Bachelorette Party 101

There’s a lot of pressure on the maid of honor to plan the perfect bachelorette party, let this guide help you!

A couple months before the date, brainstorm with the bride. Identify what she wants and what she wants to avoid. Decide on an activity that is relaxing and fun for the bride. Decide on the exact date and mark it on the calendars! Create a guest list of everyone invited, which traditionally includes the bridesmaids and a few close female friends and family members. Don’t invite anyone who isn’t invited to the wedding! They will be offended and feed excluded. When crafting the guest list, make sure all invitees will be comfortable with the chosen activity.

Creative bachelorette party ideas include wine tasting, spa day, yoga, sailing, beach day, rock climbing, bar hopping, escape rooms, or even paintball! The day is about the bride having a fun day with her closest female friends and family, not spending the most money. If the bride’s idea of a perfect bachelorette party is a relaxing movie night in, then roll with it!

At least two months before the bachelorette party, send a save-the-date email to everyone on the guest list. Include details like the date, time, activity, activity, and estimated duration. If applicable, make reservations at venues, attractions, or restaurants that are planned. If alcohol is going to be involved, ensure there will be reliable transportation available.

If activities aren’t structured, plan fun bachelorette party games. Pinterest has a ton of great ideas! Write out any rules and instructions for how to play, and gather the necessary supplies.

A month before the date, send out formal invitations (either physical letters or email/phone). Be sure to include RSVP information and how much monetary contribution is expected.

The week before the date, buy any needed decorations and confirm RSVPs and transportation arrangements. The day before, send out a reminder to guest of the meeting place and time. Tell the bride some essential details about the bachelorette party, but keep the details a secret!

After checking off your whole month-long to-do list, let out a sigh of relief, get a full night of sleep, and pat yourself on the back. You’ve given your close friend a perfect day of activities and wonderful memories before her big day!