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Friday, July 16, 2010

Consider Having a Bridesmaids' Luncheon

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Amity Mason and Ka Hale Olinda
Flowers by Anny Heid

Looking for a way to thank those wonderful bridesmaids of yours? Why not host a bridesmaids' luncheon? This event is still sort of a question mark to a lot of people. Hopefully this post will help to clear up what exactly a bridesmaids' luncheon entails and how to pull one off.



A perk of the bridesmaids' luncheon not being very common, is you’re free to make it as formal or casual as you would like. The main goal at one of these gatherings is to stop and thank those who have helped you during the lengthy process of planning your wedding. This can also include the older women in your life who weren’t included in the bachelorette party.

A wedding is a merging of two families and these cute and intimate luncheons provide an opportunity for female bonding. If you’re having a destination wedding, the luncheon can be held in your hometown, but with a theme that ties in with your overall wedding scheme. The option of holding it at home also allows for guests who are unable to make the trip to your wedding feel as though they are still a part of your big day.


The bridesmaidss' luncheon shown here took place in Maui, Hawaii. The set up reflected the two cultures which were being joined in marriage. Hawaiian china from the 1800’s and traditional Chinese serving spoons were used. By embracing the bride and groom’s different cultures, the luncheon will allow members of each family to reminisce and learn more about each other.

At a traditional bridesmaids' luncheon, light food is served such as finger sandwiches, salads and tea. However, this is your event. Some brides choose to have their bridesmaid celebration in the evening at a favorite restaurant or as a brunch the day of the wedding.



It’s really up to you the style of luncheon you would like to host. Think about incorporating family heirlooms to make the setting more personal. Just don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Take this time to thank all the most important women in your life and to let them know how much they’re appreciated.

About: Courtney is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. It’s been her dream to work at a bridal or travel magazine. Enter, Destination I Do. She adores traveling and would love to one day live overseas. While not yet a bride, she is an experienced bridesmaid. Follow Courtney here.

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