A bachelorette party is a time to celebrate the last nights of a woman’s singlehood before marriage. Traditionally arranged by the maid of honor, the bachelorette party should reflect the bride’s personality and celebrate her unique qualities. Bachelorette parties range from wild nights out, to afternoon BBQs, to corporate office get-togethers. The bride’s closest female friends and family help plan the event; those who know her best and understand the type of event she would love. The following checklist will help you remember to plan and book all of the elements to bring the bachelorette party together!
Bachelorette parties do not have to be the wild, crazy bar-hopping extravaganzas popularized in movies. Some women are uncomfortable in bars or don’t drink alcohol. Other ideas for bachelorette parties include spa days, shopping trips to another city, concerts, garden parties, or hiking trips. Any event that brings the bride and her close girlfriends together for much-needed quality time before the big day is a successful one. It is important to discuss the details of the party with the bride during planning. She may prefer that her coworkers are not invited to a bar or club party, or that all of the friends in her life from all areas are included in whatever the bridal party has planned. Bachelorette party plans do not need to be kept secret; the best way to ensure the bride will love the party is to include her in the planning. Be respectful of the bride’s wishes; do not embarrass or upset her by doing something outrageous (ie.: hiring a stripper) if she has asked that the party be low-key. Send a “Save the Date” notice two to three months prior to the bachelorette party, with invites arriving at least four to six weeks before the event. Ask partygoers to RSVP by three weeks prior to the date, leaving time to finalize all arrangements for transportation, food, etc.