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2.13.2016

Bridesmaid Ask Brunch

bridesmaid ask brunch
I was walking down the street and came across a bus stop ad for Kleenex.  It read something along the lines of "Got asked to be a bridesmaid again" with an image of tears streaming down a girls face. Bridesmaid status definitely has a bad rap - I get it - but I also don't think it has to. 

I must admit there are so many cringe-worthy aspects of the "traditional bridesmaid." But one thing I have learned throughout the whole wedding planning process is the importance of doing things your own way and not the wedding industries way. 

Life celebrations are opportunities to bring those closest to you together. I ultimately decided that I wanted to have a bridal party but without any expectations or duties. Yes, duties. Apparently there is a list of traditional duties allocated for both the maid of honour and bridesmaids. I didn't even know these existed until I referenced the terrifying bridal binder. I'm now debating whether this should be burned to limit the extent of my anxiety.

My personal outlook is that everyone can do whatever they'd like, or not like, as they wish. To be quite honest - I did a little bit of recon work before asking to gauge out everyones interest in being part of the bridesmaid train. I knew forced fun is never fun and being a maid is not for everyone. 

After Michael and I selected the wedding party, I decided I wanted to show the girls how much they mean to me and pop the question over brunch at my place. The menu was set - mimos, macarons, bagels & smoked salmon.

bridesmaid ask brunch
I was lucky enough to have Skye Flowers come on board and dream up the most insanely gorgeous flower arrangement I've ever seen. The details that she went over with me were above and beyond my expectations, and I was completely blown away by the final arrangement. They were absolutely perfect for my girly brunch. The level of thought that went into these arrangements was incredible, and am so thankful to have found Skye to work her magic. Follow Skye on Instagram at @skye_flowers to get your daily dose of pretty.

bridesmaid ask brunch

bridesmaid ask brunch
My parents gifted us their china which I used to set the table. As a little girl, I remember coming downstairs on my birthday to the table set with the "special china" along with streamers and confetti. It was the perfect sentimental addition that made things feel a little extra special. 

bridesmaid ask brunch

bridesmaid ask brunch
I knew I wanted to pop the question in a special way - so I came up with this little box for each of my maids. I'll be sharing my tutorial on the blog later this week - stay tuned. 

bridesmaid ask brunch
What's a brunch without a mimo bar? I decided to stock the bottles with grapefruit, mango, pinapple, and cranberry juice. I purchased the adorable Mimosa Bar sign on Etsy here. I bought a frame at Homesense and spray painted it gold. 

bridesmaid ask brunch


bridesmaid ask brunch
I made this tassel garland following the DIY found here.

bridesmaid ask brunch
I'm going to be honest here - I'm a huge montreal bagel gal. When I lived uptown, I would always treat myself to The Bagel House on weekends. Now being a downtown gal without any Montreal bagel goodness in sight, I was at a loss. Until my sister mentioned What A Bagel. I picked them up the morning of and turned out to be a huge success (apparently only one bridesmaid shares my similar passion for the Montreal ;)

bridesmaid ask brunch
And never mind the mimos, what's a brunch without macarons? I knew these were a must. I headed over to Nadege the day prior to pick them up and store in the refrigerator overnight. Fun fact: macarons last up to four days in the refrigerator. Who knew?!

bridesmaid ask brunch
The spread. I ventured out to the East end to pick up a smoked salmon filet from Kristapsons - the best smoked salmon in Toronto. I borrowed my moms fish platter to serve it on :)

bridesmaid ask brunch
Beyond words. If only you could smell them. I felt like all I needed was a unicorn and I would be in a dream. 

bridesmaid ask brunch
I put the capers in the adorable pinch pot I gave Michael for Christmas from the Drake General Store, along with the diamond marble & wood cheeseboard (gotta love those communal gifts! ;)

bridesmaid ask brunch

bridesmaid ask brunch
I found these little cups at Homesense (um adorable right?!)

bridesmaid ask brunch

bridesmaid ask brunch
It was the perfect day. I had all my nearest and dearest gals under one roof getting to know each other, and most importantly, celebrating how much each of them mean to me. 

xx A
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  1. this is soooo adorable!! It is so nice you went the extra mile for your bridesmaid and made the question asking process so pretty for them. Such a thoughtful bride!

    Eleni xo

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    1. Aw you're the sweetest Eleni. Thanks so much for your kind words - you are too cute!

      XOXO

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  2. I love this, Amy! The details are stunning. What a perfect brunch!

    xx Gabriella
    pastelsandpastries.com

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    1. Thanks so much Gabriella! It was so much fun to have everyone together :)

      XOXO

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  3. Oh my gosh these photos are stunning! What a special way to spend time with your bridal party, I just adore this!

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    1. Thanks love!!! It was lots of fun (too many macarons and mimos tho) :) !!!

      XOXO

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  4. This is a gorgeous venue for events. I went to wedding venues here some time back and was impressed the second I stepped through the door. I'm hoping that I'll get to go back for other events to enjoy great company and beautiful surroundings.

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  5. such a classy event!i love the style, very beautiful, interesting just like my post about brides and weddings https://kovla.com/blog/all-you-have-to-know-about-russian-mail-order-brides/ that you can read here!enjoy

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