Though the wedding is considered the "big day," there are plenty of other parties prior that are just as fun as the wedding itself. There's the engagement party, which is to celebrate the engagement, of course. Then the bridal shower, where the bride opens up a gift registry and all the women gather. Finally, and perhaps the most fun of all, is the bachelorette party
! All the girls in the bridal party as well as the bride's closest friends get together to throw the bride a wild bash to celebrate her last night out as a single lady.
When one hears the words "bachelorette party," the first thought that probably comes to mind is a bunch of drunk women in sparkly tiaras and boas surrounded by male strippers. But today there are many different types of bachelorette parties that suit every bride's personality. After all, the party is in her honor, so she's the one who should enjoy herself the most!
Here are some fun bachelorette party ideas
1. At a Restaurant - Make reservations at the bride-to-be's favorite place to wine and dine. If your party is large enough and the restaurant has the space, there is a possibility that your get together will be secluded from the rest of the guests. If not, you'll still be able to eat some great food, have a few drinks and chat with all of the ladies, though you may not be able to be as loud as you'd prefer. Keep this in mind when picking a venue!
2. At a Bar or Club - Hosting a bachelorette party at either a club or bar is great for the bride that loves to drink and dance. And you won't have to worry about being too noisy! Having the party at a club is also a great idea for a bachelorette party
if some of your guests don't drink. That way, they won't have to sit at a bar the whole time being bored or feeling pressured to drink. They'll still be able to hang out and dance. Though you should definitely arrange for transportation if everyone is planning on drinking.
3. At a Lounge - Perfect for the laid back bride who likes to have a drink or two, this is a good idea if everyone is all about hanging out. You'll be able to sit back and relax in some comfortable seating, sip on a cocktail, talk, and even play games. This is also great if you can arrange for a VIP section so you're not bothered by obnoxious by-passers.
4. At a Strip Club - Forever the notorious bachelorette party theme, a strip club is the perfect venue when the girls are ready to get wild. There are no limits to how you dress, how you act or how much you drink here. Be prepared for a lot of half naked men (or women) and even more lap dances! You may even want to arrange for a male revue. A great venue if you're sure no one will be offended. There's sure to be a lot of laughter and even more memorable moments!
5. At a Spa - Doesn't every woman yearn for a long, relaxing day at the spa? This is a really great idea if everyone can afford it. All of the girls can snuggle up in robes and slippers and prepare to be pampered. From manicures to pedicures, facials to massages, and saunas to hot tubs, there are few women who won't enjoy the day. Depending on your spa of choice, there is a good possibility you might be able to enjoy some mimosas in the jacuzzi too.
There are tons of alternatives for the bachelorette party, though it will all depend on your budget and the bride's taste. The limits can range from a wild night in Vegas to an intimate get together at the maid of honor's house. Keep these tips in mind when planning a bachelorette party:
- Invite all of the women in the wedding party, and any women that are close enough with the bride to be invited. Also, specify the bachelorette party theme
or events on the invitation so there are no bad surprises!
- Plan accordingly. Some women opt to host the party weeks before the wedding, others would rather have it a couple of days before. It's up to you, but if you're enjoying a wild night out, it's recommended you throw that a few weeks ahead. Alcohol could lead to physical injury, and a really bad hangover!
- Make a check list or to-do list if necessary. Did you arrange for transportation? Did you make reservations? Did you purchase supplies? Did you send out invitations? Did you follow up with the RSVP's? You should stay organized - it will be a lot less stressful!
- Finally, and probably the most FAQ of a bachelorette party is this: who pays for the party? But there really is no exact answer. The maid of honor is not solely responsible for paying for everything at the party (venue, transportation, supplies, etc.) but she should be the one who sends out the invitations. If the maid of honor or bridesmaids all want chip in and pay ahead of time for the party, this is okay. Though most guests who are attending the bachelorette party should pay for themselves. The price should be specified on the invitation, for example:Please Join Us For Alecia's Bachelorette Party: Dinner & A Show
Transportation, Dinner, & Admission = $60
The price listed should include money that will pay for the bride as well. All of the money should be given to the maid of honor to pay accordingly. Then, everyone will be responsible for their own spending cash for the cost of drinks and tips.
Don't forget, you'll need bachelorette party games, supplies and favors
for your big bash!
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