Long hailed as the “last night of freedom”, bachelorette parties are still sometimes associated with alcohol-infused bar hops, boundlessly excited bridesmaids, and the bride herself dancing on top of the bar. While all these options are perfectly acceptable (and highly recommended), over the years, the bachelorette parties acquired a certain degree of sophistication. Today, it is not uncommon for those closest to the future wife to gather for a truly lavish event. We talk matching swimsuits, private boat charters, and even personalized hashtags! Here is everything you need to know to plan a perfect bachelorette party for your client.
Who Throws The Bachelorette Party?
The first and, perhaps, most important question is who ought to be the host. While the answer might vary on a case-by-case basis, usually the person responsible for this part of the wedding is the maid of honor. However, other options such as all the bridesmaids or the bride’s close friends are perfectly welcome. While not mandatory, it is common to keep the bride out of the planning process (unless she prefers otherwise, of course).
Secondly, who is to shoulder the financial burden? Traditionally, each bachelorette party attendee pays his or her own way through the celebration and also chips in to cover the cost of the bride. However, if the party is a full-blown destination weekend involving plane tickets and accommodation, it is not uncommon for the future wife to pay for herself. Since normally the bachelorette party happens one-two months before the big day, budgeting enough time for the logistics is crucial.
Cherry-picking among guests isn’t always the easiest decision for the organizers. The general rule of thumb is to invite just the bridal party, however, many future wives are keen to extend that list to a larger circle of family, friends, and even members of their partner’s inner circle. If asked for advice, it makes sense to stress the importance of sticking to the original budget while also reminding the client that rules vary from being loose to non-existent, and the chances to offend anyone by excluding them from the bachelorette party are minuscule.
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Finally, when all the basic questions are out of the way, it is time to open the planner. Figuring out the final guest list and destination is the number one priority. If your client is up for the splendid Mediterranean sun not only for the wedding but for the bachelorette party as well, look no further! Here is our take on some of the best destinations in Greece.
Once these details are sorted, it is time to book hotels and get your clients hyped up with a list of exciting activities. The last two important points to keep in mind are the timeline – booking tickets and lodging tends to be cheaper at least six months in advance – and RSVPs! Since not everyone regards a bachelorette party as an official event, some people might forget to confirm their attendance. Having a plan B for an unexpected guest or two is always a good idea.
Overall, as bachelorette parties are rapidly gaining popularity and changing their outlook towards something more sophisticated, there is an increasing demand for quality planning of such an important event. While there is no specific guidance as to what a perfect party should look like, it seems to us that the light Mediterranean breeze and mouthwatering cuisine could never ruin the day.