If her wedding is the most memorable day of a woman’s life, her bachelorette party might be the most fun. Filled with her best friends and favorite activities, a bachelorette party is a must for any bride-to-be. If you’re the one planning it for her, however, all that pressure can be stressful. Don’t fret—with these tips on how to plan a bachelorette party, it’ll go off without a hitch.
Get the rundown from the bride
The night should mostly be a surprise for the bride, but you should plan certain factors with her. These include:
The guest list
This is her party, after all, so make sure she ultimately has the say in who’s coming. You don’t want to risk accidentally leaving someone she’d love to celebrate with off the list, so establish the exact guest list beforehand.
To say that planning a wedding—while exciting—can also leave someone with a lot on their plate would be an understatement. The bride will most likely be stressed out at this point, so allow her to pick the date and time herself. That way, she can plan around other obligations and host her bachelorette on a date when she’ll be the least stressed or busy.
The party level
We’ve all seen the stereotypical bachelorette party on TV and in movies: an absolute rager filled with drinking, drinking, and more drinking. If this is the bride’s ideal scenario, then go forward with an exciting night out. Not everyone will be thrilled about this notion, however, so confirm her desired party level beforehand. This could range from an intimate night in with friends to a huge bar crawl in the city, and that’s necessary to know before the planning really gets going.
Choose a designated driver in advance
For the majority of bachelorette parties, drinking is almost a guarantee. If your group is looking to go out, establishing a ride for everyone in advance is so important. Whether you designate a friend to stay sober or go all out for a party bus, you should never let anyone in your party drink and drive—doing so could have disastrous results for the driver, the passengers, and other people on the road. By planning ahead, you’ll allow the guests and bride to have a great time while staying safe.
Book any entertainment
As with any party, if you have something extravagant in mind, booking entertainment in advance is important. For live music or karaoke rentals, make sure it’s all set in stone well before you show up to the venue. Booking ahead is even more crucial during the spring and summer, as that’s prime wedding season.
Map out your night from start to finish
Letting the night take you where it may can be fun on a typical night out, but when it comes to a bachelorette party, planning it out from start to finish is essential. If you’ll be hitting up a ton of bars, plan out your route in advance to avoid losing anyone in the scramble. If your night will be filled with games and gift-giving, set up an itinerary so that activities don’t get forgotten and so that time doesn’t run out. With the plan already laid out, you’ll be able to relax the day of and have a great time.
Set up decorations and accessories
For most brides, the bachelorette party is the perfect opportunity to make amazing memories and take some incredible pictures. Stylish decorations and accessories are key to getting the most out of each photo op. That way, you can have a fun photobooth and reinforce your theme at the same time.
No matter how swamped you might feel, with the right pointers, the bachelorette party you’ve so carefully planned will go seamlessly. At the end of the day, a bachelorette party is about celebrating your loved one as she embarks on this huge step in her life. As long as you keep that in mind, it’ll be a night you’ll both remember for a lifetime.