Almost all brides have a bridal shower hosted by their mom or future mother-in-law. A date is usually set anywhere from 6 weeks to two months before the wedding date. The bridal shower is a smaller gathering of ladies where a nice meal, casual setting and opening of gifts take place.
It can be booked in a reception hall, private club, restaurant, or someone’s home. If you decide to book the bridal shower in the same venue as your wedding reception then make sure to ask if a special discount will apply. Many venues will offer either a free room rental or even a meal discount!
Weddings are so expensive that many want to cut down their bridal showers costs. Serving a buffet breakfast is the new trend for 2012 and 2013 which is surprisingly inexpensive to do. The guests are invited earlier in the morning around 10:30 and then have a buffet breakfast for 11:00AM. Games and opening of gifts take place immediately after the breakfast and the afternoon should end by 2:00PM. This is a nice time so that all guests can be home with their family for dinner.
The invitation would say “breakfast with the bride” so it would not be a surprise to your guests that you are serving breakfast. How many ladies don’t like breakfast? Some ideas are egg benedict’s, waffles, and crepes to name a few. As the guests arrive you can even butler pass orange and cranberry juice which would be a nice touch.
This cost would be much more economical than providing a full hot lunch. You would not need a pastry table or even a wedding cake as your pastry items such as croissants and baked goods will be included in your buffet breakfast. No worry of opening a bar or serving wine because no one is going to expect alcohol at breakfast. Remember though if you wanted a little something you could also add in some Mimosa’s (champagne and orange juice).
If you choose a restaurant or your home then your decor would be very minimal. You can set out a nice bud vase with a rose or two with some baby breaths and perhaps one or two larger floral arrangements on the buffet stations. Just purchase a few dozen roses or carnations and you can make these yourself. Seat covers or linens would not need to be rented.
It’s a very cool idea and you should consider it as an option. Remember though, the invitation should say “breakfast with the bride” which makes it’s such a cute idea.