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Planning an event for the bridesmaids

Feb 14, 2011 08:48PM ● By Anonymous

Never-the-less, I like the idea of it. Another option, rather than  tea or luncheon, is a spa day for the gals. I was recently at Lotus of Annapolis, a spa near Italian Market on Lubrano Drive, for a hot stone pedicure and manicure, and they told me about how they had recently hosted a girl's day at the spa. While the space is small, the treatment rooms allow for two girls to be worked on at one time, so it might be nice just for a maid of honor and bride to get away for an hour or two before the wedding. I sat, there, totally relaxed by treatment I was getting, and thought about how nice it would be to bring my sister in. (I didn't know what a hot stone mani-pedi was, so if you don't either, here's a rundown -- It's kind of a hybrid massage and mani-pedi, using hot stones to massage and sooth your leg muscles. The treatment lasted about an hour and a half, and was basically the most relaxing thing I've done for myself in a long time. Now I'm sitting here in fantasy-land, wanting to book another appointment.)

So -- luncheon or spa day? Well, clearly, the luncheon is probably more cost-effective (unless you, as a bride, spring for just manicures ... which is also a great way to say "thanks!"), but there's something to be said for a relaxing day at the spa ...

Either way, here are a few things to think about:

  • When will you hold it? Typically, the event is held the day before the "big day," as all the bridesmaids are in town and ready for some good, old-fashioned girls time.
  • Where will you hold it? If you're doing a spa day, this is already answered. However, for a luncheon, it's much like the rehearsal dinner -- you can make it as fancy or as casual as you'd like. You could meet up at a local coffee shop for some light nibble, have the gang over to your house or apartment for a home-cooked meal, or invite them all out for high tea at a local boutique hotel.
  • What will you serve? It depends on the time of day. For a brunch, a celebration like this basically requires mimosas. For a luncheon, think along the same lines as what you would serve at a bridal shower. And there's no law that says you can't have the girls round for a cocktail party!