it all… “doing lunch” and having girls over “for tea” … if you sell it right, it can be tons of fun, everyone having a hoot getting dressed up etc (time to show off nice summer dresses, shoes, bags, hats, etc)

I had one the first time I was married (circa 1980).  It was a ton of fun.  My Bridesmaids came over to the apartment and we had “girlie drinks”, veggies & dip, fancy finger sandwiches, salads, and squares & cookies / cake for dessert.  Some things I purchased (the cake) but a lot of the things I made… was quite an adventure for a young woman hosting her first “ladies afternoon”.  Got advice from my Mom in regards to how to do the finger sandwiches and squares & cookies etc.

I do remember, that my Ex teased me the day of… rolled his eyes, said he couldn’t grasp the concept.  BUT he thought it was amazing after he came back to the apartment to find all these “foodie goodies” that he could indulge in.  I seem to remember they were a staple in our lunch bags for the next few days.  He was a very happy camper… in the 20+ years of our marriage after that, he was always happy to hear if I was making fancy eats for a special occasion (Baby’s Baptism Open House) or some community thing… in hopes that there would be some “leftovers” that we’d get to keep (lol, think these things reminded him of his childhood… when such things were the norm at many events, usually made by Moms who were also the “Church Ladies”)

 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Im having two I guess you would say. Like you vonne, all of my ladies are in different states.  At the end of this month we are all getting together in Chicago to go dress shopping and hang out for the weekend, they havent all met before. Saturday morning we are going dress shopping, then the afternoon we are having lunch at a restaurant. Ive put together some items for us to discuss over lunch like dates for showers, dress budgets/ordering, things Im going to need help with, etc.  Sunday we are going to church and a comedy show Sunday night.

The week of the wedding they are all flying into New York on Wednesday night. Thursday afternoon I plan to do a spa day with them, and have lunch catered at the spa. Then we will discuss last minute details for the wedding and wrap up any loose ends.

 

 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am planning an informal one (maybe not even a real luncheon but I love the idea of it).  I plan to have it the monring of the wedding while we get ready and wait.  Since 3 of my bm’s are coming in from oot literally 2 days before the wedding, they will miss all the fun pre-wedding activities, except for rehearsal and RD).  I want them included in this.  I will have brunch type items buffet style at my house for us as we get ready and we can munch while we wait.  I am excited thinking about it.

 

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