Planning the Perfect Bachelorette Party for the Bride-to-Be
When you’re asked to be a bridesmaid, it’s an honor that shows just how much you mean to the bride-to-be. It’s an amazing time to celebrate, and you’ll have a unique look into the wedding that very few guests will be able to see.
But you also have a huge responsibility thrown on you if you’re a maid of honor: planning the bachelorette party.
There’s a lot that you have to plan for and do at this time. A timeline of the things you need to do should start about four months before the actual wedding. You can follow the points below:
- Guest List. A guest list needs to be put together. This allows you to know who to invite, and it’s not uncommon to ask to bride-to-be who she wants included in the festivities. You’ll need to have the names of all attendees and their contact information.
- Budget and Date. A date for the bachelorette party and a budget need to be made. Facebook is a great option for making a date. Simply add everyone to a group and suggest a few dates. There’s a possibility that not everyone will be able to make the date, but try to pick a date that everyone can agree on. Also ask everyone that is chipping in for the party what a good price point is for them. The bridesmaids will often split the cost, but be prepared for “negotiations.” No one should break the bank on the party either.
- Choose a Destination. Every party needs a destination. If you have the budget, an overseas destination or a city that you don’t live in is a great idea. You can check out the top destinations for the party, but be warned: the bride may have a preference. Choose a destination that you know the bride will love and will meet her personality.
I want to make note of one thing: make it clear who is paying for what. The Knot recommends all guests pay a portion of the costs for the guest of honor. The maid of honor will often pay for the decorations and favors, but she can ask people to help or even pay for a portion of the costs.
If the budget allows, go over-the-top with a neat social media camera. “Our InstaCam Social Media booth brings new life to parties and special events in Chicago. Cool green screens and amusing GIFs enable this awesome machine to turn ordinary photos into extraordinary memories your friends and family members won’t soon forget,” writes The Wow Factor.
Polaroid cameras are also making a comeback. Photo booths can make the night worth celebrating, too.
But when the budget is very tight, it’s also important to sharpen your negotiation skills. A bachelorette party is a great way to promote a business, so a lot of vendors or venues will be willing to provide a discount.
A few of the ways you can help lower the costs of the party are to:
- Ask about group discounts
- Book on off days
- Groupon is your friend
- Ask around and discuss prices with other businesses
You may also need to make the party more low-key if the budget doesn’t allow for something extravagant. The bride-to-be will certainly understand if your budget is stretched and you can’t afford something fancier.