Bachelorette Party

Last updated: October 05, 2009

The bachelorette party is a time for close girl friends to get together and help the bride to experience her "last night of freedom" being single.  Anyone can host the bachelorette party, but the maid of honor is usually the one to do so.  All of the attendees should get together beforehand and go over ideas, set a date, choose what they are going to do, and make necessary arrangements.  Here are some tips to help you plan an unforgettable "final fling"!

Invite good friends and female siblings (depending on age) of the bride.  Depending on how close the mother and bride are, and what kind of party it is going to be, you might also invite the mother of the bride.  Decide if you want to have a small or large crowd.  Keep in mind that the larger the party, the harder to keep everyone together, and the more expensive.  Normally, all guests contribute to the cost of the party.  Don't forget to figure in possible unexpected expenses, as well as gratuity.

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Decide what you want to do.  It can be anything from mild to wild!  Talk with a couple friends that are attending and come up with some ideas.  As the bride's closest friend, you probably know her best, so think about what she would like to do.  The party may be a surprise or planned with the bride.  A common theme is the strip club/stripper party, but lately people have been leaning toward more creative activities based on what the bride's interest or hobbies are.  Maybe the bride would like a nice day of pampering with her closest friends... book some time at a spa resort!  If your friend is the low-key type, have a party at someone's house, or book a private room in a restaurant.

If you plan on a long night of drinking, put something in your stomach first!  Make a reservation at the bride's favorite restaurant, have a backyard BBQ, rent a hall and have food catered.

Next, think about entertainment.  Come up with fun games, a scavenger hunt, rent a DJ.  Gifts are not required, but it can be fun!  You might ask everyone to bring a gag gift, or a sexy gift.  You can even incorporate these into a game... for every dare the bride completes, she gets a gift!

You should start planning a couple months before the wedding.  Be sure to give all attendees enough time to clear their calendar.  You may choose to have the bachelorette party on the same date as the bachelor party.  Set the date at least a week before the wedding, but most definitely NOT the night before the wedding!  You don't want the gals to be exhausted and hungover on the big day!

Depending on what you choose to do, start making arrangements.  Maybe you want to go bar hopping, chill at a club, go to a casino, party at a friend's house.  For things like renting a hall or private room, be sure to book early and also check if they provide equipment such as tables, chairs, etc.  If you plan on going lots of places and/or doing lots of drinking, make arrangements for transportation.  Limos are nice, but can get expensive.  Consider renting a large SUV or van and choose a designated driver.

Popular bachelorette party ideas:
  • Amusement party
  • Bar hopping
  • Camping
  • Comedy club
  • Concert
  • Country club
  • Dance clubs
  • Exotic dance lessons
  • Fondue party
  • Ice skating
  • Karaoke
  • Mardi Gras
  • Movie theater
  • Musical/play
  • Restuarant
  • Road trip
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Skiing
  • Spa resort
  • Strip club
  • Yacht party