So you found the man of your dreams and you’re about to get hitched? Congratulations! But before you take the plunge and promise to only sleep with one man for the rest of your life, get some good old-fashioned partying out of your system with a bachelorette party (or a hen’s party or hen’s night if you live somewhere other than the United States.)
Etiquette tells us that one or more of the women in the wedding party (i.e. the maid of honor and bridesmaids) should throw the bachelorette party. But what if you’ve never hosted one before? It’s a lot of pressure to make sure the bride has an amazing time on one of her last nights of “freedom.” The following are some great places to celebrate getting hitched.
1. A spa.
If the bride and/or a majority of the social circle don’t really drink, then a spa is a great location to host a bachelorette party. Pick a date, contact the guest list and see who’s interested and can afford to spend time getting pampered at the local spa.
Make sure all the girls get manicures and pedicures for some together time, and then tell everyone they can tack on whatever other services they’d like to get done. As the hostess, you’re in charge of booking everything and making sure it’s organized to perfection.
2. A house party.
If you’re on a budget, then throw a house party in honor of the bride-to-be. Make some easy dishes that can be prepared ahead of time like orzo salad, chicken skewers, green salad, a cheese and fruit plate and mini cupcakes.
Have games planned with fun prizes, a specialty drink named for the soon-to-be husband and wife and make a playlist of fun, dance music. A house party is as fun as you make it. And so that nobody’s drinking and driving, make it a slumber party, too.
3. Vegas, baby!
If you know everyone has the funds and your bride is a party girl, then why not hit up Las Vegas for the bach festivities? Where else are you going to find plenty of alcohol, hotel rooms, gambling, public transportation, strippers (if you’re into that) and that whole “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” mantra? Vegas, baby!
Instead of getting individual rooms, have everyone pitch in for a suite. Most likely it will come with other perks like gaming credit, complimentary champagne and maybe even the use of a car service for late-night bar hopping.
Whether you choose a destination bachelorette party or plan one at your own house, it’s the small, thoughtful details and the ladies you surround yourself with that are most important. Just make sure you give a lot of thought to how the bride would want to celebrate the upcoming nuptials, even if that’s camping in your local state park with PBR in a can.