Being a bridesmaid is a lot. You have to pay a lot of money to be there, and then once you’re there you have to look a certain way, act a certain way, and be the best possible emotional support you can be for the bride and/or groom (no matter how hot it is outside). Let’s face it—even if you really like your soon-to-be wedded friendos, being in a wedding party is DRAINING. Which is why it is of the utmost importance (listen up, couples who are planning weddings right now) to give your bridesmaids the BEST bridal suite snacks. I’m talkin’ healthy, unhealthy, drinkable, everything – the only rule is that it cannot possibly have the ability to ruin a wedding dress (sorry, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos). So without further ado, here is our list of top bridal suite snacks. (If you’re also planning the bachelorette party, we have snack ideas for that, too.)
- Grapefruit Bubbly
First of all, sparkling water is clear, which, as bridal suite drinks go, is a MUST. No dresses shall be ruined on this, the day of your friend’s wedding. But not only is Grapefruit Bubly clear, it’s actually so deliciously refreshing. Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling described it as tasting like “a seltzer water with a generous squeeze of grapefruit juice,” and she even called it “better than La Croix Pamplemousse,” and I happen to agree with her—come at me, internet.
Related: Best Bubly Flavors, Ranked
- Celery and Whole Foods 365 Roasted Garlic Hummus
Sometimes there are people in the bridal suite who just want something to munch on all day that will taste good but will not leave them feeling all full and bloaty before the ceremony. Well, hummus and celery have entered the bridal suite snacks chat, and they are here for a reason, baybee. Not only is this a fantastic and refreshing healthy combo, this hummus is simply the best hummus on the market right now. It is “thick, not watery, and it’s got a nice balance of sesame flavor and lemon,” as well as a good amount of roasted (not raw) garlic flavor. Just make sure you have some gum and mints for the bride-to-be so that she doesn’t end up with an exceedingly garlicky wedding kiss.
- Ruffles Original Baked
I know, I know. Why not opt for full-fat Ruffles? It’s a wedding day for cryin’ out loud! But hear me out: these potato chips don’t have grease. The bride could eat some of these and then absentmindedly wipe her hands on her dress while daydreaming about her spouse to be, and still do very minimal damage. Plus, these things actually would make great little bridal treats, with the ruffled texture giving them an excellent crunch and the baked chippy-ness of it all giving them a salty, delicious, Pringle-like flavor.
- Sour Skittles
A bowl of sour candy is a MUST when it comes to bridal suite snacks. Chocolate is off the table (too much potential for a mishap followed by an emotional meltdown), so you have to have an alternative that is just as fun to eat flavor-wise, but much less likely to leave the bride with brown stains all over the dress to which she said yes. Sporked managing editor Gwynedd Stuart described them as having “face-slapping sourness,” and “that classic Skittles crunch we love,” and who doesn’t need more to love on a wedding day? Nobody, that’s who. Nobody doesn’t need more to love. Or, put in a coherent way, everybody does need Sour Skittles.
- Newman’s Own Lemonade
Eyyyy whaddaya know, we’ve moved back to bridal suite drinks. Why lemonade? Because it is sweet, refreshing, delicious, and NOT A BRIGHT COLOR THAT WOULD OBVIOUSLY STAIN IF SPILLED (see the theme here?). Plus, Newman absolutely owned the lemonade competish in our taste test, blowin’ other brands out of the water with his zingy, almost fresh squeezed-tasting lemonade that Justine said is “extremely refreshing and keeps you coming back for more.” As they say nowhere but my fevered, late-night brain: Badda Zing Badda Boom, put this lemonade in your bridal room.
- Snyder’s of Hanover Snaps
Lastly, pretzels. The ultimate non-greasy, non-staining, salty snack. But don’t let the word “non-greasy” put you off of these Snyder’s Snaps, because they taste positively buttery. Contributor Danny Palumbo praised them for being the kind of pretzels you don’t get sick of after two minutes because they’re “properly salted, crunchy but not dry, and easy to eat.” What more could you want in your bridal suite? Wow, I didn’t actually intend for that to rhyme—maybe I should end paragraphs like that every time?
Related: Best Pretzels: An Updated Ranking!