Planning a perfect bachelorette party

Planning a bachelorette party for a friend who is about to get married can be a very difficult task. This isn’t necessarily because planning a party is so hard, or because it is particularly stressful, but more because you know how special this time is for your friend, and you want to make sure that the party is not only fun, but memorable and special. Different women choose to celebrate their bachelorette parties in many different ways, but the one common factor is that this is a symbolic time to have a great night with friends before marriage. So how can you make it special as the one in charge of planning it?

I recommend this shirt. No, really. I got one (and a matching pint glass) from my two best friends, before my wedding.

Typically, there are two things that stand out most about a bachelorette party: where it is, and what you and your friends do specifically for the bride-to-be. Naturally, these are very large factors that cover a broad range of possibilities, but if you can make sure that the venue is appropriate, fun and memorable, and that you and your friends provide some special gift or entertainment for the bride-to-be, you can be virtually assured that you will have planned a successful bachelorette party.

So, first, you have to select a venue that will be perfect for the occasion. The most important thing to consider here is to forget about traditions, movies you’ve seen, or books you’ve read. In these scenarios, bachelorette parties tend to all look the same: a bunch of women crowded around a lounge section of a club or bar, laughing and showering the bride-to-be with gifts while a male stripper wanders around. Ignore this. Sure, it might be similar to what you end up with ultimately, but instead of doing something that seems “classic,” try to figure out a venue and style of party that appeals specifically to the bride-to-be. In some scenarios that may even mean a quiet gathering at home! Just keep in mind that this decision should be personal, not popular.

Next, you will want to figure out something particular or special to do for your friend in the way of gifts or party themes. Venue is important, but it is the gift giving and the event itself that will be memorable and fun in the moment. Many women enjoy having fun with the gifts by picking up sex toys from Adam and Eve, or getting the bride-to-be something else “scandalous” to have a bit of fun with the concept of leaving freedom and heading to marriage. Others prefer something a bit tamer, such as getting household accessories for your friend to use in her new married life. Whatever the case – whether your gifts and theme are funny, sexy, or practical – they should be things that the bride-to-be will appreciate and cherish for whatever value they are meant to have.

This post was brought to you by Adam and Eve. In light of the fact that a good friend of mine is in the process of planning a wedding, I thought this post was fitting – I may very well need to plan a bachelorette party soon!

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