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As a bride-to-be, or the BFF of a bride-to-be, maybe you’ve thought about going big and planning a destination bachelorette party as the last fling. Because let’s be honest, what better way to say “au revoir” to single-hood than lazing on a beach with your best girls or sipping cocktails on a private balcony overlooking the city of your dreams?
But before you book a flight/hotel/rental car, keep these dos and don’ts of planning a destination bachelorette party in mind.
DON’T forget to do research. If you have a few places in mind or if the bride has given you her dream destination, get on the computer and look up things like hotels, restaurants, house rentals, transportation, activities, and estimated costs. If the bachelorette party is abroad, you’ll also want to research local laws and what paperwork is needed. Use websites like The Bach and Trip Advisor to get the information you need.
DO send out invitations as early as possible. Typically, a bachelorette party happens two months before the wedding. Since planning a destination bachelorette party involves a lot more organization, start your research, planning, and invites early. Along with an invitation, send guests an email with the destination information, dates, and an estimated cost per person. Be up front about the costs. Skirting around the issue will only cause stress because if someone backs out last minute because you weren’t completely up front about the price tag, you might have to shell out extra, and unplanned for, cash.
DON’T try to do it all on your own. Planning a bachelorette party, and a destination one at that, is a time-consuming process and there are lots of little details to manage. So reach out to bridesmaids for help researching restaurant and hotel reviews. Have someone book a rental car. If there’s something on your to-do list that you just can’t get to, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
DO map out a (somewhat) structured itinerary. Pick out a few activities for each day and leave it at that. You don’t want to over plan and leave out the bliss of spontaneity, but you do want to have a general idea of where and what will happen. Plus, guests will want a little wiggle room to explore the locale or just have some downtime between events.
DON’T leave money collecting until the last minute. Finances are the last thing you want to stress about, so once you have a headcount and have made the major bookings (hotel, events, etc.), ask that the guests personally give you their share of the costs or send a payment through Paypal.
DO dress for the occasion. When doing your research, remember to look up what the weather’s like in your chosen destination, and let guests know what kind of clothing to bring. Will they need a bathing suit, a little black dress, a jacket? The more info you have, the better.
DON’T forget to double check the reservations a week or two before the party.
DO have fun! It’s easy to get into micromanage mode when you’ve organized something like a bachelorette weekend away, but once you’ve reached your destination, let yourself relax, go with the flow, and celebrate the bride’s last fling before the ring in style!