If you are a maid of honor, a friend, or the bride, planning a bachelorette party can be quite stressful. I myself have been a maid of honor and let me tell you, the whole process can be overwhelming. However, let me reassure you that once everything is organized and planned out, it is so rewarding and fun! I have created a step-by-step guide for the girl who has no idea where to begin.
Step 1: Talk to the Bride
The first thing you want to do is have a discussion with the bride. Whether she wants to be surprised or be involved in the planning, either way, you will want to get some ideas for what she wants. Ask her if there’s anything specific she would love to do. Or ask her if there’s any place she would love to go. Make a list of ideas the bride throws your way. That way when you are planning the party, it will be easier to find stuff to do.
Step 2: Create a Group Message
This step will depend on if the bride is involved in planning or not. If she wants to be surprised, then create a group message with everyone in the bridal party/who will be invited to the bachelorette party… do NOT include the bride in this group message if she wants to be surprised. Also, let the group know not to spill the beans to the bride. This group message is perfect for ideas, planning, and updates.
Step 3: Find a Cute & Comfortable Dress
Finding an outfit to wear for the bachelorette can be tricky because you want to look cute but don’t want to be uncomfortable the entire time. At First Harvest, we have adorably comfortable dresses for brides/bridesmaids attending a bachelorette party!
Step 4: Planning
This is the most crucial step but also the most fun. If the bachelorette party is an all-day event, make an itinerary and a cost sheet. It is usually appropriate to pay for the bride’s day. What you can do is take the cost of the bride and divide it equally among the bridesmaids. Try to call and reserve things at least 3 weeks in advance. Coming up with ideas can be difficult. So I have included the all-day bachelorette party I recently attended.
Touring a Chocolate Factory
The first place we went to was a chocolate factory. We walked around the factory and got to see how they make their gourmet chocolate. And as an added bonus, we got FREE SAMPLES. After the tour, we sat down at a table, ate chocolate, and talked for a while before our next stop.
Painting mugs was one of my favorite activities we did that day. It was relaxing and the perfect way to hang out with everyone.
Bowling & Pizza
After painting mugs, we took the bride to a bowling alley. We bowled, ate pizza, and laughed the entire time because some of us, me, stunk at bowling.
Mall Scavenger Hunt
To burn off some calories and kill time we headed to the local mall for a scavenger hunt. Everyone paired up and was sent a list of things they needed to accomplish within 30 minutes. This was a selfie scavenger hunt. For example, one of the items on the list said, “take a selfie with a salesperson.” This way no one had to spend money. At the end of the 30 minutes, everyone met up by the fountain and the winners got a small prize.
Dinner at the Bride’s Favorite Restaurant
One of the last places we went to was the bride’s favorite restaurant for dinner.
Back to the Bride’s House for Games and Mimosas
And finally, we went back to the bride’s house for games and mimosas! Each one of the bridesmaids brought their own unique bachelorette game to play.
Step 5: The Little Things
Before the big day, run the itinerary by the bridal party, get the amount they owe before making reservations (don’t forget the bride), and finally get a ‘Bride to Be’ sash for the bride! Let the bride know when the day will begin and you are ready to party!
Have fun and good luck!!