How to Plan a Bachelorette Party

It’s that time of year when weddings are taking place all the time and that means bachelorette parties are as well. These parties can be fun and sexy if done the right way. So we’re offering you some tips to make sure that your bachelorette party is a huge success!

These parties have been a wedding tradition for a long time, when the groom was given a chance to let loose before settling down with his new wife. Those old-fashioned times are long gone (thank goodness!), and these days women celebrate their upcoming weddings with their closest pals too.

If you’re in charge of putting your best friend’s bash together, read on for the full rundown of everything bachelorette party from the planning stage to the day of the party.

Hosts: Virtually anyone can host a bachelorette party. Often the maid of honor and bridesmaids, who are close to the bride, do the honors, but any friend, relative, or even coworkers can plan this one.

Guest List: Shower guests must all be invited to the wedding, but this isn’t necessarily true for bachelorette parties. Chances are that most bachelorette party guests are wedding guests, too, but it’s fine to invite coworkers or neighbors who may not be invited to a small or out-of-town wedding. It’s usually best to keep this party pretty small: definitely under 20, and under 10 is probably ideal.

Pick a Date: Don’t plan it for the night before the wedding – the last thing the bride needs is a hangover! She’ll be nervous enough; she shouldn’t have to worry about getting sick, not to mention feeling and looking exhausted. Plus, the rehearsal dinner is usually scheduled for that night, anyway.

Plan Ahead: One person can plan the entire bash, or several people can collaborate. Some bachelorette hosts ask for a donation from each guest or co-host, depending on the type of party, whether you’re renting a private room in a restaurant or taking everyone for an afternoon of spa treatments, for example. A fabulous time can be had by all for less money than you might think.

Spread the Word: Store-bought invitations will do, or make your own with a desktop publishing program or paper and glue. Choose or design with a theme in mind, even if it’s as simple as the bride’s favorite color. Some hostesses forgo official invitations and just call guests a few weeks before the wedding—it all depends on the type of party you’re planning.

Party Time: Bachelorette parties are more laid-back and less structured than traditional bridal showers. There is no “typical” bash – the point is to reminisce, laugh, act silly and maybe embarrass the bride at least a little.

Gifts: The bachelorette party is not a gift party in the same way a bridal shower is, so presents aren’t necessary. That said, this is a great opportunity for guests to give the bride silly gifts (or even sexy ones like the lingerie or sex toys that were just too risqué for the shower!).

If you’re hosting a party at your place, consider some of the following bachelorette-themed party items:

  • Bridal apparel such as boas, tiaras, veils and sashes;
  • Bridal party ID buttons;
  • Add some fun decorations (get creative);
  • Whip up some penis-shaped cupcakes or lollipops;
  • Drink beverages from special shot glasses using dicky straws;
  • Games such as party mug shots and Pin the Macho on the Man.

So there you have it…go forth and host a fabulous bachelorette party!