Mar 30, 2008

Bridesmaid's Luncheon

Your bridesmaids have done so much for you throughout the wedding planning process. They listen to you and offer moral support, they buy dresses and go to fittings, they probably plan a shower and a bachelorette party, perhaps help stuff invitations or assemble favors, and most importantly, they are standing up with you on your big day. A traditional way to thank them is to host a Bridesmaid's Luncheon.

Logistics will determine when you have the Bridesmaid's Luncheon- if everyone is local, you could have it several weeks before the Wedding. If your girls are coming from out of town, holding the luncheon close to the Wedding is also acceptable.

The Bridesmaid's Luncheon can be casual or formal, simple or not. Whatever fits your budget and personality. You could host it in your home, or at a restaurant or cafe. You provide a meal for your Bridesmaids, thank them for everything they have done for you, and tell them how much they mean to you, and then present them each with a gift. It does not need to be any more structured than that, it is a time for you to spend with your Bridesmaids and show your appreciation.

One tradition associated with the Bridesmaid's Luncheon is the serving of a pink cake. This pink cake, with its pink frosting, has a silver ring and ribbon baked inside. Good fortune awaits the girl who gets the piece of cake with the ring. Interpretations vary, but the standard is that she will be the next to marry. Other thoughts are that she will be lucky in love.

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If you do not have a large bridal party, such as a maid of honor as your only attendant, it is acceptable to present her with a gift and thanks at the rehearsal dinner. It is in fact fairly common for the bridal party gifts to be presented at the rehearsal dinner, but the Bridesmaid's Luncheon is still a nice tradition.


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