How to Plan a Bridesmaids’ Luncheon


With so many pre-wedding celebrations and activities, it’s easy to forget to say thank you to those nearest and dearest. Especially the lovely ladies who make up the bridal party and the moms and sisters who are with the bride from wedding planning to wedding partying. The most fun and easiest way to get all the ladies together to show your appreciation is by hosting a bridesmaids’ luncheon.

A bridesmaids’ luncheon isn’t mandatory, but it is a nice tradition that allows a bride-to-be to show her gratitude to those who are in her bridal party. It’s also the last girly get-together before the wedding and can serve as a pre-nuptial sendoff.

When to Have a Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

Typically, the bridesmaids’ luncheon (or brunch/dinner) is held 1-2 days before the wedding. This ensures everyone is still available, especially those out-of-town girls who will have to make their way back home after the wedding.

Who Hosts

Anyone can host a bridesmaids’ luncheon, as there are no hard and fast rules around this optional celebration, but typically the bride and her mother plan and host the event.

Who is Invited

The guests of honor are the bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids. It’s also customary to  invite the mother of the groom, favorite aunts, sisters, and any close friends who have helped with wedding planning.

Where to Host

Anywhere! A formal restaurant, the bride’s home, a local garden or park, a tea salon. Whatever suits your fancy and the theme/atmosphere you’re going for. Some brides host a backyard brunch while others prefer an elegant dinner by candlelight. It’s really up to you and  how you want to say thank you.

What to Do

This is another it’s-up-to-you detail. Unlike bridal showers and bachelorette parties, bridesmaids’ luncheons don’t have to include games and activities, but you can schedule something like an afternoon at the spa for the ladies, a wine tasting, or a group outing to a new art exhibit. Of course, you can always just relax at home and serve light menu items and cocktails.

Bridesmaids’ Gifts

Just as your girls have showered you with gifts, you’ll want to say thank you with a small token of your appreciation. This can be anything from a box of chocolates to personalized jewelry. It’s not so much about what you give, but that you give it in sincerity. Let your bridesmaids know how much you appreciate them being on this journey with you and that you’re thankful for their help and support.


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