Bachelorette parties are a fun tradition, and are a great way to celebrate an upcoming marriage. However, organizing all of the details can be a struggle for the Maid of Honor. It can be difficult to consider the opinions and wishes of all guests when planning a bachelorette party. This guide will take the guesswork out of planning a bachelorette party!
Know the Bride
If you’re not 100% sure what your friend truly wants out of her bachelorette party, it’s okay to ask. She will appreciate you taking the time to organize the perfect celebration. Not everyone wants a night of boozed-up shenanigans, but playing board games all night might not meet her expectations either.
Make a Plan
Create a guest list by first inviting those in the wedding party, then extending to close friends and family members. Be discerning about who you invite—not all brides will want to bring their mother to a nightclub, but a cool aunt might deserve an invite.
Start planning a couple of months ahead of time, and choose a date that works for most people. Don’t stress yourself out by attempting to find a date that works for absolutely everyone on the guest list. Use a scheduling tool like Doodle will make it easier to find which date works best. Avoid scheduling the bachelorette party on the night before the wedding—the bride will already have enough on her mind.
You can allow the other guests to take part in planning a bachelorette party, but before it gets too chaotic, streamline the planning. Do all of the research on hotels, attractions, dining, etc. and then provide guests with a few different options to choose from.
The Main Event
When planning a bachelorette party, you want to make it extraordinary, so choosing a special destination or activity will truly make it a night to remember. Trying something new is a great way to treat the bride-to-be; a cooking class, hot air balloon ride, or paintball are just a few options. Or perhaps the bride truly wants just a night in with the girls. Rent a hotel, paint each other’s nails and watch your favorite middle school movies. Whatever it is that you choose to do for the main event, be sure that it is something that the bride will love. If other attendees are getting grumpy about skipping the visit to Chippendale’s, that’s their prerogative. It’s her party, after all, and she is the only one you have to please.
However, it is important to consider the bride’s friends when planning a bachelorette party. If most of them are still fresh out of college and can’t afford a trip to Paris, don’t embarrass them by choosing an expensive destination. If most of them work office hours, avoid scheduling it in the middle of the week.
Since most bachelorette parties do involve drinking, it is important to be sure that there is a set plan in place for getting home safety. Write down the number of a couple of taxi services or consider staying a hotel near your destination. A limo or a party bus is another great option—but whatever you do, ensure that you know how to get home.
Beechwood Hotel is not only one of the top wedding venues in central Massachusetts, but we would be happy to accommodate you in planning a bachelorette party. Our hotel is conveniently located in Worcester, New England’s second largest city, near a variety of hot destinations. We would be happy to offer you luxurious accommodations for that special day, night, or weekend! Contact us to book your reservation today.
When it comes time that your Maid of Honor is planning a bachelorette party for you, which elements would you like her to include? We’d love to hear more in the comment section below!