Brides look forward to the bachelorette party if only to relax from the anxiety of wedding planning. Each woman has different plans in mind though, so be sure to tailor your planning to HER desires rather than yours!
You'll first want to select a date. Definitely not the night before the wedding! Plan it far enough in advance that it doesn't interfere with final wedding plans. Anywhere from 2-6 weeks before the wedding is perfect - but not so far out that it takes away the thrill of the event. Ask the bride for her list of people to invite. No one wants to offend the groom's sister (or anyone else expecting an invitation) so early in the planning process. Once you know who'll be there, get together and pick an adventure! Destination Trip
Get out of town! An overnight or weekend trip to another city gives the bride and her best friends a chance to bond right before the wedding. Depending on her wild-child tendencies, plan a casino road trip, a beach getaway or a charming seaside stay.
If busy schedules and expenses prevent a trip out of town, consider renting a room in a luxury hotel in your town, along with an afternoon tea or morning-after brunch. This posh twist on the classic girls' slumber party is a prime opportunity for quality time if you stock the room with the bride's favorite movies, games, and bubbly! Bar Games
Some girls just wanna have fun! The bachelorette party invades a bar and brings the party with sexy games and dares. Not for the shy bride, these attention-grabbing games will run the night wherever you decide to go!
Day of Rejuvenation
- The Bachelorette Party Uniform: Along with all the tiaras, feather boas, and phallic jewelry she desires, dress the bride in a t-shirt with male names written all over it. For each man she meets, she must ask him to find his name on her shirt and he must sign his autograph. For each unsigned name on her shirt, the bride must do some sort of shot or other penalty.
- Quiz the Groom: This theme is kind of like the Newlywed Game show. The party hostess secretly asks the groom-to-be questions before the bachelorette party. Once at the party, the bride-to-be is asked the same questions. If she answers differently from the groom-to-be she has to eat, drink, or do something embarrassing for each wrong answer.
- Scavenger Hunt: For the bride with a daring side, give her a list to check off and let her loose! Try to balance your imagination and your good judgment when making the list - nothing that will get her in serious trouble with the police, her parents, or her fiancée.
Whether at the spa or at the hostess’ home, pamper your best girl! Slow down anxiety and make her feel special with facials, group manicures, and even professional massages to smooth away wedding stress. Gifts are not generally required, but spa baskets or gift certificates are always appreciated to keep the good vibes flowing until her wedding day. Unforgettable Event
An event-based bachelorette can still include fun costumes or games, but it becomes less about drinking and more about the bride’s favorite music or hometown team. Does she love the Red Sox? Take her out for a game and splash her name up on the jumbo-tron!
If she's into music, surprise her with tickets to a music festival. This plan is also great for keeping costs low without feeling like a low-cost option. Friends can pay their own way and split the cost of the bride's ticket between them. Her Favorite Activity
Take the bride to a karaoke bar and the fun will ensue! Task her with getting up on stage and singing a love song that reminds her of her groom-to-be. If she's a foodie, consider doing a group cooking class with wine pairings or a trip to a brewery or beer garden! Hiking and camping would make a fun day trip for an adventurous bride and wouldn't require too much planning.
When planning your bachelorette party, remember the guest of honor. Never plan activities where the bride would be uncomfortable, bored or too embarrassed to participate. Do your research and consult with the other bridesmaids and friends of the brides to select the perfect night out that your guest of honor will never forget. Take tons of photos!
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