Start to Finish: A Bachelorette Party Planning Guide Pt. 2
The purpose of having a bachelorette party is to honor your single life, spend time with your closest friends, and have a lot of fun. But, it is also a time for you to get away from the entire wedding planning shenanigans and to relax, completely without getting distracted
This is all about relaxation—perfect for the overworked bride or for some morning-after-a-night-out recuperation. Not every bachelorette party involves men in thongs, shot glasses worn around the neck, although, not every bride’s dream party is a demure tea party either.
Once you settle on a location for the party, start the planning process by flat out asking the bride what is on her must-have and off-limits list. You can now plan further, and make things in order as soon as possible.
So, what are we waiting for, resume yesterday's blog on how to plan a bachelorette party.
Step 6 - Order Props, Decor, and Necessities
As we are getting closer, now is the time to gather the small details and make a list of everything you need or want to make your party from good to the best!
Silly or cute bachelorette party decorations, dining essentials like cups and plates, personal details (like a pic collage of your bride and her partner!), banners, custom sweats/PJs/swimsuits—you get the idea.
Remember, do not waste your money on buying, try not to go overboard even if it is fun! You can ask for help from bridesmaids during this part of planning the bachelorette party, and find out if you can ship your orders directly to your hotel or homestay so you don’t have to lug it in your carry on.
Step 7 - Involve the Fiancé
This is an easy step when it comes to how to plan a bachelorette party, but a mandatory one. Now’s the time to reach out to your bride’s soon-to-be spouse and see how they wish to be involved.
Ask them what would they like to do. Do they want to send flowers to the hotel? Or pick up the bar tab one night? Or even show up to the party for a quick dance. If you’re the bride, task your Made Of Honour or a bridesmaid with this endeavor, so you can be surprised! And if you’re a Made Of Honour or 'maid, do what you can to help.
Step 8 - Get There Early
If it’s almost time for the bachelorette brigade to take off, it’s officially take off time for you, planner extraordinaire! Make plans to get to your location at least a half-day, if not the full day, earlier than your gang.
Bring reinforcements with you if needed and get everything out of the way ahead of time so you can enjoy the party with the rest of the crew once they get there.
Not only is this extra time essential for checking out all of the final details, but it’s also essential for your sanity—you’ve likely been planning this event for months and you deserve a few hours of time to decompress and zen out before it’s time to pull everything off!
Also, if it’s you and the bride (or you’re the bride and you get there early with your MOH), those few extra hours of girl time can be so special.
Step 9: Stay on Top of Things and Go with the Flow
The gang has arrived, the champagne is pouring, the giggles are abundant—congrats, your party is in full swing. Now your only job is to stay on top of your itinerary and ensure you’re making every engagement on time, safely, and with everyone in tow.
If everyone’s had their itineraries for a while, this shouldn’t be too hard—but don’t be shy to crack the whip a little if it feels like you’re herding cats.
Hopefully, your big gang will see how much work you’ve put into this weekend and will make your job easy, but in the off chance things get complicated, it’s also important to go with the flow and pick your battles.
Missing a brunch reservation because everyone’s super-exhausted from last night isn’t a loss—and can be less stressful than making everyone attend when they don’t feel up to it. Just go with the flow and remember all you’ve done to get to this point.
Step 10: Have Fun and Make Memories
So, finally, everything is set, and it's happening. Getting caught up in figuring out how to plan a bachelorette party weekend and making sure your bride has the best time of her life can make it easy to put yourself at the bottom of the priority list, but remember, you’re a guest, too, and you’re your bride’s bestie, and you deserve to kick back and have as much fun at this party as the next gal!
So, if you’re in the kitchen doing dishes while everyone else is playing a game, or if you’re stressed to the max about the Thai delivery not showing up yet, you don't need to do this.
In fact, you should rather be having fun and making memories, because this is a once-in-a-lifetime weekend and You deserve it.