Six Tips for an Unforgettable Bachelorette Weekend
Bachelorette getaways are one of the best parts of a wedding celebration. If you’re the maid of honor, chances are you don’t just get to enjoy the weekend—you get to plan it. From delicious food and drinks to fun activities, to downtime by the pool, you’re responsible for preparing an unforgettable itinerary… and making sure it all goes off without a hitch.
While it’s not likely you’ll forget the basics, there are a few easy-to-overlook details that can take your bachelorette bash from good to great. From PermaVista Ranch, here are some things to keep in mind.
Set a Budget
Money is a hard thing to discuss, but it’s important that everyone is on the same page when it comes to expenses. The last thing you want to do is plan a slew of high-end activities, only to find out half the party won’t be able to participate. If you can, call, text, or email each member of the bridal party individually to determine her budget, then plan accordingly. While you may decide to hit the taco stand instead of the steakhouse, everyone will have more fun if they aren’t worried about breaking the bank.
Ask for Input
You may think you know the bride and her besties well, but it never hurts to ask for help in the planning process. In addition to taking some of the pressure off, you might hit on some legitimate concerns from your bridal party counterparts. Perhaps the mother of the bride or bridegroom will be attending. If that’s the case, don’t be afraid to nix some of the bachelorette party staples in favor of forging new traditions.
You can also discuss with your fellow ladies the dress code. If it’s a fancy shindig, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try a new fashion style or makeup look (with the bride’s permission, of course). You can research trends online and buy coordinating outfits that could be a lot of fun in group photos. The right makeup mirror can help you perfect whatever look you’re going for. Choose a top-rated one that has the right specifications for your needs, such as lighting and magnification.
Nothing is worse than coming home from an amazing trip, scrolling through your camera roll, and realizing you didn’t take enough photos. No matter where you go or what you do, you’re going to want to look back on the trip. Be sure to free up space on your phone and remind the rest of the bridal party to do the same. You’ll want at least one group shot, so plan to ask a hotel staffer, a server at a restaurant, or even a random passerby to snap a few pictures of all of you. If your group is active on social media, come up with a custom hashtag and make sure they post on their Instagram, so you can look at everyone’s photos after the fact.
Speaking of social media, be sure to discuss what is and isn’t okay to post online. While it’s uncommon to ask permission before posting photos of others online these days, it’s still the polite thing to do. Some of the ladies might rather not be tagged, especially if there are bathing suit shots or if alcohol is being consumed. Whether it’s because they hold a public position or simply because they value their privacy, it’s important to respect their wishes.
Set the Alarm
Okay, so the one thing that’s worse than coming home from a trip without enough photos is coming home to find you’ve been burglarized. Before you go, take simple steps like removing hide-a-keys and securing your garage. You should also unplug electrical items and test your smoke detectors. As an added bonus, the peace of mind will make your time away that much sweeter.
Have a Backup Plan
Stuff happens. From natural disasters to illnesses, your bachelorette party may not go off without a hitch. There’s not a lot you can do to prevent these unforeseen events, but there are some common-sense tips that will help if something goes awry. For instance, look for refundable rates for hotels and plane tickets, or purchase trip insurance. The extra cost on the front end will be well worth it if you have to cancel or reschedule your trip for any reason.
Another tip for making sure everything goes smoothly is to create a document with everyone’s contact and emergency contact information. It’s easy to write up a document in Word then convert it to a PDF to email everyone. You can click to learn more about the tools available online to help you create PDFs with ease.
Bonus Tip: Dealing With Stress
The last thing you want to feel on your celebratory weekend is stress. It can be worthwhile to look into stress management techniques such as deep breathing or listening to some relaxing music so you can thrive on your trip. You can also find a quiet space and meditate for a few minutes. You can’t guarantee that your trip will be without stress, so having some tools available to address it can really help.
So remember, a little planning ahead can really go a long way when you’re the ringmaster for your friend’s bachelorette party. By taking the extra time to get input from the bride-to-be and the other attendees, setting a budget, making sure everything is okay at home, and having a great attitude, you’ll be on your way to hosting a soiree your friends will never forget.
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