How to Throw the Best Bachelorette Party

July 1, 2015 | carrie

Bachelorette-Image-4 Photo by Myles Katherine

If you’re a bride-to-be or a Maid of Honor currently planning a bachelorette party get-a-way, you’re in the right place! We interviewed Joanne Barken, owner of The Bach, to get her expert advice on throwing a killer bachelorette party. Everything from party etiquette, fun activities, and popular destinations that are sure to help make your last celebration as a single lady truly unforgettable! If you’ve never heard of The Bach before, you have to go check out all of their adorable ideas for planning a fun and stylish bachelorette party!

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Bachelorette Party Etiquette

1. Who traditionally plans and hosts the bachelorette party?

The Maid of Honor and the bridesmaids typically plan the bachelorette party. The Maid of Honor is usually the point person. However, now that these events have become more elaborate, the bridal party usually splits up the tasks evenly.

2. Who is invited to the bachelorette party?

The guest list typically includes the Maid of Honor, the bridesmaids, and the bride’s closest girlfriends. It is usually a smaller guest list than that of the bridal shower.

3. How much can one expect to spend if they are attending?

There’s really a range here! If the party is local it may cost around $200 to attend. If flights and hotel rooms are required and the event lasts several days, it may cost closer to $1,000.

4. How long does the party typically last?

If it’s a destination bachelorette party it typically lasts for one full weekend. If it is a local event, it’s more likely you will have one full day and night of celebrating.

5. What gifts do you bring for the bride-to-be?

Sometimes there will be a lingerie shower or some naughty gifts incorporated into the bachelorette party. Gifts for the honeymoon are also popular (think monogrammed beach bags). Oftentimes though it is more about the party favors that everyone gets. Bachelorette party survival kits are really big right now!

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Top Locations for Bachelorette Parties

Joanne recommends these locations if you’re looking for a weekend getaway!

1. New York City

2. Las Vegas

3. Austin

4. Chicago

5. Nashville

6. Miami

7. New Orleans

8. Charleston

9. Los Angeles

10. Napa Valley

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Fun Activities for Your Bachelorette Party

1. Take a cooking class (after the class you can all enjoy an amazing meal that you prepared together)

2. Do a workout class (Pure Barre, Flywheel, etc.)

3. Go for a private boar ride (champagne brunch cruises are a fun way to start the day)

4. Primp for a big night out (blowouts at spots like Drybar are a fun and affordable way to get glammed up together)

5. Go on a wine tour (fun way to see some gorgeous scenery and have a boozy day with the girls)

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The Lingerie Shower

1. What’s a fun game to play during the lingerie shower?

You can ask all of the guests to bring a piece of lingerie. The bride then has to guess who gave her each piece, and when she is wrong she has to drink.

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2. How much should the host spend on the decor?

They should not spend more than they are comfortable on the decor. After all, the bachelorette party is about spending quality time with the bride and her besties. There are also plenty of inexpensive decor options. You can DIY streamers, tissue paper flowers, etc. to brighten up the room without breaking the bank.

3. What is the best way to set a budget for lingerie gifts?

I always tell bridesmaids to think about their total budget for being a part of the wedding. If attending the wedding itself is very costly (flights, hotel, an expensive dress), then it is reasonable to set a lower budget for gifts.

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For more bachelorette party planning ideas and advice, head on over to The Bach! Next time on From Blogger to Bride, I’m revealing my honeymoon destination. Happy wedding planning!

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