Remember who this party is for
You might have your own ideas about what makes a great party, but remember that this party isn’t for you. An essential factor in determining how to plan the ultimate bachelorette party is considering what the bachelorette herself wants. Where does she want to go? What activities does she enjoy? What are her favorite foods? Don’t be afraid to sit down in-person and ask for her input. It might spoil the surprise somewhat, but it guarantees your party will be the best it can be.
At the same time, the bachelorette should be able to sit back and not have to worry about the little details. Talk to her about what she wants, but don’t drag her into being a co-planner. Take initiative. Ask the other partiers to pitch in and assign everyone their own tasks and responsibilities. One person can be in charge of making reservations while another person arranges for entertainment. Pool your resources.
Pick the perfect place and time
Location, location, location! The most important part of a destination bachelorette party, other than the bachelorette, is the destination. Try to find a party spot that the bride-to-be has always wanted to visit or which lends itself to the kinds of activities she enjoys. If she likes to have fun in the sun, consider somewhere like Tampa. If she’s dazzled by celebrity, check out Los Angeles.
Timing also plays an important role. For instance, if the wedding is set for late February/early March, why not have the bachelorette party in Louisiana during Mardi Gras, when every inch of New Orleans real estate is teeming with revelers? Look at the calendar and see if there are any special events happening around the time of your party that might help propel your festivities to a higher level.
Eat, drink, and be responsible
You can’t have fun on an empty stomach and you can’t have a great party without some tasty adult beverages. Figure out how you’re going to meet those needs: Planning on a fancy restaurant dinner in New York City followed by a night out clubbing? Or do you want to rent a private beach in Honolulu and hire your own caterers and bar staff? Answering these questions months in advance will give you a much-needed head-start in nailing down a budget.
One thing to keep in mind that often gets overlooked is safety. No one wants to be told to “be responsible” at a bachelorette party, but no one wants to get into a mess they’ll regret either. If you’re planning to bar hop, instead of taking your own car or an Uber, get a limo for the night so you can have a driver who you know will keep you safe. Choose a couple of friends who are willing to forgo drinking in favor of keeping order when things get chaotic. A good bachelorette party should be a night the bride will always remember, not one she wants to forget.
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Michael R. has been an SEO content writer since 2018. He has contributed to digital marketing and business-related articles that have appeared in Forbes, Inc., and various other publications. Outside of work, he enjoys reading and playing video games.