Bachelorette parties, typically planned by the maid of honor, are a way for bridesmaids to relive the good old days while celebrating the bride-to-be. According to Brett Galley, director of events at Hollywood Pop Gallery, destination parties allow “for more social and celebratory time with your chosen guests” than a local, single-night celebration.
Planning a destination bachelorette party is the perfect opportunity to combine traveling with spending time with your closest friends. With that in mind, here are some tips for figuring out travel plans and creating a timeline for your destination party.
Although it might seem obvious, starting early is key to planning a successful destination bachelorette party. Start by putting together a guest list with the bride-to-be. A bachelorette party typically includes bridesmaids, close friends of the bride, and extended family.
Make sure to write down the contact information of everyone the bride wants to invite and initiate contact with the guests at least four months in advance. It’s important to keep in mind that it can be difficult to include everyone when planning a destination bachelorette party, because many people will decline because of busy schedules or financial reasons.
Pick a date
Once you’ve gathered everyone’s contact information, create a Facebook group or messaging thread where you can discuss potential dates and details of the party. Try picking a few weekends and seeing when the most people will be able to clear their schedules. Offering multiple options will help ensure that you’ll find a date that works for the most people.
Set a budget
After choosing the date for the party, it’s time to choose a price point that guests are willing to spend. Destination parties can be expensive, so stay open-minded and be ready to compromise on the budget. When discussing a budget, it’s important to remember that some simply aren’t able to spend the same amount as others.
To facilitate choosing a budget, try providing guests with a few different options or setting up an online poll. Once you’ve gained a general idea of what most people are willing to spend, focus on picking a number that works for everyone.
Choose the destination
Now that you’ve decided on a budget, conduct some research to pick the right location. Make sure to check in with the bride-to-be to see if she has a preference on where she wants to celebrate. If she has no preference, check out cities that offer affordable activities for bachelorette parties.
For instance, in Palm Beach, Florida, you can find a bachelorette party cruise that features multiple options for entertainment. Choosing a cruise as your bachelorette party venue will create a one-of-a-kind experience for your guests that they’ll remember for years to come.
Book your stay
About three months before the party, start discussing overnight stay options with guests. Depending on everyone’s budget, you might choose to stay in a hotel or pitch in to rent a vacation home together. A celebration on land, on the beach, or at a big rental house might require hiring a catering company and making a couple of trips to the liquor store.
Make sure to book your stay right after finalizing travel plans to score the best rates. If you’re staying in an unfamiliar city, do some research online to figure out where the city’s hotspots are. Aim to book a hotel or rental nearby to cut travel costs. A few weeks before the party, make sure to check in with the hotel or rental company to go over any smaller essential details.
Although planning a destination bachelorette party can seem overwhelming, it’s a great way to explore a new city while spending quality time with your best friends.