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What is a bridal lunch?
A bridal lunch or brunch is a daytime celebration for the bride and her bridesmaids. It is completely optional, but it is usually used as an opportunity for the bride to thank her bridesmaids for all of their hard work. It is usually limited to the women participating in the ceremony and is often held in the days leading up to the wedding. The luncheon could be used as a celebration on its own or in preparation for a trip to the nail salon. Additionally, the lunch could be hosted by the mother of the bride, the maid of honor or the bride herself.
Why have a bridal lunch?
A bridal lunch can be a great way to relax and unwind with the women involved in the big event. It can involve any type of food you desire, and does not even have to be limited to lunch! Although adding an extra event to the already extravagant wedding plans may seem tedious and unnecessary, it is a smaller and more intimate way to connect with the other women in the party. The lunch can also be a great opportunity for the bride to present her bridesmaids gifts. Rather than at another more chaotic event such as the rehearsal dinner, the bride can thank her bridesmaids personally and attentively with presents. Above all, a bridal lunch is an extra step to bond with your loved ones and take a step back from the wedding chaos.
Due to the wide variety of cuisine and beautiful dining venues, Athens is a perfect place to host a bridal lunch. Whether you prefer to dive into a slice of cake at the famous Last Resort Grill or cheers over some cheese at the Pine, Athens has everything you need to perfect the last step of the bridal party. While there are dozens of options to choose from and every bride’s preference is different, here are 5 suggestions of restaurants for your Athens bridal lunch.
Last Resort Grill
With ingredients from local vendors, a wide variety of choices and a beautiful socially-distant outdoor space, Last Resort Grill is an excellent option for a bridal lunch. Some highlights on the menu include the fried green tomatoes and crab cakes for a starter, a wide variety of soups and salads for the main course, and of course, the famous cake for dessert.
The Table Bistro
Located in the heart of Athens, the Table Bistro American cuisine is another fantastic option to host a bridal lunch. The Bistro has delectable soups and salads as well as an entire section for handheld snacks that are only available during lunch. If you are looking to add some spice, the Table Bistro also has a selection of pasta and meat dishes that will make your mouth water.
Five and Ten
Whether you are looking for snackies, littler or bigger options, five and ten is the perfect place to make your bridal lunch vision come to life. Some highlights on the menu include pimento cheese with bacon marmalade, a crisp lyonnaise salad and pasta bolognese. Along with fantastic food, five and ten also has a wide selection of cocktails, wine and beer to spruce up the celebration.
With a plethora of spreads and flat breads, The National is an ideal place to host a bridal lunch. Their menu includes a vast diversity of food choices from goat cheese with honey and stuffed Medjool dates to chocolate sponge cake. If you are looking for a larger meal, the National also has different pizzettes and entrees to fuel your fancy. To finish the day on a sweet note, the National also has a range of Gelatos and Cake to add even more flavor to the big day.
Last but not least, Chucks Fish will fulfill all of your needs from sashimi to blondies and everything in between. Known for their extensive sushi bar and unique entrée ordeals, Chucks is the perfect place to add some ocean flare to your bridal lunch. Some highlights on the menu include the kimchi brussel sprouts and the UGA inspired sushi rolls such as the GO DAWGS that is filled with yellowtail, green onion, spicy sauce and topped with tuna.
Whether you choose to dine at one of these delectable locations or somewhere else in the Athens area, you cannot go wrong when it comes to picking a lunch spot for before your big day.
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