The days leading up to your wedding
The first step to throwing the perfect bridesmaids luncheon is to make and mail detailed invitations
The bridesmaids luncheon is traditionally held the day before the wedding, as this allows for out-of-town attendees to plan ahead and be present for the event. But if this is still a busy time for you, you may want to hold it a few weeks before the wedding, perhaps after the final dress fitting when things have hit a lull and are far less stressful. Ultimately the decision is up to you, especially since the bridesmaids luncheon is technically not a required (and maybe not even necessarily expected) event.
Where and what time of day you hold your bridesmaids luncheon depends on the overall feel you are trying to achieve. If you want something formal and elegant, you may opt for a dinnertime affair complete with champagne or wine and a full course meal. If you want to stick to the traditional luncheon idea, however, you can get away with doing something formal or something more fun--think pink cosmos and finger foods. Brunch is also a popular time for this event, as it allows you to serve light fare and fresh fruit that will keep everyone looking trim for the big day.
While a luncheon may typically be held in your own backyard or your favourite restaurant, some more creative venues are becoming increasingly popular.
Although the luncheon is largely a time for the bride to give presents to her bridesmaids, it's also a wonderful opportunity for the bride to give gifts to her mother and mother-in-law for all of their support. This doesn't have to be anything grand, but rather a personalized, heartfelt gesture. Bridesmaids can also jointly give a gift to the bride at this time, although it is certainly not required--they will have already purchased their dresses
There are a host of traditions associated with the cake served at the bridesmaids luncheon, so it might not hurt to do some internet research to see if any one idea is particularly appealing to you. Some of the most popular ones include: