Planning a wedding? If you are a bride planning a wedding, you know just how stressful things can be. From selecting a venue, organizing the seating chart, sending out invitations, selecting a color theme, tasting the cake, finding wedding music for your first dance as the new Mr. and Mrs., and choosing the perfect wedding dress, planning a wedding can sometimes be a bit hectic! After all, this is the day you have dreamt about since you were a little girl. So it is imperative that you want everything to be perfect.

During these stressful times, the bride will need a helping hand. This is where the role of the bridesmaids come in! Yes, they have their traditional duties to perform in the months leading up to the wedding day. But these girls will also be the ones standing next to your side as you give your vows before the altar! And these are the girls who will calm your nerves in the days and hours leading up to the ceremony.

So if you are a bride planning your big day, you do not want to forget to show your appreciation to your favorite ladies! The perfect way to say ‘thank you’ is to host a luncheon that is in their honor.

Here are some simple steps on how to plan a bridesmaid luncheon:

1. Select a Date:

If any of your bridesmaids will be traveling from afar to attend your wedding, then you will want to host the luncheon a just few days before the wedding date. This way, travel accommodations can be made ahead of time to attend both the luncheon and the wedding ceremony and reception.

2. Choose a Venue:

A bridesmaid luncheon is a small affair with just the girls. So you want to make sure that the setting evokes intimacy. Most bridesmaid luncheons are hosted out of the home or at a favorite restaurant. Other venue ideas include spa resorts, wine vineyards or tea houses.

An intimate setting for just the girls!
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3. Compose a Guest List:

Once the date and venue are selected, now is the time to compose the guest list. The bridesmaid luncheon will be attended by the bridesmaids, the Jr. bridesmaids and the maid or matron of honor. The guest list may also include mothers, aunts, grandmothers, close friends and any person who has played a special role in the planning of your wedding day.

Nicole Ryan Photography via The Bridal Detective
Nicole Ryan Photography via The Bridal Detective

4. Send Out Invitations

With the guest list ready, you are able to shop for bridesmaid luncheon invitations. The invitations set the tone of your special affair. So you want to make sure to send out invitations that are of quality with a personalized message. Creations by Leslie carries a beautiful plethora of custom printed bridesmaid luncheon invitations that are filled with elegance and charm and that are sure to embrace the significance of the day.


5. Purchase Bridesmaid Gifts

Because of their hard work and dedication, the bridesmaid luncheon creates the perfect opportunity to hand out your bridesmaid gifts to all of the girls. With each gift, you may hand write a personal note thanking them for participating in your special day. One great idea is to give out gifts that match the theme of your luncheon, such as tea cups for an afternoon tea or potted plants for a garden luncheon.

Nicole Ryan Photography via The Bridal Detective.
Nicole Ryan Photography via The Bridal Detective.