Chances are if you’re on this page, you are either getting married and planning your own bachelorette party or you are a friend and planning a friends bachelorette. Either way, there are some things to know. First off, establish what type of bachelorette party you, or the person you are planning for, want and then go from there. Whether you are planning a more relaxed bachelorette (which is what I had) or you want to go all out, there is a lot that needs to get done for the perfect bachelorette. Not that I’m professional, but since I have now successfully had a fun weekend, I thought I’d share a checklist and some ideas for you.
Bachelorette Party Checklist
When planning a bachelorette party, there are a few key things to think about. I thought I’d make it easy and break it down for you to the top ideas.
Decide Who’s Invited
This is definitely a personal answer and should also be answered based on how you answer the first question that I asked above of what type of party you want? For me, I wanted something fun, relaxing and intimate. I have a small group of close girl friends, and my sister’s two best friends who have been in my life for a long time, so my list came naturally. There were eleven of us and it was p-e-r-f-e-c-t. I suggest having either only your bridal party with you or your bridal party and a few other people who are closest to you. That way it feels really special.
Set The Date
After you decide who’s invited, you need to do the obvious, which is to set a date. This sounds easy, but planning a bunch of adult’s schedules at once can be hard to coordinate. So you’ll want to plan ahead of time. My sister, who planned my party, asked everyone 6 months before the actual date to save the weekend.
Choose A Location
Some things to think about when choosing a location are who is attending, the price of things, what the bride (or you) likes and other variables like that. I ended up in Santa Barbara for mine and had so much fun. See my review of the place we stayed here.
This is an important one. It is important to have things planned but you also have to decide how planned you want it to be. I personally think my sister did the perfect job with balancing how much was planned vs organic and if you’re planning your party. I suggest you follow this schedule or model, and obviously replace it with your own events.
Arrived to Santa Barbara around 4pm — or whenever people got done with work. Chilled a little, got ready and had reservations that night for a nice dinner. The first night, everyone just got in and was tired from traffic, plus we wanted to be able to party the next day and have energy so dinner was our only activity! After a long dinner, we went back to the hotel and went to bed.
Woke up in the morning and my sister had organized a hip hop dance class for us. This honestly was one of the best parts of the whole weekend. I cannot stress how much fun we all had and how it started the day off perfectly for everyone. It really set the tone for how the rest of the day would go! After dance, we went to the pool and just hung out for the day. In the afternoon, we decided to walk around Santa Barbara a little and explore the town before we had to go back and shower for dinner.
Day 2 Night
My sister had made reservations for us at a really fun Mexican restaurant (I suggest choosing fun, festive restaurants) and we had another really nice, long dinner. After that, we (obviously) weren’t ready to go back home just yet, so we walked the street and came across a dive bar / club and had the best time dancing all night!
Everyone woke up whenever they were ready and headed home.
The weekend was a combination of planned and not and it was nice to have a mixture of both. Everyone who came seemed to crave the combination as well.
Etsy will be your best friend when it comes to this topic! You can get so many great little decor items for affordable prices there. A little goes a long way!
This is something that is surprisingly important to remember before you get to where you are. First of all, hotels aren’t always great about accommodating things like this when you request it. Secondly, it can get really expensive if you go through a third party!
Goodie Bags For Attendees
Lastly, goodie bags are not necessary at all but they are a really nice touch. My sister had festive heart sunglasses, Under Armour sports bras and cute hats for the dance class, candy from Sugarfina and beautiful hairbands by Vere (they are so cute and my favorite!) waiting for everyone. Everyone was so appreciative of it and loved it! A little goes a long way.
While this list can get way more detailed, I think these are the main points that I noticed from the weekend and that really stood out. Have fun planning! If you have any suggestions to add, let me know in the comments below!