Traditionally, the maid of honor is in charge of spearheading the bachelorette party planning. However, if the maid of honor is not taking charge, it is up to the rest of the bridesmaids to pick up the slack and start planning. One person close to the bride should nail down the basic logistics such as place, time and activities, but the details can be easily delegated to other bridesmaids.
Here are the main items that need to be planned for the bachelorette party, which can be divvied up between the bridesmaids. Delegating portions of the planning will help everyone feel involved and ensures that no one bridesmaid gets too overwhelmed:
Bachelorette Party Games and Gag Gifts
Transportation (avoid any bachelorette party guests drinking and driving)
Food & Alcohol(restaurant, catering or cooked)
Entertainment (bars, clubs, in-home parties, wine tasting, male revue, etc.)
Invitations & RSVP management
How to Plan a Bachelorette Party
Step 1: Find Out What She Wants
Dragging a reluctant bride to drop dollars into a gyrating man-thong might be funny to watch, but chances are she could think of much better ways to spend an evening with her favorite girlfriends. The best way to find out what she wants to do is simply to ask. Getting the bride's input will help steer the planning in the right direction, and does not have to ruin the surprise of the bachelorette party festivities. All the planners need is a general direction from the guest of honor, and then they can run with the idea as they see fit, keeping all the details a surprise.
Step 2: Choose An Activity
If the bride has given vague directions on how she envisions her bachelorette party, this list of activities should help guide you in planning the night.
Mellow and Laid Back Bachelorette Party Ideas:
In-home wine tasting or wine bar
Group Cooking Class
Catered Meal and Movies
Day at the beach or lake
Girls Night Out Bachelorette Party Ideas:
Table at a hot club in town
Wine tasting weekend trip
Booze cruise or limo bus with alcohol onboard
Naughty Bachelorette Party Ideas:
Penis paraphernalia party (penis straws, cupcakes, hats, necklaces, maracas, cakes, etc.)
All male revue
Strip club workout class
In-home male stripper to kick off the night
In-home "romance party" (a la Tupperware party) with naughty gifts and toys
Step 3: Do The Research
Before booking anything, always do your research. The bride will (hopefully) only have one bachelorette party, so it pays to make sure her night goes off without a hitch.
Consulting free online guides like Yelp, Citysearch and Yahoo are great ways to do quick research on places you are planning to visit for the bachelorette party.
Read through both the good and bad reviews, and take everything with a grain of salt. If possible, get someone's opinion who you trust who has been to the location before booking a reservation.
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