Before we get started on all the details for planning the perfect bachelorette party, its essential that we recognize these 5 important items to keeping everybody happy:
- Listen to the Bride
- Set a Budget
- Have A Backup Plan
- Forget Tradition
- Go With The Flow
Listen to the Bride
- Ask the bride what she wants—and wants to avoid—for her bachelorette party. Will it be cocktails, karaoke and scantily clad dancers? A quiet weekend getaway? A living room lingerie exchange? Pizza and pool at her favorite local sports bar? Get the scoop from the guest of honor and go from there.
- Establish her comfort levels. If she’s envisioning a calmer gathering, go over all of your options together, from junk food and chick flicks to a luxe spa day. If she can’t wait to break the rules a bit, get her to define exactly what that means. Remember, while you want her let loose, you don’t want to embarrass her or freak her out.
Set a Budget
- You may be able to spend $1,000 on the bachelorette party as the maid of honor, but the other bridesmaids may only be able to spend $200 or $500. Before you make grand plans, reach out to all the women invited and see what their budget is. Find a way to accommodate everyone if possible.
Have A Backup Plan
- When you’re dealing with travel plans and a group of people, things make not go as smoothly as you hoped. It’s always good to have a backup plan in case the flight is delayed, the day turns out to be rainy or the bride just doesn’t feel like doing an activity that you thought she’d be excited about.
- Make sure that snacks and beverages will be provided along the way. If you aren’t able to make it to the restaurant or location that you had expected to, at least you’ll have a few surprises to get the party started wherever you are.
- Bachelorette parties don’t have to be wild and messy. Plan one that’s in-line with the bride’s style, hobbies and lifestyle. Even if its only a handful of friends and some appetizers, it can still be the perfect celebration.
Go With The Flow
- Since there are so many moving parts to planning a bachelorette party, try to just go with the flow. Even if you spent weeks planning the party and then see all your plans changing in seconds, keep a positive attitude and the rest of the bridesmaids will join you. You set the tone!