How to Throw the Perfect Bachelorette Party
A bachelorette party is the ultimate pre-wedding celebration for the bride-to-be and her closest friends. It’s a time to let loose, have fun, and create lasting memories before her big day. If you're tasked with organising a bachelorette party, here are some tips to help you throw the perfect celebration and make it a weekend to remember.
Start Planning Early
Bachelorette parties can be complicated to plan, especially if there are going to be lots of guests, so it's important to start early. Give yourself and the guests plenty of time to coordinate schedules and make travel arrangements, especially if you plan on having a bachelorette party abroad. Arrange with the bride-to-be her preferred date, as her schedule will only get busier as the wedding day approaches.
Get Input from the Bride-to-Be
Ask the Bride-to-be what she wants for her bachelorette party. This will help you get a feel for her interests and preferences, and ensure that the celebration is tailored to her style. Some brides want a casual, laid-back affair with just her closest friends. Others want a big, blow-out party that’s a raucous celebration so it’s important to know what exactly your bride expects from the bachelorette party. You will also need to find out who she wants to invite and get their contact info. Set up a Whatsapp group with all the attendees so you can easily coordinate and discuss dates, schedules and travel plans.
Set a Budget
Once you’ve decided on a date, it’s time to set a budget. Bachelorette parties can get expensive. Determine how much you can afford to spend, and stick to it. This will help you avoid overspending and ensure that everyone has a good time without breaking the bank. Let guests know early on if you plan on going abroad, as this will add on additional costs such as flights and travel insurance.
Choose a Destination
From city escapes to beach trips, bachelorette parties can take place anywhere. Choose a destination that appeals to the bride-to-be and her bridesmaids. Are you going into the mountains for wine and pines? Or are you heading to the beaches of Miami for all the pool parties? Bear in mind your agreed budget as some places will be much pricier than others.
Bachelorette parties are all about having fun, so it's important to plan some unique activities to make the weekend special. Consider spa days, wine tastings, cooking classes, cocktail making, dance lessons or anything that gets everyone together having a fun time.
Once you've chosen a destination and your activities, it’s time to make reservations for accommodations, activities, and dining. This will ensure that everyone has a place to stay and things to do while they're there. We cannot stress the importance of booking activities and restaurants early, especially in popular bachelorette destinations and even more so if you have a large group. Finalise your itinerary so you know exactly what you need to book and when.
If you're planning a bachelorette party in a different city or even country, it's important to organize transportation. Whether it's renting a van, hiring a bus, or booking flights, make sure that everyone can get to and from the destination. If guests are travelling from the same area, they may be able to car share. If flying, ensure you make everyone’s booking at the same time so that you are all arriving and leaving together!
Send out Invitations & itineraries
Get everyone excited for the party and send out official invites and itineraries to the guests. A bachelorette party itinerary will help ensure that everyone stays on track and has a good time. Make sure to include downtime, so everyone can relax and recharge. The itinerary shows guests exactly what to expect from the weekend, what clothes to bring and how they can expect to budget. If they still have an outstanding amount to pay, you can let them know here.
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Choose & Print your favourite Bachelorette party games
While you’re having pre-drinks or celebrating indoors, you’ll want some quick, fun and easy bachelorette games that keep everyone’s spirits high. Printable party games are a great way to break the ice, get everyone chatting and laughing and just having a fun time together. This editable 40 games bundle has everything you need for any kind of bachelorette party - from classics such as Do you Know the Bride, to dirty X-rated games like Cock or What and Dirty Minds.
Don't forget the Bride-to-Be's Comfort
Finally, make sure to consider the bride-to-be's comfort. This includes everything from her accommodations to her attire. Many Bachelorette’s are free for the bride and most of the weekend should be a surprise to her - including the guests! Have special flowers in her room for when she arrives and any other little touches that make her feel extra special - it is her big day with her best girlfriends, after all.
Throwing a bachelorette party takes time and effort, but with these tips, you can ensure that the bride-to-be and her guests have a wonderful time. So get planning, and have fun!