Planning a bachelorette party should be endlessly fun, but we can attest that there could be a few bumps and bruises along the way. From nailing down a guest list to choosing a location, terrain can be tricky and small details can easily slip through the cracks. For those planning a bachelorette party destination-style, we understand your frustration and we’re here to help. While we respect that each bachelorette organizes activities in her own unique way, here are a few best practices for ensuring a smooth and successful planning process.
Talk to the bride: One of the first things to do when beginning plans for a bachelorette party is to sit down and talk candidly with the bride. Find out if there’s a specific location she’s been dreaming of for the big girls getaway. Toss around ideas, destinations and ask if there’s anything she absolutely does not want to see, eat, listen to, etc during her party. While it may seem silly doing a faux-interview with the bride-to-be, it will make the planning process that much easier. And even though you may have millions of ideas running through your head that you want to share with the bride, be sure to keep a few things secret so she’ll be surprised when the day finally arrives.
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Book early: This one is a must if you’re planning a destination bachelorette party with guests from all over the country. Set up fare alerts from apps like Kayak so you’re notified when airline tickets go up or down on certain days. Coordinate with the bride and other bridesmaids when booking tickets, to ensure a seamless arrival agenda for all involved. Plus, the earlier you book your ticket, the more time you’ll have to dedicate towards specific plans for the weekend.
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Look for deals: There are so many other cities, bars and restaurants besides Vegas that offer deals for bachelorette parties. Plenty of girl’s getaway weekends can be coordinated with hotel concierges, local spa or nail salons and managers of the hot spots you be attending. While some places may reject your request for free massages or corner booths in a crowded bar, there’s really no harm in asking. As long as you nail down all deals and details before the weekend arrives, ask the cute server at the restaurant to give you gals a free round of cocktails or shots. Just don’t forget to show your appreciation with a big, fat tip!
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Multiple Reservations: Finding a restaurant that will accommodate a large group of girls at a bachelorette party can either be a ton of fun or incredibly stressful. Browsing through Open Table or calling restaurant after restaurant gets old after awhile and if you’re not finding what you’re looking for, it can seem incredibly disheartening. One of our biggest tips to tackle this problem? Don’t have your heart set on one spot, particularly if that spot is the hottest spot in town on a Saturday night. Make multiple reservations, if possible, so you can leave options open when it comes to the actual weekend. You never know—when Saturday night dinner rolls around, everybody could be exhausted and the night could end with ordering pizza in the hotel room.
Loose itinerary: Along those same lines, don’t overplan! If you’re dealing with groups of over five ladies during an entire weekend, chances are, the group may break off and people will choose to do their own thing. While we’re not recommending a weekend void of social events, we do suggest keeping a loose itinerary for the weekend. Let your guests know ahead of time what’s on the agenda, so if unforeseen things come up and Sally suddenly can’t attend the trip to the vineyard, you, Ms. Party Planner, will be aware and prepared to deal with the circumstances. We’re especially big fans of sharing the itinerary on the invitation—it helps with packing too.
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Involve the groom: Hey! That says involve the groom, not invite him! It’s a girls weekend all about celebrating one special girl, so unless it’s a joint Bachelor or Bachelorette weekend, no boys allowed. However, we’re sweet on the idea of somehow incorporating the groom-to-be in one small way or another. Have the special guy write a note to his bride, pick up a round of drinks at the dinner table or send champagne to the hotel room. Knowing her groom is thinking about her during her bachelorette weekend will make the bride feel that much more special. And as planners of the bachelorette party, making your bride feel special should be priority número uno.
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