Every bride is different, therefore every bachelorette party should be different too. From the destination to the decor—there’s a lot that goes into planning an unforgettable bachelorette party. Whether you’re wanting a relaxing weekend by the pool or a party-filled celebration, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about throwing a bachelorette party fit for every soon-to-be bride.
Assign Bachelorette Planning Duties
There’s a lot of confusion when it comes down to who actually plans the bachelorette party. Typically the maid of honor, with the help of the bride’s best friends, takes full reign of the planning process. With that being said, this party is to celebrate the bride so it’s important to pick the bride’s brain about her dream bachelorette party weekend—the bride should still be involved in the major decision-making like guest list and destination.
Determine The Guest List
A celebration surrounded by your best friends and wedding day crew—we can’t think of a better way to honor a bride-to-be. Guest lists usually include the bride and her wedding day party, but ultimately it’s up to the guest of honor—the bride. With a secured guest list, it’s easier to accommodate everyone’s availability when selecting a party date so be sure to get this guest list early on.
Establish A Concrete Budget
Communication will be your best party planning tool when it comes to budgeting. The price will be dependent on many varying factors like the destination, accommodations, and guest size. To avoid conflict and to make for a smooth planning process, start by determining how expenses will be split and—most importantly—ask what the attendees can afford. It’s important to establish a concrete budget, before planning, that will work for everyone in attendance.
Select A Location
This is the perfect opportunity to get the bride and wedding party involved in the planning process. With endless options—all offering different celebrations—selecting a location can be overwhelming. When deciding on a location it’s important to take into account the desired weekend vibe, accommodation availability, and activities offered.
If you’re in need of destination ideas, here are some of the most popular U.S. bachelorette party locations fit for any type of celebration:
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- Austin, Texas
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Napa Valley, California
- Los Angeles, California
- Miami, Florida
- New York, New York
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Las Vegas, Nevada
Whether you’re staying at a hotel or a fun Airbnb for the bachelorette party, grab some alcohol-removed wine (we like Lali brand) to keep the party going without the hangover.
Plan The Itinerary
After the major decisions have been made, it’s time to tackle the itinerary. Make sure it’s tailored to the bride and compliments the bride’s interests. Does the bride enjoy nature? Plan an incredible hike! Is the bride a wine lover? Plan a winery tour instead. We recommend researching your chosen location and searching for bachelorette party ideas that are as unique as the bride.
Personalize The Celebration
From wine glasses to matching Pj’s, and even coordinating shirts and outfits—there are many ways to personalize a bachelorette party. This is your chance, as the party planner, to get creative.
Here are a few of our favorite unique bachelorette party items to get your creativity rolling:
- Bachelorette Party Snapchat Filter
- Party In A Box: Bachelorette Party Decorations
- Inflatable Diamond Ring Pool Float
- Customizable Pajama Set
- Disco Ball Drinking Cups
- Personalized Wine Tumbler
- Bachelorette Party Tattoos
- Big Head Party Cutouts
- Bachelorette Party Beach Hats
- Party Games for Bachelorettes
- Bachelorette Party T-shirts
- Themed Bride and Groom Piñatas
Now that the hard part is done, it’s time to pack your bags and celebrate. For those looking for more ideas that are sure to make for an unforgettable celebration, you won’t want to miss these bachelorette party activities that will reconnect the crew.
If coordinating and scheduling an in-person bachelorette party is too difficult, not all is lost—check out these ten virtual bachelorette party ideas too.