You guys, I’m depressed. I can’t deal with this shit anymore. But there was a slight bright light this weekend and that was throwing a virtual bridal brunch for my sister. As you can see, it took me 4 full days to recover because I haven’t written a post since then.
I’ll begin by saying that I didn’t WANT to have a virtual bridal brunch. WHO EVEN WANTS TO HAVE A VIRTUAL ANYTHING?! WHAT IS OUR LIFE?! But we had to have a virtual bridal bunch because the world demanded it of us.
I just don’t want you to think that I feel all sunshine-y about this BECAUSE I DON’T. I AM SAD MY LITTLE SIS DID NOT GET THE REAL LIFE, IN-PERSON BRIDAL BRUNCH SHE DESERVED BUT DIDN’T REALLY WANT. PLZ ALLOW ME TO GRIEVE AND MOURN THX.
Okay now I’ll tell you about the virtual bridal brunch.
Hey cute check out this invite we sent out for my sister’s bridal brunch:
Oh, also cute, check out this sad as hell postcard we had to send a few weeks later:
The postcard itself is beautifully designed by me. It’s the sentiment that’s sad. I still hate looking at it right now.
Online invitation companies have A SHIT TON of templates for rescheduling things. I got the original invites from Zazzle, so I got the “WE’VE GONE VIRTUAL!” postcards from there as well. They really have a ton of options, you’ll be fine.
EVERYTHING IS FINE.
the guests, as in getting the guests there.
To corral the guests I included my email on the postcard and said, “Email me for the link!” It was tough to say if people would actually understand this. I know all of us over here in our large Northeastern city, working from home ivory tower think that everyone knows how to use Zoom…BUT THEY DON’T. There were grandmas! Multiple grandmas!
Almost everyone got back to me and I sent them the Zoom link with some simple instructions and suggestions. My helpful AF cousin also volunteered to help our Grandma in person! They were safely socially distancing DO NOT WORRY.
the simple instructions and suggestions.
Were you wondering what these were? I basically just told them where to download the Zoom app and some tips on using it.
The guests were told they could dress up! Like they were really actually going somewhere! Anything to feel like life has purpose again!
I also let them know I would be drinking (a bottle of) Prosecco (to the face) and recommended that they include some of their fav beverage as well. It didn’t have to be alcohol. We allow all kinds at our virtual bridal brunch, my friends.
Since it was a brunch, food was also going to be served in real life and I suggested the guests serve their own faces in this virtual situation. I made these two things and they were both flame emoji:
My sister was told we were having a “family Zoom” so she should keep 1pm on Sunday open. In case she had something else she was planning on doing.
Who am I kidding THERE IS LITERALLY NOTHING ELSE TO DO.
Her fiance revealed the bridal brunch concept to her right before it happened so he could hang up some decorations! Local pals and my mom and my sister’s fiance’s mom dropped off some gifts and treats for her that were revealed throughout the party.
Both my sister and I are not big fans of games. Like at all. But something needed to be done, instead of just staring at each other on Zoom, or the party would have lasted for 10 awkward minutes only. So the party had to have a SCHEDULE and a STRUCTURE and that agenda involved games.
The first game was “go around and everyone tell everyone else how you know my sister and maybe a funny story about her.” I guess that’s not really a game, more of an icebreaker. But I liked it! I think others did too.
Next up was a game I found a template for online. It was the traditional “bingo” type of game that you’d usually sit at your little table at the shower and fill out. Except this version LIVES ON THE INTERNET. It’s a list of stuff people could possibly have in their phones. I shared the template with everyone and they filled in their own column. Reminder to give everyone “Edit” access to the Google Doc! The template also added up the points! Something I could never do.
The winners were a tie and I sent them each a $15 Target gift card because Target is god.
Before the virtual bridal brunch, I sent my future bro in law a list of random “Newlywed Game” questions and it was fun to hear my sister’s answers for them. She got a lot right!
Last game, when everyone was pretty drunk, or at least I was, we played Truth or Dare. My mom sent me these little cards. I had to fill them out with truths and dares and put the little scratch off stickers over them. I had no idea for any appropriate truths and dares so I googled it and found some great stuff. I honestly was dreading this because I felt like it was too silly and people would be annoyed but it seemed like everyone was having fun so it counts as a win.
Overall, I feel proud about how the virtual bridal brunch turned out. I think my sister enjoyed it, and I think the guests enjoyed it. That’s all I can ask for. I have never hosted a bridal brunch, and NO ONE IN THE HISTORY OF TIME has ever hosted a virtual bridal brunch.
Until me. You’re welcome.