It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for. Recaps… commence!
We woke up bright and early the day before the wedding to fight over bathrooms (6 girls in a condo with 2 bathrooms!) while getting ready for the bridesmaids’ tea party I had organized.
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been fascinated by tea parties. My curiosity peaked when I read the classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
So it was only natural that I treated my girls to a tea party before the wedding! I sent out invites requesting that everyone dress up in “their best frocks and floppy hats”.
I made reservations with the awesome staff at Savannah Tea Room. They let me make a custom brunch menu with no items over a certain price point (’cause I was hella broke but still wanted to foot the bill for my lovely ladies).
When we arrived, we had a room all to ourselves and decided to take a couple group shots.
While I’m showing off photos of my gals, let me take a moment to talk about two very special ladies in my life.
My mother-in-law Denise:
Simply put, without her this wedding would not have happened. She graciously opened up her checkbook and helped make up for our financial shortcomings. Although we had what most would consider a “budget” wedding, it was still too much for my mother and me to handle. She made sure all the necessary vendors had their final head counts and took care of all the big-ticket items (including our last minute hire of a cinematographer). I cannot wait to get my tax refund and proudly hand her a check for “loaning” us extra money to make sure our wedding was a reality. Not to mention, I can now officially say I have the best MIL in the world!
My mother Leslie:
Although she spent a lot of the wedding day stressing out loud, which got me worked up a bit, she was stressing about making sure my family was on their best behavior. The Labrador family is known as a rowdy bunch that butt heads quite often at family functions. Thankfully she was able to keep them under control (for the most part—more on the exceptions later). I wish I could go back and spend a few more quiet moments with my mother on my wedding day. I know she didn’t get to fully enjoy being the mother of the bride and that makes me really sad.
Okay, back from the timeout! After the mini photo shoot, we ordered our meals and were very surprised when the food came to the table.
All of the food looked amazing and tasted just as good. And the portions were great considering how inexpensive it all was!
Some girls ordered quiche (no, not that kind of Quiche!):
And in addition to our tea (duh, this was a TEA party!), everyone had a plate of desserts:
And our waiter brought me a special treat for being the bride!
All of that yummy food for everyone (8 people) for only $168 total (beverages, tax, & tip included). I’m not gonna lie, I literally breathed a sigh of relief when the check came because I didn’t know if I’d have enough in my bank account to cover it! I’m VERY happy about my decision to go to Savannah Tea Room!
After we finished eating, it was time for my girls to open up their bridesmaids’ gifts! I forgot to take photos of this part so I’ll have to substitute that with photos of what I got them.
I started off by giving all the girls a gift bag that contained a monogram clutch in our wedding colors:
And inside the clutches, they found some wedding day jewelry:
I got myself a pair of the same earrings and the same necklace. In fact, I wore the necklace to the tea party and all the girls were complimenting me on it before they found out they were each getting one, too!
The last part of the gift was something I use all the time and think every girl should own. A purse hook! Theirs looked just like this one but in fuchsia!
I also gifted our moms a purse hook. But they also received a couple special gifts from Mr. Lab and I that I’ll have to tell you about later!
The total cost of the bridesmaids’ gifts was $23.96 each! Not too shabby! 🙂
Before we left, we made sure to get some more shots of everyone at the table.
My tea party was truly enjoyable and a great start to the wedding festivities. There were a few annoying text messages during the brunch, but I’ll have to tell you what they were and who they were from a little later.
Will you throw a bridesmaids’ party before the big day?