The bachelorette party should be all about how the bride-to-be wants to celebrate her last days as a single woman. Keep in mind these 10 dos and don’ts brought to you by Evite and Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs for a bachelorette bash to remember.
- Do consult the bride on what kind of party she wants. This is the most important step to ensure the bride-to-be is happy, comfortable, and having the time of her life! If she’s not the partying type, a relaxing girls’ spa day would be perfect. Don’t go against her wishes just because you want a rager.
- Do communicate what’s expected of the attendees early on. Get the guests’ input, then keep in touch with them about dates, attire and the like. The cost of the bachelorette is traditionally split among attendees, so be sure to let them know the cost amount ahead of time, too.
- Do ask the bride’s fiancé if he’d like to send a note or bottle of Champagne to the event. While this is her “last hurrah,” it’s still nice to get a sweet token from the hubby-to-be.
- Do plan for transportation for the group. You want the group to have a wild and crazy time, but you also want them to be safe. Renting a limo or minibus or taking taxis everywhere means the party moves but doesn’t stop. Even if you’re planning a tame event, rolling together makes it more fun!
- Do take lots of photos. She’ll love looking back at this special day with her best gal pals (even if some of the pix are blackmail-worthy!).
- Don’t plan the party the night before the wedding — in fact, avoid the week of the wedding altogether if possible. The guest of honor should be able to let loose and have fun without worrying about the impending wedding.
- Don’t mandate that everyone spend a lot of money for the event. Guests may have different income levels and feel resentful. If you want to do something extravagant, you’ll need to kick in a little extra for it.
- Don’t plan to “just party.” Organize activities and games to help guests bond and give the event structure. Games may seem silly at first, but they’re great icebreakers for girls who don’t know each other.
- Don’t invite her mother or mother-in-law. It doesn’t matter how “cool” she is, it’s just… no.
- Don’t make the bride wear something she’s uncomfortable in. Something fun like a veil or a “Future Mrs.” shirt can help her stand out, but only if she’s on board with wearing it.