So she’s got the ring…now it’s time for the last fling! Planning a Bachelorette party can be stressful, but think about it this way…the bride enlisted YOU as her most-trusted pal to plan the night of her dreams. We’re here to help you make the process as enjoyable as possible. We’re giving you our 8 tips to planning the perfect party!
1. Get Organized!
As we all know, planning a Bachelorette party seems like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many small details you’ll need to keep track of, and the best way to keep yourself sane is by staying organized. Break out your colored pens and highlighters, buy yourself a new notebook or planner, and print out this Bachelorette Party Template we’ve created for you! Apps such as PartyPlanner or My Party Planner are excellent tools to utilize as well.
2. It’s all about the Bride
Yes, there are other people attending. Yes, it would be super cool to celebrate at the new escape room you’ve been dying to try. But remember — this celebration is about the bride! Do your best to envision the event how she would. Make sure to ask specific questions to clarify what she wants and what she doesn’t want. Whether it be a country concert, a weekend getaway or a night out on the town, make sure to tailor the experience around her.
3. Have the “money talk”
Ah, yes, the dreaded conversation. Let’s face it, nobody loves to talk about money, but establishing how much each person is willing to spend right off the bat will save you ions of time. Talk with each attendee one-on-one about their budget to make everyone as comfortable as possible. You can try your best to accommodate, but know that it’s near impossible to please everyone. If someone is unable to pay the price you’ve decided is most reasonable, advise them to plan a date with the bride or take her out to dinner instead!
4. Decide what vibe you’re going for
A night out or a weekend celebration? Let this be the first decision you make. (With the bride’s preferences spearheading your decision, of course!) Once you have this figured out, it’ll make it easier to narrow down your options for the festivities. Think about it…you’d obviously be able to rule out the idea of a weekend in Vegas if you’ll only be spending the day celebrating. Aside from setting the date, this is one of the most important components of planning a successful Bachelorette party.
5. Set the date 3-5 months in advance
If your bride wants to lock down the hottest spot in town for her special weekend, you’re going to need to set a date months in advance. Don’t forget about your guests, either — calendars fill up quickly, especially during the spring and summer months. Choosing a date early will not only make it easier on your guests, but will save you tons of stress. Send out a “save the date” text immediately after choosing, then send out an e-vite or mail out invitations designed with a local vendor 4-6 weeks prior to the big celebration if you’re feeling fancy!
6. Don’t overbook
Let’s face it — it’s easy to get carried away and create a mile-long itinerary for your girls. You might be worried that you won’t have enough to do, but chances are you’ve planned more than enough! Keep in mind that enjoying eachother’s company is the most important thing on the agenda. There are people who have traveled near and far to attend, and the bride will want to spend time relishing in the little moments with every person attending. Oh, and don’t forget — photo-ops take up time, too!
7. Show up on Social Media
Let’s face it, Social Media plays a pretty big role in our lives today. Most people attending the party will want to post something about it, so consider creating a hashtag for the event such as #LastFlingBeforeTheRing or #ByeByeBachelorette so the photos end up in one place. Setting up photo booths/props at the first location of your event could also be a fun way to document the celebration. Coordinate outfits, too, if that’s something the bride would want!
8. Don’t forget to have fun
Congratulations! You’ve finished all the planning. All that’s left to do is…oh, wait…put on the whole event. The good news is, the toughest part is over! Finances have been collected, bookings made and logistics sorted out. Though you will be the one making sure everything runs smoothly at the party, don’t forget you’re allowed to enjoy it, too! Don’t worry too much about making everything perfect, because nothing ever really goes exactly as planned. Step back, pour yourself a glass of champagne and remind yourself that none of this would be possible without you!