Planning a Bachelorette Party: Checklist #1

    October 11, 2013

    There is nothing more exciting than planning a bachelorette party for yourself or for one of your closest friends. Bachelorette parties can be small and casual or large and extravagant. Either way, be sure to start planning months ahead so that everything goes according to plan! Whether you opt for the crazy bachelorette party in Las Vegas or the relaxing, local party at the spa, a good time is a guarantee with the right planning. Just be sure to consult this bachelorette party checklist when you're planning for the festivities.

    Decide on the Tone

    Bachelorette parties can range in intensity and craziness, so set the tone early on. Some brides would rather do a weekend at the spa, where they are pampered with full body massages, manicures, pedicures, and facials while other brides would enjoy a weekend at the vineyard with plenty of wine tasting. On the other side of the spectrum, some brides want to go all out on one crazy night where they wear bachelorette sashes and electric tiaras. When planning a bachelorette party, the first thing you want to do is make sure you know what sort of party you or the bride wants.



    Set the Date Accordingly

    If you and the rest of the bachelorette party decide to go on a three day cruise full of margaritas and piña coladas, be strategic on when the dates are, taking note of peak seasons. Choose a weekend that all of the guests (especially bridesmaids) can attend. Additionally, schedule the bachelorette party a few weeks before the wedding, since you and the rest of the bridal party will need time to recuperate. Even if the party is more on the relaxing side than the crazy side, planning all the surrounding wedding events is exhausting enough and you will definitely appreciate a small break between them.


    Invite Guests

    Bachelorette parties tend to consist of the bridal party, which is typically comprised of the maid of honor and the bridesmaids. This obviously makes the guest list relatively easy to create. Sometimes people extend their bachelorette party to a few other friends, who may not be in the wedding party but are still close to the bride, so make a note of who else should be invited and how large an event you want your bachelorette party to be.



    Make Reservations


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    Depending on where you host the bachelorette party, you will need to make reservations for all accommodations. If you and your guests are doing a weekend getaway at a vineyard, book wine tastings, hotel reservations, restaurant reservations, and whatever else the bride desires early. If you plan to barhop, call a week in advance and see if any of the bars or clubs have a guest list you can get on or a table you can reserve. The bride-to-be definitely should not have to wait in any lines and run the risk of being turned down at a bar or club.



    Plan and Make Party Favors

    A bachelorette party is not complete without party favors. Whether it's t-shirts, custom wine bottles, or personalized shot glasses, your guests will enjoy them for the night and keep them as a keepsake. The party favors should reflect the type of bachelorette party that you throw. If you are doing a spa weekend, you can make the party favors mini facial masks or a scrub. If you are spending a wild weekend in Las Vegas, a personalized shot glass is fitting. Regardless of what it is, a party favor is just a small thanks to the bride's close friends for the memories and the support leading up to the wedding.



    Take Time off Work (and a few extra days)

    People lead busy lives and their schedules are usually jam-packed. Be strategic in planning the party and/or weekend and take a day off of work after to recuperate. You definitely will thank yourself for having taken the time to rest up after the festivities! This is especially important if you have to plan a bachelorette party closer to the wedding day.



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