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How to Plan a Bachelorette Party

All you need to know about the bride’s last hurrah.

Whether it’s a night on the town, a weekend in wine country, or a day at the spa, all bachelorette parties have one thing in common: They’re a wonderful way for the bride to spend some QT with her nearest and dearest. But with so many options on where to go and what to do, it can feel like an overwhelming task to put together the perfect outing. We’ve outlined six easy steps for how to plan a bachelorette party, so all the bride needs to do is relax and enjoy the time with her best buds.

Pick a planner

Traditionally, the maid of honor plans the bachelorette fiesta, but this is not a hard and fast rule. Perhaps the MOH lives far away from the rest of the bridal party, or she’s in the middle of a super-intense graduate program, or maybe event planning is just not her forte. If the maid of honor isn’t up to the task, another bridesmaid or close friend can certainly step in. We’ve even heard of instances where the bride plans her own bachelorette party—sometimes a lady knows exactly what she wants, and we salute that. In short: When it comes to who coordinates the Big Night Out, pretty much anything goes.

Chat with the bride

Before getting into the nitty-gritty, take a moment to sit down with the bride and ask about her preferences. After all, the party is for her, and there’s no sense in throwing her a rager at a strip club if she’s envisioning a peaceful hike through the woods with her closest pals. Ideally, the bride should decide on the guest list, whether the event is local or destination, and the general vibe of the soiree.

Figure out the finances

Talking about money can be, well, awkward, but when it comes to bachelorette parties, it’s a necessary evil. We recommend polling a few of the bride’s most important guests to get a sense of their budgets, and then planning a party that takes into account the smallest budget in the group. Once you establish a budget, it’s a good idea to be clear about financial expectations—how much everyone owes, what their contribution includes, and when it is due. Everyone will have more fun if they’re not stressed about money, and if everyone’s living it up, the bride will be happy too!

Dive into the details

Now for the fun part! As the Esteemed Party Planner, you get to decide on all the details. Make sure to take care of big to-dos, like making reservations, arranging transportation, and securing lodging at least two months in advance. You can also send out a save the date email around this time. Once that’s locked down, you can start thinking about the smaller stuff, like decorations and games.

Decorate & Play

The only rule of decorating for a bachelorette party is…just kidding, there are no rules! As long as you take into account the comfort level of the bride, feel free to go crazy here. Pick a theme or a color scheme, dress up in matching outfits, crown the bride with a flashy veil, and supply props for photo ops. If the bride is into games, you can dream up a few organized activities to get the guests laughing. And as a final gesture, we like to put together a small thank-you gift for each guest. This can be something as simple as a wine glass or a canvas bag. No need to break the bank—it’s the thought that counts.

Confirm (then confirm again)

Last, but in no way least, don’t forget to confirm your reservations, accommodations, and transportation. Do this a week out from the event, and then again the day before, just to be on the safe side. And that’s it—you’re all set! Party on.

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