I had the honor of planning my best friend’s bridal brunch a week ago, and I’m still on a high. She said she just wanted me to make a simple brunch reservation, and didn’t want anything grand. I knew in my heart she wanted the full experience, so I did my best to give her that because you only get married once, right? Well, ideally, anyway. I wanted her to be surrounded by love and support as she enters this new chapter of her life.
I started planning this brunch about a month out from wedding. In just about 3 weeks time, I went into full planner mode and gave her the bridal brunch she wanted and deserved with the help of some amazing people. The first thing I did was choose a date. I immediately sent a ‘save the date‘ text message, so everyone could put it on their calendar. Once I got that out of the way, the planning commenced. Here are the 5 steps I took to plan the perfect bridal brunch for my sister at heart.
1. Find the venue/ restaurant
Unless you have ample funds to secure a stand alone venue for this brunch, a nice restaurant is your best bet. You can do away with the rental cost of a stand alone venue, and spend your money on what matters most: food and drink. The initial restaurant I wanted to use for the brunch fell through. While it was absolutely gorgeous and would have made for the perfect photo opp, the restaurant was just too new and wasn’t accustomed to brunching in Atlanta. The menu was very pricey, yet still extremely limited, so I went a different route. I landed on 5Church, which is one of my favorite restaurants in the city, especially for brunch. They were extremely accommodating and a pleasure to work with, from start to finish. I booked everything with the sales manager, sent the deposit, and all was set. I opted out of doing a pre-set menu because I wanted everyone to have the option of choosing whatever dish they wanted from the menu. Tip: choose a restaurant that is cost effective enough for you to not be forced into doing a pre-set menu. Check out average cost of brunch in your city and try to stay in that range.
2. Choose your aesthetic
Do you want bright and airy or dark and moody? Do you want floral or greenery? Rustic glam or boho chic? All of these are things you need to think about when planning the brunch. I knew I wanted to overload on the florals and greenery since it’s almost spring time. My best friend likes simplicity, and isn’t really into the overly glam decor, so I knew to keep it classic and timeless. I also chose to set the attire as pastel colors. I had a vision in my mind of the pastel marrying with the spring florals and the ladies nailed it. I also may or may not have had a bomb pastel mint green suit I scored from Target and was waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear it. Shhh, don’t tell anybody.
3. Find your decorator and vendors
I like to think I have great style, but some things just call for hiring a professional. I knew exactly what my vision was, but needed the right person to execute it. Thanks to Brittany of Brittany Mecole Designs, my vision didn’t just come to life, it surpassed my expectations… which is kind of a big deal. I told Brittany my desired aesthetic, the florals I wanted, and the color scheme I wanted for the tablescape. She pulled it all together perfectly and I was so happy with the end result. I purchased custom name place cards from Etsy for each guest and set one on top of each table setting. This really brought the tablescape together, and added an extra pop of personalization. I also purchased the most adorable custom cookies from Unforgettables ATL and they made for the perfect party favor. I wanted a bridal shower sign to be placed on an easel next to the table. My best friend sent me the outfit she was wearing to the brunch and a light bulb went off in my head. I took a screenshot of the outfit and sent it to a graphic designer to make the florals on her dress match the floral border on the bridal sign. I’m not extra at all. I got the bridal sign printed on a foam board at Staples and it came out perfectly. I can’t forget about the amazing photographer, JLavii Photography, who arrived to snap pictures of the tablescape and the beautiful bride. I couldn’t have pulled this off without the help of these amazing vendors.
4. Send out details and collect funds
Since you’ve already sent the save the date, your guests are probably ready for all of the the additional details. Once the venue was solidified, I sent out a text with all of the details. Most important was the cost. I was sure to keep it affordable and made sure they got their bang for their buck. I set a due date for the funds to be paid, and I was lucky to have a great group of girls that paid within 3 days. About 2 weeks out, I sent another email just touching base. And then a week out, I sent a text reminder with all of the important details. Finally I sent a reminder the day before. Date, time, attire, gift options, etc. The guests really appreciated all of the communication and we’re just as excited to celebrate the bride as I was.
5. Celebrate the bride to be
This is the easiest, yet the single most important step: CELEBRATE THE BRIDE! She’s about to enter a completely new chapter in her life. She’s stepping into uncharted territory and will need all the love, support, and encouragement from her loved ones. We all arrived before Jasmine so she could be the center of attention. I sat her at the head of the table so she could address everyone with ease. I started brunch off with a toast and then we each went around the table and shared words with the bride. At the end, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. It melted my heart to see how much everyone’s words meant to her. I shared before hand what some good gift options might be and had a gift table in the room, as well. I could see in her eyes how appreciative she was and I knew my mission was accomplished.
All in all, the day was perfect and I wish I could relive it just one more time to feel the love in the room. If you have a special lady getting married and you’re planning the bridal shower for her, use these tips. Let me know if this helps! Pin the image below to save this to your board for reference!
Xo, Consuella ♥