We get a lot of requests for bachelorette party ideas. Surprising but true. And then I received that dreaded but somewhat expected call. A friend of a friend was planning a BP and needed help. It wasn’t my first but it had been a while. So I initially wondered are people were still throwing bachelorette parties. After some research and conversations I discovered YES they are. These days’ bachelorette parties have become so much more imaginative and creative. Gone are the days when planning a bachelorette party meant throwing up decorations and inviting some guests over. Followed by putting out some food, playing a couple of bachelorette party games and opening gifts. While this may have previously fit the bill. These days the name of the game is celebration, friendship and a whole bunch of merriment.
Like all parties a bachelorette party is supposed to be fun filled. But nobody said it would be an easy process or even stress free. If you’re not sure where to start, coordinating and planning can become a nerve racking and not fun experience. So what’s meant to be a great experience becomes exactly the opposite.
FIRST Answer these Bachelorette Party Ideas Questions
When organizing a bachelorette party before getting to the planning part there are some questions that need answers. Who to invite? How many family members should be included? What does the bride want? Traditional or outside the box? G-rated or R-rated? Surprise or not? Weekend or single evening? Alcohol filled shindig or quiet get together?
Once you’ve determine the answers to those questions, ask yourself these seven additional bachelorette party questions:
- Will it be at home or away?
- What will the duration of the party be?
- Is there going to be a theme?
- What’s the budget?
- How’s payment going to be handled?
- Is transportation required?
- What’s going to be included?
Getting Started with Bachelorette Party Ideas
Most of us have had the experience of planning this special soiree for someone special in our life. Usually the responsibility of the bachelorette party planning lies with the Maid of Honor and can seem very intimidating. Planning ahead and being prepared will not only save time and energy. But in the end will help to plan a stress free celebration.
Like with so many other areas in life, we woman characteristically are not attracted to the same kind of experience men are. Rumor has it that we are more interested in joyful group activities and fun and less about individual gratification. Go figure!
Bachelorette Party Ideas Hints
It makes no difference who the party planning is for; sister, mother, friend or your absolute BFF, the ultimate goal is a happy bride. If you are about to tackle a bachelorette party here are some hints to get started. The big question always seems to be “what to plan, what to plan”? Plan an event to fit the individuality of the bride. Design an experience based on the guest of honor’s likes and wants, style and grace and of course her absolute favorites. Seek help from the bridesmaids. Have a conversation and find out what their thinking and feeling. And then you will be able to plan an event that the bride and guests will enjoy from start to finish. And when it’s all over and done will be remembered with at least a smile.
We’ve said it many times before but it bears repeating, the next hint is to create a budget. Of course the ultimate goal is to throw the best bachelorette party ever. But not everyone can afford the best of everything. It’s traditional for the guests to cover the cost of the bachelorette party. So it’s imperative for the host (you) to not only remember this but to ensure the guests are aware of it too. When establishing the budget it is imperative to remember the guest list as well as the guest’s fiscal situation. The cost of a bachelorette party will vary and hinge on many factors including the kind of event, how many guests, location, activity and entertainment. And don’t forget to include in the budget a guesstimate for food, drinks, bachelorette party supplies, admissions and transportation.
So you’ve had the appropriate conversations and have created a budget, now it’s all about the theme. Once you choose the “perfect” theme in a perfect world all other plans will follow. The theme will be the foundation and the root for all things bachelorette party. You can make it as laid-back or as crazy as you see fit. But the facts are the facts and the most creative and inspired themes usually make for the greatest parties. So when trying to come up with that right theme always keep the bride and her personality in mind. Every bride is special and unique and therefore have no fear so is every party.