Congratulations! You are getting married and planning one of the most magical days of your life, while somewhere nearby, a close and special someone is planning your ultimate bachelorette party. Most of the actual event is supposed to be an unforgettable surprise adventure that is planned by your maid of honor and girl squad; however, it is important to have a conversation with your besties to lay down some ground rules and talk about the type of bachelorette party you envision. These tips should help you have the once in a lifetime celebration you want.
Timeline for the Bachelorette Party
A bachelorette party occurs about one month prior to your wedding day. Planning usually begins about four months before your big day. During this time, your girls will be planning a destination or several destinations. A guest list will be created and invitations will be sent with requests for RSVPs. Hotel, travel and transportation arrangements will be made. Food, beverages and several activities will be planned along the way. Planning might also include reservations at restaurants, salons and spas. If it sounds like a lot of planning in a short amount of time, that is because it is. However, there is no need to stress about organizing the festivities. This is a very special event that is planned for the bride and not by the bride. However, to have the kind of party you want, it is important to stay involved in some of the process.
Planning Requires Collaboration
It takes a team to plan a successful event. While your bestie will be in charge of creating the adventure, you will want to be involved in some of the planning process. Communicate with your wedding party and the head of the team that will be putting this event together. A bachelorette party is usually planned by the maid of honor. The maid of honor will utilize the wedding team of brides maids that you put together to plan and coordinate the ultimate surprise. However, planning travel and certain events cannot be done without your involvement.
Talk about Your Bachelorette Party
It is important to express the type of party you envision. Not every bride wants to bar hop down Chippendale’s alley. Some bachelorette parties involve out of town travel. Decide whether you are open to a destination bachelorette party. Think about the timeline for your wedding and the days leading up to the event. You will need to make sure that you have the time allocated for a weekend celebration or the one night affair your friends are about to plan. You might not be available to escape to an island or fly out to Vegas. Make sure that you express your feelings about travel and certain destinations. Talk about scenarios you want to avoid and what behaviors and party favors you consider to be inappropriate.
Build the Guest List
A bachelorette party usually consists of the bride’s wedding party and a few close friends and family. However, some brides might include their mother and other important people that are completely unexpected. The guest list depends on what type of bachelorette party you envision. This event is designed for the bride to have a last girls night out of fun as a single woman before tying the knot. Only the bride can decide who should be there to participate in the special celebration. It is important to sit down and plan the guest list with the one you charged with the role of planning your bachelorette party. Make sure that you provide email addresses or other contact information so all your VIP’s can be invited.
Stay in the Loop
While your group of girls will be busy planning the actual logistics of the event and keeping much of it a surprise for you, you should definitely stay in the loop for planning purposes. Confirm the itinerary. Determine whether travel will be involved so you know how much to pack and how long you will be committed to the adventure. Confirm location and gather all of the transportation and travel information. You will be busy planning your wedding day and likely be wrapped up in cake tastings and invitations. The bachelorette party is supposed to be planned by your girl squad. Let them enjoy the fun of planning this day for you. However, make sure you stay in the loop and provide your input along the way.
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