October’s Guest Blogger: Molly Benbrook!
Don’t miss this post on planning the perfect bachelorette trip. Molly, a sensational trip planner, has great tips for all you MOH’s and Bridesmaids!
Enjoy her post on hosting a bachelorette bash!
The main rule to remember when you are faced with the task of planning a bachelorette party is that there is no “wrong” way to do it so have fun with it! Every bride is unique so this is a chance to really get creative and plan a party (or trip) tailored to her interests and personality. The following are guidelines that I have found helpful when planning a bachelorette party.
A good place to start is getting in touch with the bride and discussing her wishes for the event. After touching base with her, it’s very important to communicate with the other bridesmaids and people attending the bachelorette party. Establishing an open pathway of communication early on allows everyone to get on the same page about scheduling and budgets. Before the location ideas get churning in full force, it’s important to pick a spot that will be special for the bride while financially feasible for all involved. If budget or scheduling is an issue, consider possibly having a night out near home rather than a weekend getaway. You could also check out Airbnb for a cheaper lodging alternative than a hotel. Additionally, you could consider a location that is driving distance rather than flying to save a few bucks on transportation costs. After location is decided upon, early commitment from all guests is encouraged in order to make booking lodging and activities in advance possible.
When considering activities, take a moment to consider some of the bride’s hobbies. Is she the ultimate foodie? Maybe consider a cooking class or a food tour. Does she love to be pampered? Take her to a spa. Does she love to put her toes in the sand? A beach trip could be a great option for this bride. Does she have a taste for wine/beer? Perhaps consider a winery/brewery tour. Like I previously mentioned, include the other guests while planning as much as possible! The bride chose those ladies for a reason and incorporating everyone’s ideas can offer a fresh perspective that you might not have considered.
The key to organizing an unforgettable bachelorette party is to give yourself plenty of time to plan. If you are planning a weekend getaway, I’d recommend at least 3 to 4 months to allow yourself a smooth planning process, leaving room for changes and any unforeseen problems. After the location, transportation, and major activity plans are confirmed, it’s time to focus on the details, such as reservations, invitations, and party accessories. It’s a good idea to make reservations at restaurants early in order to establish a secure itinerary but don’t forget to call the week before to confirm. Try to get invitations sent out at least 1 month before the event. (A website I particularly like for invitations is Zazzle).
Ultimately, it is crucial to remember that the trip is about the bride and making her feel like a queen so plan early, always keep her in mind, and pack your party pants for a memorable bachelorette party!
Best of luck!
A few pics from my BachBash! Molly and my sweet bridesmaids sure know how to make a girl feel special!! Memories of a lifetime!!