Gather a bunch of buddies, go a place either locally or to, say, Vegas, drink a bunch of beer and be around girls who are really there more for the entertainment of the guests than the guest of honor. That’s your typical bachelor party.
For girls, tho, getting a group together for a final singles farewell is not so simple. It requires a lot more planning and with that in mind, here are tips on how you determine where with whom to have a bachelorette party.
Choosing Where To Have A Bachelorette Party
Ahh, the venue or the location.
The first thing you need to do in this area is to figure out if are you having it locally or do you want to go on a trip? If it’s the latter, here are a few thoughts.
The aforementioned Las Vegas is also a popular destination for girls, but you can also rent a cozy cabin in the mountains or go to a warm and sunny beach. Decide what kind of bachelorette party you want to have – a spiritual one of a party one. If it’s the latter Vegas is great and for those in the South and Midwest USA, a more casual alternative (and maybe even more fun) is New Orleans.
That same decision – spiritual or party – needs to be determined even if you are staying local.
If it’s something quiet, then find a local company that will set up a picnic in a park or on a beach, for example. Organize a group hike or bike ride followed by a healthy lunch or dinner. Also consider taking a tour; many cities around the world have companies that give e-bike and even food tours.
For the party people – which, quite frankly, involves most bachelorette parties – then you will want a lively restaurant, bar or even a nightclub. And here are some tips on how to go about setting this up for a grand night.
Pick a place you are all familiar with and like. Go in and see the manager or better yet, the owner. Do this in at least two weeks in advance. Tell him or her what it is you want (a private area, if possible), how many guests you expect, what you would like in terms of food and drinks and any other reasonable requests you have in mind.
Ask for a group discount, even all-night happy hour prices on drinks. First of all, it never hurts to ask and from the manager/owner’s standpoint, he or she is getting a lot of guaranteed business and they should work to accommodate their regular guests.
Choosing The Right Guests To Invite To A Bachelorette Party
This is really the most important aspect of having a bachelorette party. After all, the bride-to-be and organizers should be relaxed while having a good time.
They key on whom to invite is to make it close friends, and perhaps even co-workers, who know and like the bride. Ideally, these are people who have known the bride for a long time, perhaps even going back to childhood.
You also want to be careful and not offend anybody. You don’t want a person or persons going behind your back saying to others “well so and so got invited but not me.” Choose your guests carefully.
The biggest tip is not to invite a drama queen. Someone who makes drama out of everything – the venue, the meal, the service, whatever – and turns the focus of attention on her. Don’t even think of inviting anybody whom you know comes with drama.
The entire point of a bachelorette party is to celebrate the marriage of a good friend in a fun, lively and stress-free environment. Enjoy it and have fun with it. Who knows – the bride may one day be throwing a bachelorette party for you.