Ah the joy, your best girlfriend is getting married and as your duty as maid of honor, you want to make sure that she has a great night to remember, right? So break out the penis cake and the let the officer who’s responding to a noise complaint in, and let the good times roll!
Well…kinda. Of course, we all know the tradition of treating the bride out on what is typically considered as her last night out as a single woman, but all parties and brides are not created equal. A bachelorette party is an event hosted by the maid of honor (& bridesmaids), so a lot details need to be ironed out well ahead of time: budget; schedules; type of party; and location. The following are some helpful guidelines to organize a successful and memorable bachelorette party. Help the bride forget about wedding planning, and have a fun night out with the girls.
Let’s begin with the BUDGET. So before we delve too deeply in the details of the type of party and where everyone wants to go, consider how many people will be able to attend, and how much money everyone is willing to pitch in for it. It is important to discuss money first, as it can get a little out of hand if a budget isn’t established. Have a plan A and a plan B in case bridesmaids have to drop out of the plans because of work or other obligations. You never know what can happen and you want to be prepared from the beginning.
Secondly, you want to make sure that you think about everyone’s SCHEDULES. If a couple of the bridesmaids are from out of town, then they may have to sit this one out.
A lot of times, the bachelorette party is done about 1-3 weeks before the wedding date, but keep in mind the type of activity you’re doing– if your bride (or bridesmaid) gets sunburned from your adventure at the beach, you want to make sure she has time to heal in time for the wedding. As long as everyone agrees with the date and the majority would be able to attend, then you’re in the clear. Of course, as MOH, be sure to communicate with all of the bridesmaids to be sure if they can or cannot attend on the selected date (or weekend getaway).
Thirdly, what’s the TYPE OF PARTY you want to throw for your respective bride? What is her personality like? Is she reserved, or is she outgoing? Does she like to drink hard alcohol or would she’d rather have a glass of red wine? As her MOH, these are things you will quickly be able to determine, so although the stereotype is to strap a penis to her head and have sweaty dancers shove their pelvis in her face, that may be something she wouldn’t appreciate. Although everyone involved is invited to have a good time, remember that the star is the bride and she needs to have fun and be comfortable too.
Places to Consider:
Pole Dancing Lessons (in home or hotel getaway)
Day at the Spa
Day at the Beach with a Bonfire at night
An Amusement Park
Camping/Hiking (for the outdoor lovers!)
Or any combination of these activities!
Once you’ve narrowed down the type of event that you want to host for the bride, knowing who will attend can then establish the LOCATION of the party. It can always be in the privacy of your own home, or you can always rent a hotel room with the nightlife below. Or, you can always travel to a location known for their nightlife, such as San Diego, Hollywood, Los Angeles, and of course, Las Vegas (for the local CA crowd). Granted, this all depends on the established budget!
**Always have a designated driver & the number to a local Taxi service JUST IN CASE. Better safe than sorry.
**Avoid DRAMA. Everyone is out to have a good time, so if you all encounter a rude/drunk idiot stranger, brush them off and move on.
Have an amazing day, and remember to breathe.
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