We have been blessed to have an article featured in the Vol. 7 edition of Southern Celebrations Magazine!! We were asked by the fabulous Virginia Conaway Buckner if we would write an article about planning the last soiree of a single gal’s life: the bachelorette party! Of course, we said we would be happy to! Please enjoy the article below. Cheers!
It’s time for “one last fling before the ring!” That’s right, it’s time to plan the Ultimate Bachelorette Party! This is a great occasion to share a memorable evening or weekend with your besties, and let loose before the wedding. Here are some ideas and tips to help you create an unforgettable soiree.
What is a “Bachelorette Party?”, you may ask.
The modern day bachelorette party was modeled after the ever popular bachelor party, as a way for a single woman to celebrate with her closest friends and family before her marriage. This party is usually hosted by the ladies in the bridal party, but may be thrown by a close friend or relative, much like a bridal shower. It is a great time for bonding, and general merriment.
Check with the Bride first. What would she do for a Klondike Bar?
Ask her what she envisions for her party. Does she just want a wild night out, or a relaxing weekend with her nearest and dearest? Does she have a location in mind? She may want to go club-hopping, and to dance with tons of people. She may want to go to a winery for a tasting, or a sip and paint party. The bride may want to stay local in her hometown and have a great meal and a movie with her friends, or she may want to head to the nearest metropolitan area to catch a Broadway-worthy show. Renting a vacation home in a place like Edisto Beach, South Carolina, or taking a riverboat cruise are also fun options. Las Vegas is always a popular destination for bridal parties.
Are there any special requests or hard limits to the bachelorette fun? Would the bride like to see an exotic dancer or sip a favorite alcoholic drink throughout the evening? Does she enjoy games? A fun scavenger hunt, with pre-planned clues and small gifts at several locations, could provide lots of excitement and photo opportunities. Bachelorette Bingo or Pin the (insert item of choice here) on the body part of choice is always good for laughs. Just remember to keep it tasteful, depending on the bride-to-be’s personality. Also, remember that if there are guests that are under the legal drinking age, or simply do not indulge in adult beverages, to plan accordingly. This includes having pre-arranged transportation, or designated drivers.
To Theme, or not to Theme? That is the question.
Many times, the party has a theme, such as Spa Day, or “Pop, Fizz, Clink!” Channeling our inner Mermaids, Unicorns, and Goddesses have been popular themes in recent years. Group fitness classes are also fun, with lots of choices available. Hot Yoga, Pilates, Spin Class, Bungee Cord and Fabric Aerial Classes, and yes, even Pole Dancing are all great options.
Does the bride love music? A trip to Nashville would be a great theme, including cowboy boots, denim, rhinestones, and a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. Or perhaps a jaunt over to New Orleans, to sample beignets, gumbo, and the famous French Quarter would be perfect. If your bride is mad about the mouse, then slide on down to Orlando, to the Happiest Place on Earth – Disney World!
Is the bride an avid traveler, or sports fanatic? Or does she prefer to wander leisurely through bookstores and flea markets? Does she enjoy shopping for pretty lingerie and accessories? Why not book a hair and makeup team, and a talented photographer, and host a boudoir marathon? Build the party around the bride’s interests and hobbies. Sometimes a theme can be as simple as using the colors of the wedding, and carrying it through the décor of the bachelorette party, from the invitations, to the tableware. Search a website like Pinterest for really cute and creative ideas. Don’t forget to coordinate the guests’ attire, with fun t-shirts or accessories to announce to all that you are part of the Bride’s Tribe. The bride should stand out among her crew, so add a great tiara and sash and you are ready to hit the town! Be sure to provide awesome swag for everyone, including a hang-over relief kit! There are so many options available, you can’t really go wrong in personalizing the celebration for the bride.
Time is Money, or Divide and Conquer.
Just as planning a very detailed wedding takes time, so does planning a smaller celebration, like the bachelorette party. The bachelorette party can take place anywhere from a few months to a week or two before the wedding. The sooner that the date is selected for the party, the sooner you can put your ideas into motion. Consider hiring an event planner to assist. Create a guest list. If the party is to be a surprise for the bride, consult with the other members of the bridal party and close friends, and decide on date, location, theme and overall budget for the party. Divide the party planning tasks accordingly: finding a venue for the party and making reservations, buying or making decorations, invitations and favors, planning activities or entertainment, ordering food and beverages, and transportation such as a limo, party bus, Uber or taxi. Also consider hiring a photographer to play paparazzi for the evening. They will capture the moments others may miss. Total up the costs of everything, and divide equally. Then collect the necessary amount of money from each guest to cover the bill, including tips. The only person that should not pay for anything is, of course, the bride. All she needs to do is enjoy spending time with her besties!