When it comes to planning a wedding, it can become stressful and quite overwhelming if the bride-to-be doesn’t let her hair down and have some fun. That is what the bachelorette party is designed to accomplish. If you are in charge of making sure your best friend’s bachelorette bash is one for the ages, then you already know that sometimes it can get overwhelming as well.
Of course, you don’t want the betrothed worried about the party, so head to the liquor store, sit back with the bridesmaids, and read over these tips for making your friend’s bachelorette extravaganza is the best she and your friends have ever seen.
Consult the bride and bridesmaids
While it may be tempting to do this one on your own, you really need to get suggestions from the bride and bridesmaids as to what they would like to do for the bachelorette party. For example, if the bride herself would prefer to sail in the Bahamas, instead of having a girl’s night out clubbing, you need to know ahead of time. Remember, though everyone should have fun during the bachelorette party, it’s still supposed to be about the bride, so make sure to get her suggestions on an activity and a place.
Find the perfect location
Whether it’s diving and underwater scooting in Cozumel or parasailing in West Palm Beach, location is key to success. Remember major resorts and cities can fill up pretty fast, especially if your bride-to-be is tying the knot in the middle of wedding season, so book early to not only beat the crowds, but to be sure you get your spot as well.
Delegate, delegate, delegate
As the maid of honor and/or best friend of the bride, you want everything to be perfect, and that means delegating tasks to the bridesmaids not only for the wedding but for the bachelorette party as well. While the party is usually planned by the maid of honor, don’t be afraid to ask the bridesmaids to do the tasks they are good at. For example, if you have a friend that is a foodie, then ask her to check into the best restaurants in the area, or if you have a friend who works in travel, ask her to take care of hotel accommodations. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun, relaxing time for all of you, so delegating is just fine, and it will make them feel like they are helping as well.
Ask about budgets
While you want to give your best friend the best bachelorette party ever seen, you have to remember that not all bridesmaids are going to have the same level of disposable income. Just because one might be able to afford to take off to the Cayman Islands for a few days, doesn’t mean another will be able to scrounge up that much dough. Get together with the bridesmaids and discuss what they can and can’t manage to spend. Make sure you’re all on the same page, budget-wise—it would be a shame to have a bachelorette party without all of the wedding party there, don’t you think?
Nail it down
You don’t want anything to be left to chance when you’re planning a destination bachelorette party. Make sure to print out a list that you can check off as you go. The last thing you want, for example, is to arrive at your destination only to find you forgot to hit send on booking the hotel or house you’re supposed to be staying in. Keep a detailed checklist on everything from transportation to reservations, and if you’re not 100 percent sure it’s done, make a phone call to confirm. For the best party ever to go off without a hitch, you have to nail down those key plans.
These are just a few tips for planning the perfect destination bachelorette party for your bride-to-be and the rest of your bridesmaids. Remember, organization is key, and the rest is for the history books.
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