Hosting a Bridesmaids’ Brunch
Posted on: June 30, 2017

Photography by Abby Lorenz.
Photography by Abby Lorenz.

Hosting a Bridesmaids’ Brunch to Remember

Just before you walk down the aisle, take a moment to honor and thank your closest friends who have supported you throughout your life. A bridesmaids’ brunch is a wonderful way to give a heartfelt thank-you to your bridal party. Take it as a way to unwind and begin to enjoy the festivities of the wedding itself. Typically, these luncheons are held the day before or the morning of your wedding. However, if you plan something much earlier, you can use a bridesmaids’ brunch or luncheon as a sweet and memorable way to ask your best girlfriends to be a part of your wedding.

The bridesmaids’ brunch has long been a Southern tradition, and Hampshire House is the best place to give your event some Southern charm with a New England flair. We have several unique, sophisticated spaces in which to host this event, and our intimate setting makes it all the more memorable. Our staff will work with you to create a custom brunch menu (complete with mimosas, if you so desire) so that you can leave your best girlfriends with a memory they’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Hosting Etiquette and Who to Invite

Bridal brunches are a wonderful way to express your gratitude and unwind amidst all the wedding stress. In order to ensure that you don’t add unwanted strain, choose a venue that will take care of all the finer details for you. Who to invite is completely up to you: keep it small and intimate by inviting the bridesmaids only or open up the invitation to additional girlfriends, moms, and family members.

Sweets, Treats, and the Bridesmaids’ Cake

In addition to the fabulous menus offered at the Hampshire House, consider taking part in the historic cake tradition. A staple of bridesmaid luncheons, this tradition includes serving a cake that is baked with a coin, ring, or thimble inside. The bridesmaid who finds the token in her slice of cake is thought to be lucky in love, and maybe the next to marry. In the Victorian era, this ritual evolved with six different charms attached to ribbons, which would be baked into the cake. Before the cake was sliced, the bridesmaids would each pull a ribbon to get their special charm.

Thoughtful Gifts for Your Bridesmaids

It is customary to give your bridal party gifts for being in your wedding. Consider giving a bracelet or earrings that they can each wear during the ceremony or select a pretty memento for each one that says something about your friendship. Increasingly, brides are also purchasing matching robes for their bridesmaids to get ready in before they put on their dresses. Although many couples still opt to give out their bridal party gifts at the rehearsal dinner, this is a fun and thoughtful option for the bridesmaids’ luncheon, too.

If you want to use a bridesmaids’ brunch as an opportunity to ask your best girlfriends to be a part of your wedding day earlier in the planning cycle, then you can surprise each one with an extra-special card — pick something out pre-printed or have one custom-made with your bridesmaids’ names — and a small token of your appreciation, like a miniature champagne bottle or a customized charm or trinket. With that being said, the brunch is enough of a gift on its own!

An Intimate Ambiance

At the Hampshire House, bridesmaid luncheons are typically hosted on our third floor. In the cozy Thayer room, a fireplace will be made in cooler months to warm up your gathering. From the windows, you can overlook the Boston Public Garden. In warm weather, take a stroll through the garden after your meal to capture some pictures of your bridal party. This intimate ambiance is perfect for smaller groups and provides you with an especially enjoyable backdrop to calm your pre-wedding nerves.