If everything goes according to plan, a bomb bachelorette party is the last – and most memorable – soiree of your friend’s life as a single woman. She’s going to remember this night for the rest of her life.
Sure, that’s a ton of pressure when you’re the one doing the planning. You don’t exactly want a fizzle of a shindig. Then again, you also don’t want it to be so wild that it destroys relationships. Luckily, it’s easy to make this bachelorette party something everyone will love – especially the bride! We’ve compiled some helpful planning tips to get you started.
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1. Plan Ahead
Never wait until the last minute to plan a bachelorette party. Unless the bride and groom are eloping, you should have ample time to get everything in order. Once you have a guest list, start talking to all of the ladies at least three months ahead of time to find a night (or weekend) that works for everyone.
2. Speaking of the Guest List…
Kids and grandmas have no place at a bachelorette party. Leave those guests for the bridal shower. Instead, keep the bachelorette festivities to her closest friends. We suggest asking the bride for her must-haves. It’s best to keep the bachelorette to around a dozen ladies or less.
3. Make it About the Bride
Some women are partiers who would love going for a bachelorette pub crawl. Others would rather enjoy a relaxing spa weekend. If your bride prefers tea and finger sandwiches to going out and taking shots, listen to her. This isn’t about the bridesmaids, it’s about the bride! Pick activities that she’ll love. If you’re not sure, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
4. Go Big…Or Stay Home
Once everyone starts talking bachelorette party ideas, things can get out of control. Trips to Las Vegas, fancy dinners or cruises will inevitably end up on the list of possibilities. Before you pick, consider the budgets and time constraints of everyone on the guest list. It’s important to choose events and locations that everyone can afford.
Just because you can’t have a destination bachelorette party doesn’t mean it won’t be amazing! Save money by drinking at home before heading to the club. These bachelorette shot glasses will make it special.
5. Dress the Part
What’s a great way to turn this get-together into a memorable event? Institute a fun dress code. Ask the ladies to wear pink or pearls. Go funny with silly hats or fake beards. You could even have a themed party like Golden Girls or a Hawaiian luau. If you’re headed for a night on the town, wear buttons so everyone you meet knows exactly who is the bride, maid of honor and bridesmaids. Get ready for some hilarious and amazing photos.
6. Play Games
Games are important, too! For instance, you could ask the groom some personal relationship questions in the weeks before the party. “What did you think when you first met her?” “When were you sure you wanted to marry her?” During the party, ask the bride what she thought he answered for some fun and laughs.
A night on the town could warrant a hilarious scavenger hunt. A spa day could have a selfie contest where the most incriminating picture posted to social media wins. At home, set up a photo booth with fun props to make this night unforgettable.