The Day Before the Wedding Part 2: My Bridesmaid Luncheon

For my Bridesmaid Luncheon, I chose to get manicures and pedicures and then head to Afternoon Tea.

I told the Bridemaids to “save the date” for the afternoon of the day before the wedding. Then, about three days beforehand, I sent them an adorable invitation in the mail that I bought at All She Wrote.

The day didn’t go exactly to plan. We wanted to get manicures and pedicures at Bliss but they were booked solid. Based on a recommendation, we booked at a local spa. When we arrived, they didn’t have our reservation. At the last minute, we ended up at a nail salon. They let us drink our two bottles of champagne so we were happy. I’m happy to say that my nails lasted until Monday!

After that hiccup, we headed for luxury. Specifically, the Seasons Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel. After dessert, three staff members came to our table. Each carrying a little blue box, handed one to each of my maids. My bridesmaids were utterly surprised and really excited.

The girls were completely shocked when they realized that each gift was personalized. How did the staff know which gift to give to each girl? I came in earlier in the day and described each girl. The Four Seasons went above and beyond in their service for us.

After that, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for the rehearsal!

Bridesmaid Luncheon

In appreciation and gratitude for their participation in her wedding, it is traditional for the bride to treat her maids to a party.

Everything else is pretty much up to the bride. The formality of the event can range for an a casual brunch, afternoon tea, or a night out on the town. The luncheon can be held at the beginning of the engagement as a means to introduce the bridal party. Or, it can be held closer to the wedding date, which is more traditional. The guests always include the bridesmaids. Other brides might include flower girls, their Mother, the Mother of the Groom, or other female relatives.

During the Bridesmaid Luncheon, the Bride may choose to give her attendants their gifts. Another fun tradition is the “charm cake”. Originating, in England during Victorian times, silver charms (one for each bridesmaid) are attached to ribbons and then placed underneath the bottom layer of a cake. Each bridesmaid pulls a ribbon to discover her symbolic charm at the end. The symbols can include a ring (next to be engaged), a flower (love will blossom) or a wishbone (lucky in love). Unless you have an enormous bridal party, you should have no trouble finding one individual charm for each maid.

Tomorrow, I will tell you what I did for my Bridesmaid Luncheon.