The days leading up to someone’s wedding tend to be filled with fun events and parties celebrating the bride and groom. One of the most famous pre-wedding celebrations is the bachelorette party, the last hoorah doing what you love with your closest girlfriends. Although anyone can plan a bachelorette party for the bride-to-be, it is often the maid of honor who is tasked with doing so, obviously with the help of the bridesmaids. Bachelorette parties are historically famous for being the last night of “debauchery” or craziness before tying the knot, but they don’t necessarily have to be like that. In fact, these parties are traditionally thrown in the style that is common with the social circle, so they don’t always include alcohol and strippers like the movies would like us to think. Either way, bachelorette parties are supposed to be legendary, so how does one throw one that is unforgettable?
Who to invite?
Anyone you want, really; but think of the bride-to-be. Who would she want to celebrate this night with? Definitely invite all her bridesmaids. You can also invite close friends who may not be at the wedding and even family members, depending on the type of party you’re throwing. It’s always a good idea to include the bride’s sister’s in law, even if they’re not super close at the moment…they will be family soon! If you want to keep most of the bachelorette party a surprise for the bride-to-be, the guest list should be the one place where she’s allowed to have a say: the people she wants by her side can make or break the celebration!
What to do?
Don’t get caught up in what a bachelorette party “should” be. Here is a list of non-party possible things you might take her out to do:
- Spa day with the gang
For example, what’s a celebration without a relaxing spa day with your girlfriends? Just remember to think about safe budget friendly bachelorette and plan it out with all the guests before you book anything. Also, look for online deals or ask a head if the spas will offer a discount for a large group.
- Sweating before the wedding
If your bride is more active, try a fitness class. This is a great way to get the girls together and start sweating before the wedding. There are so many deals out there for indoor cycling, kickboxing, and even yoga. You are bound to find something that will work for everyone.
- Go to a fancy restaurant
Is your bride-to-be a foodie? If the answer’s yes, then taking her out to a fancy restaurant to get a really good meal should be part of your celebration.
Where to go?
Like everything else, depends on your bride’s style. If she’s the type who loves traveling, then you might want to think about a weekend getaway. Beach destinations are always a good idea, but if she’s not a fan of the sand and sun, maybe skiing could be her jam? If she’s more of a local gal, then she’s probably going to be happier staying in your home town and doing something fun there. Try taking her out to a new place she hasn’t tried before, whatever that may be: bar, restaurant, beauty parlor, whatever fits her style!
When should it be?
Communication is key when you’re planning a bachelorette party. Sinably going to have to coordinate with a lot of people to make sure everyone you want to come can make it. Therefore, start planning early, and make sure that you don’t make it too close to the wedding to avoid stressing out the bride. Two to four months before the wedding seems to be a good time frame. That way you don’t stress out the bride by having a celebration way too close to the wedding, but it’s also not so far away from the Big Day that it seems anti-climatic.
Always remember: don’t get too caught up in the details. The goal is that the bride-to-be has fun and has a night to remember with her best gals.
Amanda is a blogger with a passion for helping others achieve their dreams. When she’s not pouring over wedding designs and flower arrangements, you can catch her writing and playing with her handsome pup, Bandit