Just because you may not have much of an appetite on your big day doesn't mean your besties will feel the same. In fact, we can almost guarantee they'll come ready to grub—and carrots dipped in hummus won't be enough. So, we decided to ask former bridesmaids and brides what they think the perfect pre-ceremony meal is (Hint: something that's easy to eat and won't make a big mess).
Make sure your girls get their food fix by filling their tummies up with these must-have munchies. After all, nobody likes a hangry bridesmaid—or bride for that matter.
My sister-in-law had bagels and fruit for everyone, which was nice, but I definitely wanted something more substantial. I think sandwiches are a great, easy to eat choice, as long as they aren't too messy." — Callie
"The perfect menu would be protein heavy. My favorite bridal party spread had grilled shrimp, chicken and veggies, hummus and pita, and a few other options. It was delicious and pretty easy to eat. This was a protein packed meal so every bridal party member nibbled on something and was fine until the evening reception." — Brittany
"Finger foods are the way to go. Order wraps from your favorite deli and have fruit and chips as sides. Avoid things like pizza, condiments, burgers, or anything that could stand the chance of ruining a dress. Trays with mini muffins or mini cupcakes are cute and satisfying. Always have both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic choice for everyone as well." — Ryan
An Actual Meal
"If they're with you during lunch, you should serve them an actual meal. At my sister-in-law's wedding we had nothing and literally starved until dinner. Personally, I need to eat or I get lightheaded." — Jessee
Something Light, but Filling
"I'd love fresh fruit and small sandwiches or a platter of subs. I would want something light—since I get butterflies before big events—yet filling enough to hold me over until dinner." — Hannah
"If possible, let the girls pick whatever they prefer. We did this at my wedding, and I think it went well because some people chose heavy carb-laden foods, while others went for light salads." — Juliana
"Believe it or not, my bridesmaids wanted pizza. We're grabbing it from a gourmet spot on our way to the church. I've gotten hangry before an evening wedding and the only thing to eat was a fruit plate. Needless to say, they'll be dining before they put on their dresses." — Caroline