Best Tips for Planning a Bachelorette Party in 2021
By Alice Bradford
Before their big day, brides have to do a lot of planning. That’s why it’s always great to give them a night to remember by throwing them a great bachelorette party. Having all the gals come together for a night out or a weekend getaway can be just the boost the bride-to-be needs before her wedding. If you've taken it upon yourself to do this, here are a few things that could help you out:
Set your budget and guest list
Bachelorette parties can get very expensive, especially when things are unplanned. According to a survey by WeddingWire, the average cost of a bachelorette party is $708 per person — save for the bride, of course! If you don’t want things to get out of hand, make sure you already have a set budget in mind. Settle on your guest list beforehand, and confer with them on how the bill will be settled. This is an important base whether you are planning it yourself or hiring a party planner.
By doing this ahead of time, it can help you plan for a night without breaking the bank. According to Marcus’ guide to budgeting, the earlier you budget the more in control you will be, and the better you will be able to prioritize. This is key if you only have limited funds but still want to make sure everyone has a good time. Do you really need to go out of state and pay for plane tickets to have fun? Is a spa experience a non-negotiable part of your trip? What kind of food and refreshments do you need at the party? These are some of the choices you'll have to make. And once you’ve got all the essentials paid for, you can allot some free funds for extra spending with no worries.
Make sure everyone is game
In terms of logistics and budgeting, you also want to make sure everyone is actually available. This rings especially true in 2021, where lockdowns and vaccinations need to be taken into account. Consider the guests’ schedules as well as their relationships with each other. You don’t want to have to manage any awkwardness, especially when the focus should be on the bride. You also want to acquaint yourself with each guest’s comfort level. It will help you map out your itinerary, so that no one has to feel uneasy during any activities you may have in mind.
Base the themes and activities on the bride
If you’re thinking of making it a themed event, make sure you keep the bride updated. Even if you want to keep an element of surprise, keep in mind that the party is really meant to cater to her interests and tastes. So, even when you have group activities in mind, it’s best to come from an angle that considers the bride’s perspective. This is especially important when setting the dates and making the guest list. After all, it could really dampen the party if you bring out a cake in a flavor she isn't fond of, or accidentally invite an estranged friend.
Make sure everyone’s arrangements are settled
It’s always good practice to send out invites early on so guests have time to RSVP. A week before the actual event, you’ll want to confirm their attendance so you don't have to make any last minute changes. With that in mind, you’ll also want to iron out how each person’s transportation will be handled and where everyone will be staying. In general, this helps avoid miscommunication and losses. That said, this is something you need to pay even more mind to in the post-coronavirus world.
According to the CDC’s guide for testing and travel, it’s best to plan any airport and destination requirements ahead of time and get tested before flying out. Check local and state rules for travel, and make sure each guest tests negative before traveling. It would be a good idea to stay home as much as possible a week prior to leaving.
Keep a Plan B
Things may not always work out as expected, so be ready for any hiccups. The risk of sudden changes is higher, too, now that the world is in a seemingly more unpredictable state. Consider virtual options, and find ways to still connect with each other for a fun group activity. For example, you could have a virtual happy hour like the ones suggested in Neelab Hussaini’s article on this new trend.
According to a survey with over 27,000 respondents for The Knot, bachelorette parties are considered the most popular pre-wedding festivity. That means you don't want to disappoint the bride and her bridal party at such a highly anticipated event. Hopefully, these tips can help you deliver!
Article written by Alice Bradford —for the exclusive use of thirstynest.com