Are you ready Maid of Honor? It’s your time to put your thinking cap on and start planning the bride’s bachelorette party. Because the ultimate objective is to give the bride a fun and memorable night, you should make sure all factors in the party planning process are taken into consideration.
Deciding what and how to proceed with such a task can be made easy if you follow the correct procedures.
1. Find Out What The Bride Wants—Location, Theme, And Guest List
The first step in planning any occasion for the Bride is to ask the Bride what she wants (and doesn’t want). The Bride should tell you where she wants the party to be and she should provide a guest list, complete with contact information. Try to find two or three potential dates that would work for the bride.
2. Decide On A Date For The Event
Make sure to include the girls in the wedding party in this decision. The Bride has given your potential dates but the she should not be involved in any further decision making.
3. Discuss Budget With The Wedding Party Ahead Of Time
Everyone will be contributing, so make sure everyone is happy with what they will have to pay. Include all costs involved during the entire event, including travel, food and cover charges. Remember to divide up the Bride’s portion between guests so that she doesn’t have to pay for anything. Know you need a budget for the bachelorette but not sure where to even start? I’ve broken down the estimated cost of a bachelorette in The Maritimes here.
4. Come Up With A Creative Bachelorette Party Idea
When you hear the words “Bachelorette Party” many things come to mind: penis straws, lots of drinking, strippers. But a Bachelorette party doesn’t have to fit that stereotypical image. There are many fabulous alternatives to the drink guzzling parties that are equally, maybe even better than that. Click here to learn more about fun Bachelorette party ideas.
5. Book Accommodations And Events
Now that you have a firm headcount, you can book that hotel or vacation rental or set up that wine-tasting session or pole-dancing class.
6. Figure Out The Food
Your weekend will undoubtedly include a good bit of eating and drinking. You basically have three options when it comes to food: home cooking, catering or restaurants. Home cooking is the most low maintenance and perfect if you’re renting a house or staying with a friend. It brings the whole group together and lowers the cost considerably. Hiring a catering company to do all the work is amazing! You can hire them to prepare your meal while onboard a tall ship or prepare a fantastic meal at someone’s home. Let them do all the prep and maybe they can even do the dishes! Restaurants are a great option as well but don’t forget to make your reservation in advance.
7. Plan Your Transportation Options
How are you planning to get around the city? Do you have designated drivers? Do you want to hire a limo or party bus for the night? Decide what works best for your destination and group.
If you are having the bash at someone’s home or a hotel decorating will be fairly easy for you. Just pick up a few supplies at a party supply store and provide the Bride with a few things to wear on her night out (a veil, crown, sash). Looking for classy bachelorette decor ideas? Click here!
9. Plan Party Games
You can have as few or as many party games as you like, but you might as well throw in one or two. The easiest is the Fiancé quiz, but if you want to be more ambitious, you can throw in a bar scavenger hunt, play Most Likely To or just pull out some good old-fashioned drinking games. Just keep your group of girls in mind when planning the games as some people may not appreciate scandalous games.
10. Ask Guests To Pay You Ahead Of Time In Cash For All Expenses
You can then pay for everything the night of the party to alleviate confusion of dividing up checks.
Planning a Bachelorette party can be stressful. There are usually high expectations for everyone to have a blast. What other steps should we keep in mind when planning Bachelorette parties? Leave your comment below!
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