Planning for your wedding day is winding down and it's time to make time for the little things. One of the most important "little" thing is to thank the many people that have helped with the planning as well as those that will be beside you on your wonderful day. An easy way to do this is to host a bridal luncheon or tea a day or two before the ceremony.
Who to Invite:
Traditionally, all the ladies involved with your wedding are invited. This usually includes the bridesmaids, maid of honor, mother of the bride and groom, flower girls and any other girls you might have in your wedding party such as candle lighters, readers, guest book attendants, etc. As a courtesy, you might also want to include the mothers of any young girls in your weddings, as well as, your grandmother(s) and those of the groom.
What to Serve:
If you want to take the stress out of planning the event, have it catered to the location of your choice or you can host it at a local restaurant, especially if they have a private room that you can reserve for the event. When planning your menu, think about the people invited and the theme of the wedding. Also, if you have the luncheon the morning of the rehearsal or of the wedding, think about something light as your rehearsal dinner will most likely be filling, as well as the food at your wedding.
What to Give:
It's always nice to thank your wedding party with a small gift. If you want your bridal party to wear certain jewelry, that is always a nice gift. Otherwise, a monogrammed gift is always a great idea in a southern wedding. For your younger members, think about something that is appropriate for their age. A book or doll may be perfect for those under 10 and for those in their teens, an age appropriate monogrammed gift will be memorable or you might want to consider a gift card. Depending on your budget, a spa day for your entire party may also be a fun gift. As far as your mother and grandmother, think about a special photo album that they can include pictures from the wedding.
Above all, make sure to have fun. It's a great time to slow down and enjoy some time with your girlfriends before the big day.
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