So Excited For The Bridal Luncheon {And A Giveaway!}

My wedding is coming up this year and while we’ve run into a lot of bumps with it, I’m still determined to do as much of it “right-for-us” as I can.  That includes having both of us spend some time away from each other (sans children) to share with our friends our last fleeting moments as singles.  (I know, it’s hilarious to call us “singles” when we’ve lived together like we’re married for almost 3 years now.  Go figure.)  Call me sheltered, but I didn’t realize there were so many ways to celebrate the fact that you were about to become a married woman.

My understanding of what you do to celebrate was split into two categories: a fun night of what-happens-here-stays-here fun with the girls complete with man-part shaped desserts or a calm gift-giving party more akin to what you would expect at a baby shower.  Either one works for me, although I prefer the latter.  When I was browsing I decided I really needed to know the different kinds of parties to be able to tell the maid of honor which kind I’d prefer.

What Kind Of Bridal Party Can I Have?

Bachelorette Party: Drinks, dancing, and anything else is on the table.  Including maybe on of your bridesmaids if the drinks and the music’s good enough.  These can be held at a lot of locations, but always promise to be a very memorable and wild night.

Kitchen Party: One of the most registered for things on bride’s list are items to fill the kitchen.  Nobody wants to end up with 10 blenders, but it’s important to use this opportunity to help the newly weds with the things they’ll need for their domestic life.  This can be held anywhere, but it’s great to hold it at the Bride’s home so that she’s not packing up heavy or bulky boxes to take back with her.

Lingerie Party: See above about giving the newly weds things they’ll need.  A lingerie party provides the bride those special delicates that she’ll be wearing to bed in her new married life (for a little while anyway).  These are usually done at the maid of honor’s home or somewhere else private.  The bridal shower invitations for these should include the bride’s sizes which makes them difficult to do as a surprise unless you’re close enough to the bride to already know her measurements.

Bridal Luncheon/Dinner: This is the easiest party to surprise a bride with and it’s also the easiest if you have a small guest list.  The bridal party and the bride’s closest female friends and family enjoy a meal together and bring the bride gifts for her new life.  This can be held at a home or at a restaurant.  If you have a large party, you can always ask a local restaurant if they have a private room that you can use to set up the party in to make it extra special for the bride-to-be.

We’re going with a bridal luncheon at my favorite restaurant, so I went to Invitation Box and picked out a bridal shower invitation design that had the same pretty purple that’s going to be in my wedding.  There are hundreds of designs to choose from and some of them are just so fitting.  The woman in a bridal gown and apron is just so me that it hurts, and the cowgirl ones make me wish I was just a little more country, but I settled on something a little more simple and classy since there’s not really going to be a theme for the party.

bridal shower invitation

The process is easy.  You can fill in lines, add lines, take them out, and change between font styles in a set that look great together.  Then you can move them around to exactly where you want them.  Afterward you have two choices.  You can either have them print it exactly as you’ve set it or have one of their experts take a look.  My layout was tweaked by the expert just slightly in some areas, and looks even better than my original was.  They make sure that things line up perfectly and that the whole invitation flows well.  If you choose to have someone look it over for you, they’ll email you a proof of the invitation for you to approve before they send the real thing to you.

I ordered the bridal shower invitations, the wedding invitations, and a gift for Mr. Determined for his bachelor party poker game all in one “trip” online.  I loved the thick cardstock that the invitations are printed on (very high quality printing by the way) and the fact that they come with complimentary Thank You cards for you to send out afterward.  Complimentary and free are two words that you learn to love when you’re funding your own wedding.  I think these were definitely all worth the price and beautifully done.  Definitely a win for anyone wanting truly personal and memorable bridal shower invitations.

Win It!

Who wants a $50 gift certificate to Invitation Box?  You can use it to get wedding invitations, birthday invitations, gifts, and a whole lot more.  Ready to win it?  The Giveaway will run through March 24, 2013 and is open to residents of the US.  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below and Good Luck!

{I will be doing another giveaway on the day of the bridal shower on Bow Ties and Tulle, so don’t forget to subscribe there during this giveaway to make sure you’re notified when it’s up!}

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I'm busy diving into motherhood stilettos-first while earning a modest living from my couch. I have an obsession with baking and a passion for handmade products. Connect with me on Google+.

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