Q: What, exactly, is the bridal luncheon, and who hosts it?

A: Traditionally, the bridal luncheon is a party that's hosted by the bride for her attendants. It usually takes place a day or two before the wedding, but it doesn't have to be an actual lunch—you could invite your bridesmaids to an at-home brunch or a champagne gathering at your favorite restaurant. The mother of the bride, as well as other close female relatives, often attend. It's the perfect time to distribute the bridesmaids' gifts.

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