How to Throw the Perfect Bachelorette Party
Walking down the aisle and finally tying the knot is surely the most highly anticipated part of the wedding process, but let's be honest - the bachelorette party is pretty high on that list too! Having the bride get together with her favorite girls to celebrate her upcoming nuptials is definitely a time to look forward to. However, as fun as you know it will be, it can very stressful to plan, and as Made of Honor, you want to do an amazing job. Below are some tips on ensuring that you create a fun, exciting, memorable and stress-free bachelorette party!
This may seem obvious, but you need to spend some time a few months before (three months is good) brainstorming the event. Thinking the bride will like a trip to Vegas? Relaxing cabin weekend by the lake? Or simply just a great night on the town? Figure out what she'd like best, but keep in mind guest logistics - if you're inviting girls who live out of town or have kids, etc. you should take that in to consideration. You don't want to plan the perfect weekend away and have no one show up!
Know your Budget
Figuring out the cost and who will spend what is key, especially in the beginning phases. It is standard to split the event among you and the other guests. However, if your bride wants a more elaborate event - like a weekend at the spa - it is reasonable to have the bride chip in.
Balance Out Activities
The bachelorette party as a group of girls out partying is cliche for a reason - it's fun and usually a foolproof activity for the occasion. However, don't just plan to party. It is best to have a variety of events or activities for the bachelorette party that involve something relaxing (like mani-pedis or massages) and something more high voltage. Of course you know the bride, so if she is set on going out only or just staying in, do that! Remember, it is a party for her.
...But Don't Overbook
You should have a few ideas prepared and ready to go, but don't try to plan too many activities. Some might take longer than expected, and things happen. Remember, this is a time to have the bride get together with her closest circle and spend quality time together. Nothing should feel tiring or rushed.
Talk to the Groom
You will win the 'Best Maid of Honor Ever' award if you talk to the groom before hand and plan to have him send something over during the Bachelorette Party - flowers and a sweet note works great, but he of course might have some other ideas. This is a heartfelt touch that will make the bride even more excited for the wedding.
Organize Organize Organize
Create a document with times, places, notes, reservations, guest lists, addresses, contact info- anything that guests should know about before the event. Make sure to reach out to every single person invited and that you hear from them. You are planning the event, but keeping the guests in the loop is necessary for a good planning process.