Wedding season is always a fun time, especially when you’re in the wedding party!
Planning the bride/grooms weekend of fun may seem like a daunting task at first, but with correct planning (and people in charge!), it can be an exciting event that they will remember forever!
Listed below are our top tips and words of wisdom for planning the best Bachelor/Bachelorette Party!
First: Who should plan the party?
Usually the bride/groom will choose their Maid of Honor or Best Man to undergo party planning duties, but sometimes those people aren’t necessarily cut out for organizing big events. It’s really up to whomever the bride/groom trusts with planning such an event and knows that said party planner would do an excellent job of inviting the right people and making the weekend as special as possible! A Bachelor/Bachelorette Party is all about excitement and fun and should be planned by someone who wants nothing but the best for their bride/groom!
Secondly: Who should all come?
Another big question to consider is the guest list. Everyone is different and has their own circle of friends, but in some cases friend circles may collide and, unfortunately, might clash. First thing to consider is how many people you plan on inviting and who specifically you want to come. If the bride/groom is thinking of inviting their older family members, maybe include activities that they would like. If different friendship groups are coming together for the party, maybe do a meet up a la “Bridesmaids” (sans the sickness!) so that everyone is familiar with each other.
The most important thing to remember when choosing the guest list is that the Bachelor/Bachelorette weekend is supposed to be a fun fete! Anyone who may cause drama or bring negativity to the party unfortunately should not be invited due to the possibility of unnecessary drama happening.
Third: When Should You Plan the Party?
Ideally, you want to plan the party in a nice window of time so that it is not too far away from the event or too soon. You probably want to plan a month or two before the actual wedding so that the party buzz carries over into the main event! You also may want to consider what months to travel in, but that goes into the next bullet point!
Fourth: Where Should the Party Be?
If you are the designated party planner, the first thing you should do is ask your bride/groom where they would want to go to for their party! After they decide, it is up to the party planner to start deciding what activities should be done, some spots where everyone can go out and have fun, etc. Also make sure to consider which season you guys plan to travel and pack accordingly.
Fifth: What Are the Top Locations for Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties?
Once you all have decided when to go and which general area you would like the party to be in, then it is time to pick a specific spot! There are the obvious spots like Las Vegas, Cancun or Hollywood, but sometimes it is fun to go outside of the norm and branch out! Obviously decipher a spot with the bride/groom, but maybe ask them how far they are wiling to travel and if they want to venture to a spot they are comfortable with or one that they have always wanted to go to but never had the chance! Some great options for a unique bachelor/bachelorette weekend would be:
Austin, Texas: This city boasts great food, a lively bar scene and natural watering holes that have been said to have healing properties (good-bye hangover!)
Seattle, Washington: Home of the OG Starbucks, this city is great for coffee snobs and foodies alike! It is also a very walk able city; just make sure to catch the forecast before heading there and pack an umbrella just in case!
Palm Springs, California: If fun pool parties are your guys’ thing but you don’t want to have to deal with Vegas level crowds, Palm Springs is the next best place!
Six: How Much is this Going to Cost?
So once you have decided the guest list, the location and when it will be, it now comes down to the nitty gritty details of how much the entire party will cost. Obviously this is not the most glamorous part of party planning, but it does give everyone a chance to see if they can afford to go and/or how much they should be saving up. In our linked video, we get into a little more detail on exact numbers. It is a good rule of thumb to go over costs with the bride/groom before sending out invitations so that you can set the best budget for the group!
And there you have it, some of our best tips and advice for throwing the best bachelorette/bachelor party! The mains things to remember for this exciting weekend is to be safe, leave the drama behind and have fun with your bride/groom before the big day!
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