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Nab Inspiration and Ideas from My Bridesmaid Brunch!

I don’t know about you, but my side of the wedding party comes from multiple areas of my life: high school, college, New York, work …

In an effort for several members of the party to meet each other and hopefully bond, I hosted a brunch in my apartment (and since my Chicago-based bridesman wasn’t able to attend, I can technically call it a bridesmaid brunch). I also wanted to take the opportunity to showcase some decor ideas for pre-wedding events — or even the wedding itself! — that are budget-friendly.

And I’m so grateful that the talented photographer Amber Gresswas there to capture it, not just for all of the fun bridesmaid brunch details but so I can always look back on these special moments, long after my wedding festivities have come to a close. It was such a fun day and I hope you can draw inspiration or ideas for your own brunches, showers and more, such as my DIY flower wallfruit-filled tablescape or floral ice bucket.

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Our menu was comprised of mini French toasts complete with maple syrup dip, baked eggs in avocado sprinkled with bacon, a bagel bar (New Yorkers, duh) with a medley of spreads, mini strawberry shortcakes and, my personal favorite, a DIY mimosa bar with a variety of juices and berries to choose from.

The florals from the linens and plates paired nicely with my industrial bar cart (thrift store find) and zinc dining table. I also tied in the metallic vibe with a small bow made of copper wire for the napkin ring — cheap and a nice contrast to the flowery design.

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For the bagel bar, I turned a jewelry stand into a bagel holder and again balanced out the hardy steel metal with dainty bowls and vintage trays.

For our bubbly, I created a floral ice bucket made of actual ice and my maid-of-honor Krista and I created the floating flower wall for the backdrop. (I’ll be posting full tutorials for both of these projects next week — stay tuned!)

Because flowers are so expensive, particularly in the colder months, I incorporated fruits and vegetables into the tablescape design. Heirloom tomatoes, clementines, grapes and oranges kept it from feeling overly femme and added beautiful texture to the leafy greens. I kept it simple with plain glass serveware so the brilliant pops of color from the fruits and veggies could shine through.

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Have you (or your wedding party) hosted any fun brunches? Share your ideas in the comments below!

brittny-drye-love-incBrittny Drye is the founder and editor-in-chief of Love Inc. magazine. A fierce cheerleader for marriage equality, she launched loveincmag.com in 2013 as a way to to celebrate both straight and same-sex love, equally. She lives in New York City with her fiancé and their cat, Scout.