We’ll take any excuse to celebrate at this point in the year and what better reason to trade in your sweatpants for real clothes than an epic bridal luncheon with your favorite gals?! If you’re looking for a place to have your bridal shower in Kansas City, MO, or tasked with the job of planning and hosting a bridal shower brunch then you’re probably looking for some tips on where to start.
From etiquette and decor to gift and outfit ideas, here’s everything you need to know about planning a bridal shower event in Kansas City, MO. But first things first – what is a bridal luncheon or brunch and how is it any different from a traditional bridal shower?
What Is a Bridal Luncheon?
Also known as a bridesmaid luncheon, a bridal luncheon is an optional celebratory event for the bride and her bridesmaids. It’s traditionally held in the days leading up to the wedding as a way to honor and thank your bridesmaids for
putting up with your crazy self all their help with wedding planning. It doesn’t have to be an actual lunch though – some brides plan brunches, spa days, or fun activities like a winery tour. Bottomless mimosas anyone? 🍾
Who Hosts a Bridal Luncheon?
Since bridal luncheons or brunches aren’t always included in pre-wedding festivities, the hosting responsibilities are flexible. The bride could plan it herself, or the mother-of-the-bride or Maid-of-Honor could host it.
Who is Invited to a Bridal Luncheon?
Invite the whole gang! Your Bride Tribe, mommas, grandmammas, and any close lovely ladies you want to share this moment with. There’s no wrong answer here! Invite those who will celebrate this special moment with you, no matter how intimate the number may be. We typically recommend a list under 20ish if possible, so you have the chance to spend close time with everyone.
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Where to Have It?
If you’re looking for the perfect place to host your bridal shower brunch in Kansas City then we absolutely have to recommend our friends over at Grand Street Cafe! For over 25 years, locally owned and operated Grand Street has been a KC favorite for its modern American cuisine. (I recommend the shrimp & grits and salmon salad, with a French 75 cocktail).
With two locations (Lenexa and the Plaza), they are conveniently accessible no matter where around town you’re located. For a more intimate experience with your babes, reserve a private dining room at either location!
How to Decorate?
The best bridal shower decor is hands down floral arrangments. We always recommend flowers because they are an easy way to dress up the venue and elevate your experience. There’s nothing I love more when it comes to the decor for your bridal shower. For either Grand Street private dining location, we recommend having (3) small compote arrangements or (2) rectangular box arrangements, with candles interspersed. Lily Does Flowers is right around the corner from the KC location and always knows how to bring our color and texture dreams to life.
Bridal Shower Gift Ideas
It’s always a nice gesture to gift a small item to your bridesmaids or at least the hostess of your bridal brunch. As for gift etiquette for the bride, bridal shower gifts are more modest than wedding gifts and typically follow the theme of the event. Our friend Katie over at the Kansas City Box customizes the greatest local gifts! Create a small, meaningful gift for each of your ladies, and pop them in these adorable KC skyline totes!
What to Wear to a Bridal Shower
After nearly a year of leggings and dry shampoo, you’re probably wondering, “What the heck am I going to wear?!” We’ve put together a few outfit ideas for both the bride and bridal shower guests
For the Bride
Pair this white eyelet dress or this tie-front dress with an edgy white leather jacket. Throw on these earrings from local KC Jewelry designer Anne-Marie Designs and this Tory Burch purse to complete your look.
As a guest of any wedding or bridal event, the #1 fashion rule to follow is: never outshine the bride. But that doesn’t mean your bridal shower outfit can’t be cute! Try this midi dress with white booties, a taupe-colored fedora hat, and these cute leopard bracelets and purse.