A Quick Guide to Planning Your Friend's Bachelorette Party

Your best friend has made you Maid of Honor at their wedding. It's so exciting, and you're honored that they love and trust you so much. But it comes with responsibilities too. You have to do more than stand and look pretty on the wedding day. 

One of your most important duties is planning the bachelorette party. Perhaps your friend has given you some direction or maybe they have let you have free reign over what you decide to do. Either way, you've got some work to do. There's a lot of pressure to get it right, but just remember to keep the bride's feelings in mind at all times.

Discuss with the Bride
If you haven't already, your first step should be to have a discussion with the bride. You need to get a feel for the sort of thing she wants to do. You might end up with only a vague idea, but at least you will have something to start with. If she insists it's up to you, try to get her to set at least one rule she want you to follow. You never know if you might plan something you think she'll love and she turns out to hate it. She might have specific instructions, but she might just say that she wants something relaxed or adventurous.

Explore Your Options
Once you have some idea of what the bride is looking for, you can do some research. You might have a wide range of options to choose from a few suggestions from your bride. Before you start looking at possibilities, think about what the atmosphere of the party will be. Consider a few factors such as what time of day it will, how long it will last, and how much everyone can spend. When you have defined these important parameters, you can look for suitable activities. You might discover ideas for something you can plan yourself, or you might want to book an activity, day out, or even weekend away.

Get Quotes
Money is important when it comes to planning a bachelorette party. Unless all the guests are rolling in money, they probably want to limit their spending. You and the other bridesmaids are already paying for other wedding costs. Anyone else coming to the wedding probably has other expenses too. So it's vital to find out how much everyone is willing to spend. Once you have a rough budget, collect some quotes from different vendors. You might want to rent a bus for a party, book a restaurant for dinner, or find an activity you can all do. See if you can negotiate on some prices to find the best deal.

A Note on Guests
Sometimes, who should be invited is the hardest thing to decide. When you're creating a guest list, it's essential to work with the bride. She will help you with who must be invited and who to leave out. If you don't consult with her, you could miss someone important.

The bachelorette party is your chance to show your friend how much you love her and how well you know her. Work with her to plan the perfect event before her wedding day.


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