There are so many things to consider when planning a bachelorette party, so here is a guide to making it a success:
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Who is invited?
Draw up a list of who the bride would like to have at her party and if anyone is a “must”. Find out where she knows them from and if it’s likely some of them haven’t met each other before, plan an ice-breaker activity.
How much do you want to spend?
Check what budget people are happy with and aim to stick to this budget to ensure everyone who is invited can afford to go.
Where do you want to go?
Do you want to go abroad or celebrate in this country? If you decide to go abroad, bear in mind that you will need group health insurance in case of emergencies. Find out if the bride has any places she would really love to go and think about how long you’re going for. This will depend on the budget set. Research locations and accommodation and ask if there are group discounts for bookings.
When do you want the party?
It is usual to have the bachelorette party around 6-8 weeks before the wedding day. Consult the bride initially for a list of as many dates as possible then consult her guest list. Set up a group chat on WhatsApp or Facebook messenger to confirm the date and give an estimated budget.
What activities do you want to do?
Consider your guest list to ensure the activities you choose will suit everyone invited. Ask them for activity ideas and if they can get quotes from different companies to find the best deals. A good idea is to have three different activities in the morning, afternoon and evening which can suit different budgets. This might include a gentle activity to start off the day, more engaging activity in the afternoon and a more social evening activity. Think about food and drink; as well as breakfast, lunch and evening meal, you may also want snacks, hot drinks, cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Factor these into the budget and check what everyone is happiest doing so that the costs can be divided fairly.
What will make it special?
Remember to budget for decorations and added extras to make the party memorable. You might want to order custom t-shirts and party bags for everyone attending. Think about what games you might want to play, what songs you could listen to and get some ideas and help from the guests; remember to consider how the bride will feel about your decisions.
Finalise all the details via your group chat. Break down how much each part of the day will cost, give an idea of timings and let guests know what to wear, what to bring and what theme there will be. Make sure money is collected in advance and give a deadline to pay by. Consider transport to the chosen venue and parking availability if necessary. Ensure everyone has your contact details to help you keep in touch on the day and think about what you are going to tell the bride and what can be kept a secret. Enjoy it!
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