Bachelorette Party Tips
Hosting a bachelorette party? Attending your own? Read our tips to make sure it’s a weekend to remember.
In the last decade, bachelorette parties have transformed from traditional lingerie showers the week of the wedding to full-blown mini-vacations ranging from Charleston to Vegas. Many brides (and their maids) opt for weekend trips to dedicate a few days to celebrating, eating, drinking and relaxing before the craziness of the wedding approaches. One night doesn't seem to cut it anymore.
If you’re hosting a bachelorette weekend, or will be attending one in the near future, follow these guidelines to make sure the weekend is a success.
Put the bride first
The guest of honor should be the center of attention all weekend. She shouldn’t have to pay for her meals, or chip in toward the cost of renting a place to stay. Does she love going out on the town? Plan a night for dinner and drinks. Is she more reserved? Keep things low-key with a spa day. Remember – it's not about you!
Be money conscious
It’s no secret that being a bridesmaid is expensive. There’s a good chance you’ll be dishing out at least $200 for the dress, not to mention makeup, a wedding gift, hotel expenses and travel costs. When planning a bachelorette weekend, keep this in mind as you’re looking for places to stay and eat. We’re not suggesting you eat at McDonald’s, but maybe three nights at the Ritz-Carlton Naples isn’t the best idea.
Plan and prepare
An hour-by-hour itinerary isn’t necessary, but the weekend will run much more smoothly if you come with a plan. Know where you’re having dinner, where guests will be sleeping and any favors that need to be purchased to give the weekend a little sparkle. A “we’ll figure it out when we get there” attitude often results in long waits for dinner and bored bridesmaids.
Don’t forget the gifts
If it fits the bride, it’s tradition to present her with lingerie for her wedding night and honeymoon. If she’s not one for sultry gifts, get creative. Board games, travel items and pajamas all make for fun gifts. You don’t have to spend much, but don't show up empty-handed.
If your bridal party is more than five or six girls, consider hiring a van or bus for transportation one night, especially if you want to go out eating, drinking and dancing. It can get pricey, but it’s worth the extra money so you can all ride together and don’t have to worry about parking, or designating a driver.