Advice for Planning an Unforgettable Bachelorette Party

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For many, a bachelorette night is a rite of passage which many women look forward to before their big day. Bachelorette nights can be big or small, wild or quiet, but they all have one thing in common: they are all about making the bride happy and giving her the perfect send-off before married life. If you are reading this, then it is likely you are the lucky bridesmaid, friend, or family member who has been given the responsibility of making this a night to remember. If you are feeling the pressure, then don’t panic: this is your moment to shine! Though you might be struggling for ideas right now of how to make this hen party an unforgettable night that is fun for all, never fear: here is some advice to help get you started!

The Location

Your chosen location is what is going to set the atmosphere for the party, so this is the very first thing you should organize. Hosting a party in your home can be a very cost-effective option, and also means that you have complete autonomy over the event: you can decide how long the party is, set your own limits on alcohol consumption, and set the tone through your decoration choices. However, there are a number of downsides to a house party. The first thing to consider is your neighbors; you would have to give everyone near your home plenty of advanced notice about the party, especially if you plan to have loud music and make sure that they are comfortable with your plans. Don’t forget that if the party is in your home, then there is a high chance that items could get damaged or broken, and you will also be responsible for the clean up the next day. Of course, if you are planning on a more refined evening without excessive drinking, then you will face less concern surrounding this.

You could choose to hire out a venue for the party, and this is a good idea if you are planning on inviting a large number of guests. There are some venues which will provide packages for hen parties, including everything from food and beverages, to decoration and music. If you don’t want to have to foot the cost for all the alcohol yourself, then you could use a venue which has a bar available for people to purchase their own drinks, though this can work out to be quite expensive for your guests. Alternatively, if you are still looking to set a party atmosphere, you could head out to a bar or club, or even go on a bar crawl and travel to a number of different locations.

Moving away from the party atmosphere, if you are looking for a hen party idea which is more inclusive for guests who might not want to attend a full out party, you could go out for an evening meal, or head to a spa during the day. You don’t even need to go out, you could just have a relaxed girl’s night in, and relive your days of teenage sleepovers, watching movies and doing manicures (except maybe with a glass of wine or two thrown in). Whatever location you choose, it should set the tone for a night which the bride is going to enjoy, so consider which sort of atmosphere she would prefer.

Activities and Entertainment

During the day of the hen party, you might want to consider some easy- going activities, to allow people to mingle and interact with the bride. You might like to attend a spa, try cocktail mixing or even try something a bit different such as a life drawing class. Another idea might be to hold a dinner party, allowing people to sit around and talk to one another, or create a more laid-back atmosphere with a BBQ or buffet dinner.

If you are looking to make the bride blush a little in her last days as a bachelorette, then you might want to consider hiring Newcastle Strippers to come along and really get the party started. You could also play a number of the usual bachelorette party games, but put your own twist on them. For example, an alternative to truth or dare might be to give the guests challenges, and whoever loses would have to reveal a truth about themselves. Another fun game, especially on a night out, is a scavenger hunt! This can be something that only the bride has to do, or you can get all the guests involved. The list for the scavenger hunt can be as varied as you like and could include everything from doing shots to getting a stranger to give you their belt! Whatever you choose for your activities and entertainment, whether that’s booking Charleston strippers, or something a little more chilled out, try and be original and use your imagination to make it as fun as possible for everyone involved!

The Invitations

It can be tricky to figure out who to invite to the bachelorette party, especially if you are planning on making the event a surprise for the bride, as you won’t be able to ask her directly. Of course, if you are particularly savvy, then you might be able to drop hints to the bride and dig around a bit to find out who she would and wouldn’t want to be invited, but this is always risky. If you are the maid of honor, then you might already have some idea of who the woman of the hour is close to, but if you don’t already know, then try recruiting other close friends and family members to help you in your mission.

There are a few things to consider when inviting guests to the party. Firstly, the particular people who receive invitations might depend on what atmosphere you are planning on creating. Think about the personalities of your prospective guests.  For instance, an X-rated wild night out would probably not be the most appropriate event for the bride’s mother in law to attend. However, you could consider having the bachelorette party in two parts: a day experience, which is more laid back, which is suitable for all friends and family members, and then when night comes you can collect together your chosen few to get the real party going!

Once you know what your plans are, you’ll be able to send out the Save the Dates. Weekends are usually better for parties, to make sure that most people will be free to attend, but during the week, venue prices might be lower. Make sure you plan as far in advance as you can to give people enough time to get organized, and also so you can collect money from everyone attending if they are going to need to contribute the cost of the event. Hen do’s can be pricey after all!

At the end of the day, as long as your main focus is making the bride happy, then the day will be a success! Just remember to be flexible with your plans, and not to overcrowd your schedule with too many activities as, once alcohol is thrown into the equation, anything could happen!

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