In recent years, bachelor and bachelorette parties have become more creative and more outside the box. Although drinking and sexually charged nights have always been popular, there is more emphasis now on creating memories and celebrating being with the guys or just the girls. If you are planning on hosting one of these before the wedding events, here are some tips to help you plan the bachelorette party.
The maid of honor usually plans, hosts the bachelorette party, and helps pay for it. In no case does the bride pay; the participants normally split the bill. Make sure to plan an activity which is affordable to those attending. Anyone who is on the guest list for the bachelorette party should also be on the wedding guest list.
Keep in mind this should be a very small gathering of the brides close friends and family. The guest list should be between ten to fifteen people. It is much harder to coordinate a larger group and a larger group will take away from the intimacy of this event. If you have questions as to who may not get along, consult the bride to be.
While it is ok to surprise the honoree, it is not ok to embarrass them. Respect their wishes and personality. However, these parties are also great for roasting the bride to be, so be sure to plan an amusing toast with a few funny jokes about married life. Just don't forget to honor her by giving her a Personalized Bachelorette Part Sash which says "The Future Mrs. ___"
Do not plan the bachelorette party for the night before the wedding. There is usually a ton of things to get done the night before, and the last thing a bride (or wedding party) needs is a hangover for the big day. Plan the event for at least a week before the big day.
Make arrangements for a paid driver or limousine if this party will involve drinking. Alternatively, depending on the destination of the party, you may also want to rent hotel rooms for the group to crash when the party is over. This can also extend the party to include an after party breakfast which everyone can rehash the previous night’s activities before going home.
Depending on where your party is held, plan for some fun bachelorette party games. Games such as pin the hotdog on the man or pin the cucumber on the groom (using a cardboard cutout), suck for a buck, I know what it is, or a funniest story game will bring some levity and fun to the event. There are many games on the internet which can be adapted for the party.
And don't forget the favors! Many of our wedding favors can be adapted as bachelorette party favors such as personalized lip balms, manicure sets, mirrors, cosmetic cases, purse holders, and keychains.
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