Event planning lists: Bachelorette party checklist
Tips for what to think about when planning a bachelorette party.
Planning a bachelorette party and don’t know where to start? There really are only a few things to keep in mind when planning a bachelorette party, and none of them are really all that different from planning any other party.
1. Know your guest of honor. Don’t plan a wild night of bar hopping if your bride would be more content sitting at home, watching chick movies and crying into her popcorn. It is her night, make your plans around what she would enjoy doing most. You have more freedom in planning this party than the best man has in planning the bachelor party, you are not tied down to tradition and connotations.
2. Know your guests. What is the age range of the guests? The wedding party? Make sure that you aren’t planning a night of bar hopping if half of your guests won‘t be old enough to join you. Also, be sure to include an overview of the itinerary in the invitations (or when you take RSVP calls) so that guests who are looking for a bachelorette party with male dancers are not disappointed to find chocolate sundaes and “Steel Magnolias.”
3. Call ahead. And be familiar with where you are going. If you are planning dinner out, know what accommodations the restaurant your bride has chosen can make for your party. A restaurant with only booth seating, for example would only be appropriate for a small party (four to six people including the bride). If you have more than six people in your party, it is a good idea to call ahead. If the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, try explaining that your bride would like to have her bachelorette party there because it‘s her favorite restaurant (or whatever the reason), but, beware. You may have to consider another option. Do whatever it takes to avoid waiting more than ten minutes for a table.
4. Leave the guest of honor in charge of creating the guest list. While everything should be planned for bride’s ultimate enjoyment, the guest list is above all the most important part of making her happy. Letting her create the guest list ensures that everyone she wants to be included can be included; this also gives her a chance to introduce friends in a more casual atmosphere so that her college or work friends are not meeting her high school friends and her family under the confines of the wedding reception.
5. Remain calm and have a good time. You are in charge of the whole night but don’t let that get to you. As long as you stay calm and relaxed, things should go off without a hitch. And if they don’t, don’t let it get to you. If something doesn’t go exactly the way you had planned, but everyone is still having a good time, don‘t worry about it. The most important thing is that first the bride, and then the guests are enjoying themselves. As long as everyone is having a good time, it’s okay for plans to change.