Bachelorette Party: Bachelorette Party Planning Basics

Are you a maid of honor trying to plan the perfect bachelorette party for your best friend? If so, there are a few key rules to help make sure that your bachelorette party is her night to remember, not a nightmare to forget!

First, virtually anyone can offer to host a bachelorette party. Usually the maid of honor or bridesmaids take the lead in planning the party, but any friend or relative can plan the party. An important tip in bachelorette party planning is that if you need to make reservations for a show or other activity, you’ll want guests to formally RSVP. No matter who takes charge, all interested ladies should have some input in planning the bachelorette party, and the bride herself can be consulted to determine what she thinks would be a fun time.

Bachelorette parties usually include all the bridesmaids and closets female friends of the bride, which may include a few relatives, neighbors, or coworkers. A bachelorette party is usually a relatively small group, and definitely under 20 people. Around 10 or fewer girls is usually ideal, so that planning and going out aren’t difficult.

To keep the girls drinking under control at the bachelorette party, do have a sensible dinner before the party commences. Don’t over indulge at dinner which will slow you down the rest of the night, but also bear in mind that you shouldn’t drink on an empty stomach. If the party starts with dinner, all the girls will be ready to out afterwards.

Another common bachelorette party problem is arriving late for your plans. Do set a start time ahead of when you actually need to be at, say, dinner reservations. Therefore, even latecomer girls will be on time for dinner and you can get to all the bars and clubs you want to in a timely manner.

Another consideration is the date of your party. It is recommended to keep the bachelorette party well in advance of the wedding. Gone are the days of a bachelor and bachelorette party the night before the wedding, because you don’t want a jittery bride or a hungover bride the next day!

Remember that planning a bachelorette party is not like just any other girl’s night out. It is a festive, but special, event that deserves planning greater than selecting a location. Make sure that you have plotted out bars and clubs that will be bachelorette friendly, and scope out drink specials too.

The bachelorette party is not a gift party in the same way a shower is, but presents are usually given that are silly or a bit naughty. Encourage guests to buy inexpensive gag gifts, sexy gifts, or lingerie for the wedding night.