The day before our wedding, I hosted my bridesmaids, plus Z’s mother and grandmother, for brunch. It was so lovely to hide away from all the visitors and spend some time with my closest friends. The last time my bridesmaids had been all together was five months prior at my bachelorette party, so being together helped us all reconnect before the wedding day. Below are my planning tips for a lovely and memorable bridal brunch!
Say Thank You
I personally planned the brunch as a way to say thank you to my bridesmaids. Each of them had spent time and money on my wedding–from bridesmaids dresses, bridal showers and a fun Austin bachelorette. I wanted to make sure that I recognized all of their hard work and thoughtful planning they each contributed over the past year. In lieu of formal place settings, I wrote a thank you note to each person, and used it to designate each individual’s seat. It was so special to see each person open their own individual card and read a personalized thank you note from me.
Be Selective With Your Guest List
Any wedding weekend is typically overflowing with relatives, old family friends, and college pals. I easily could have doubled the size of the Bridal Brunch to include more women, but I knew realistically I couldn’t afford it. I ultimately was really happy I kept the guest list small. As an introvert, it was relieving to escape all of mine and Z’s guests for two hours and spend it with my best girlfriends.
Choose a Beautiful Space
The weekend of your wedding is bound to be stressful, between guests, last minute decisions, and general logistics for all of your events. The last thing I wanted to worry about was decor for my bridal brunch. I purposefully chose Shed’s patio because I knew it would be beautiful right from the get-go, and I would not feel the need to decorate the space for my Bridal Brunch.
Decide on a Set Menu
I worked with Shed on a set menu for brunch, and it made ordering so easy. Shed made sure there was enough variety on the menu to keep everyone happy. From the most beautiful green salad to flourless chocolate cake, every dish was breathtakingly beautiful, and even though the portions seemed small at first, we ended up leaving with so many leftovers. We ended up eating all the leftovers the morning of the wedding while getting our hair and make-up done.
Go Easy On the Alcohol
While we did enjoy a glass of champagne, we did not overindulge in mimosas, bloody marys, and other drinks. While I typically think an alcoholic drink can make brunch feel extra celebratory, I was cautious of how alcohol would affect my body pre-wedding. I opted for one glass of champagne during a sweet toast from my sister, and then drank water the rest of the brunch.