Essential tips for organising a successful bachelorette party
Planning a bachelorette party is a big task that will complete the whole pre-wedding experience for the bride-to-be. This is why being put in charge of such an event is rather important. The main thing you have to remember is to always take into consideration what the future bride wants. The movies would perhaps make you think about men dancing in thongs and similar, but, in actuality, this is far from the popular choice for bachelorette parties. That said, consider the following when planning the event.
1. Discuss essentials with the bride
Unless you’re throwing a surprise bachelorette party, it’s paramount that you ask the bride-to-be about the basic do’s and don’ts, as well as some other details. For starts, you have to make sure whether the bride wants something more specific, with a theme, a night out, or a casual night at home with friends. Once this is established, discuss the best options for the date. A weekend that’s about a month away from the wedding should be the perfect choice. Finally, you should get on with planning a guest list. Obviously, if you can’t talk about these things to the bride as the party is supposed to be a surprise, do your best to arrange things with the bride’s personality and schedule in mind. Don’t hesitate to talk to her other friends and relatives – even her future spouse if necessary.
2. Plan the budget accordingly
You only have to get the essentials from the bride. The rest of the planning is up to you and her closest girl group. Therefore, all of you will be splitting the cost as the bride usually doesn’t pay for anything on her own party. With that in mind, choose the place for the party carefully. This means that you should pay close attention to the menu and drinks. Also, take into account any additional elements of surprise you’d want to prepare. After all, there are plenty of possibilities such as a cake, champagne, a surprise weekend trip, a concert, a stripper, fireworks, musicians for your private party, and so on.
3. Deal with party activities
Both you and other bridesmaids should discuss the main party activities and the timeline for everything based on the location and theme you’ve previously chosen. Take into account the age and preferences of everyone that should be present at the party when planning the activities. Moreover, make sure that there are different food and drink options regarding every diet and common allergies. In general, it’s always best to have the whole range of possibilities, from fruit juices and salads to fun gin cocktails and baked meatballs. In the end, you can make both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails in the comfort of one’s home if that’s the party location.
4. Book the necessary services
It’s of utmost significance that you book all the services for the party at least a month prior, and then check and confirm everything twice before the actual date – two weeks and a couple of days before the party. This includes restaurant reservation, music, catering, transportation, and every other service provider that you believe you need to hire in order to make this bachelorette party a success.
5. Get the appropriate bachelorette trinkets and decorations
If you have the time, you and other bridesmaids can make the decorative bits and pieces on your own. Though, you can also buy these as well. There are plenty of options out there and your choice will largely depend on the theme of the party – if there is one, of course. In addition, you will need to consider the number of guests as well as the level of extravagancy the bride would prefer when striking bachelorette party pieces are concerned. After all, some brides-to-be are more than happy with just a veil for their bachelorette party, while others love dressing up in the whole get-up which is usually a fancy dress that resembles a wedding gown a bit.
In order to make this party a complete success, you need to be on top of things all the time. To this end, keep a checklist and use reminders. Most importantly, you need to know who’s coming to the party. This is why you will need to confirm the arrival with the invitees before taking bigger steps in the organisation process.