This blog was originally published in 2014; we have since updated it to reflect the most current and accurate information possible.
While you may not enjoy the bachelorette party more than you do your wedding, some ladies actually look forward to it more than they do the ceremony.
This may be attributed to the fact that the party is planned by someone else, so there isn’t any stress on their shoulders.
The bride is able to just relax and truly enjoy themselves.
If you happen to be given the prestigious position of maid of honor, the responsibility of planning an unforgettable last night out falls on you.
It is possible to plan a great night out without driving yourself insane with an overload of details and deadlines.
If you prepare far enough in advance, you may be able to enjoy the festivities just as much as the bride.
Three Months or More in Advance
The first thing you need to find out is what the bride expects for her bachelorette party.
Does she like the idea of a quiet weekend getaway with her girls, or is she the hard partying type that would want a crazy night on the town?
It wouldn’t be a good idea to plan a wild night out if she prefers a quiet night in.
Once you’ve come to an agreement on what kind of event to have, the next thing is to set a date. Work with the bride and the rest of her bridal party to ensure you pick a date that is convenient for everyone.
Now that you’ve got a plan set in motion and an estimated date for the festivities, work with the bride to create a guest list.
Two Months in Advance
Now is a good time to send out some requests to your invitees to see if they can save the date for the bachelorette party.
This allows plenty of time for people to make arrangements to attend. Be sure to include as many specifics as possible, especially if the event is to be held far from home.
If you are planning a weekend away or a night on the town, start calling around for transportation ideas. You can book a limousine or limo coach to cart you and girls around so everyone can enjoy beverages to their hearts’ content without worrying about driving home.
One Month in Advance
Start sending out invitations to everyone on your guest list.
While emailing and calling is perfectly acceptable, people tend to remember events and details regarding the festivities when they have it in print.
If you’ve planned on having the party at a club or restaurant, call ahead and set your reservations now. Nothing ruins a good night out like getting to your destination only to be told there isn’t any space for your party.
Should the party be held exclusively at someone’s home, plan now for any games or gags you plan on having.
Divvy up assignments amongst the bridesmaids for who will be responsible for decorations, buying alcohol, setting up the stereo, and selecting music or entertainment.
One Week in Advance
The big night is just around the corner, so now is a good time to confirm RSVPs, transportation arrangements, and reservations.
You can also verify that all the bachelorette party novelties have been purchased along with any gifts you and the bridal party will be giving the bride.
The night before, just make sure everyone is fully aware of the plans and let the bride in on some of the upcoming festivities.
Although, it is perfectly fine to keep her in the dark about any surprises you may have planned.
Now that the big day has arrived, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Everyone will have an amazing time, so just make sure everyone parties responsibly so they can remember this wonderful night for years to come.