You’ve finished planning all the little details of your wedding and now it’s time to relax and enjoy the loved ones who have come to help you celebrate a new chapter in your life. One way to kick off the wedding weekend and find time to chill is with a bridal brunch.
While bridal luncheons have been a tradition for centuries, brunches are becoming the most popular before-the-wedding event and brides are swooning. Here are a few ways to plan your own bridal brunch.
When should the brunch take place?
Typically, the bridal brunch happens on the Friday before a Saturday wedding. This way you can have a pre-celebration with your bridesmaids before the stress of the big day comes into play. Late morning works best for brunches, especially for those who are coming from out of town and didn’t get the chance to go to bed on time.
Where will the event happen?
A small ballroom in a hotel or country club would be a great location for a bridal brunch. It might even be good planning to host the event at the hotel where the guests will be staying. This will ensure that everyone gets there on time and doesn’t have to drive after a mid-morning mimosa.
This is entirely up to the bride, but these events are meant to be very small and intimate. Wedding etiquette says it should be your bridesmaids and maybe the mothers of the bride and groom and a few special family members or friends. This is your time to enjoy your last hurrah as a single lady, so don’t feel obligated to invite a big group.
Who foots the bill?
Often time these special extras are paid for by the bride and groom or the bride’s parents. But if Grandma or Aunt Sally wants to help pay, allow them the chance to afford you this opportunity in lieu of a wedding gift.
What should be served?
Brunch can encompass anything from eggs Benedict and a waffle bar to finger sandwiches and petite desserts. As long as these delicacies are accompanied by cocktails or a mimosa bar, you can’t go wrong.