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It’s one of the most exciting things you can experience – a close friend has just gotten a long-awaited proposal, and now there’s a wedding to plan. If you’ve already gotten married and started a family, it can be a lot of fun to do it all again vicariously – but first comes a big test of your organisational skills – planning the bachelorette party. You want to make it unique and memorable for the bride-to-be, but it can actually be quite stressful to organise, especially if you have a young family at home demanding your attention. So how do you make the process of planning less of a strain, and ensure that your friends and you have a party to remember?

It’s All About The Bride-To-Be

It’s important to focus in on what your bachelorette likes and dislikes. You may get a lot of opinions from other well-meaning friends or relatives of hers, keen to shape the event in a way that suits them, so take the time to consider what you know of your friend. Are they a quiet type who would prefer a spa retreat somewhere and time to reconnect with people? Or will she want a chance to dress up and find one of the hottest pool parties in the area? Pay close attention to her preferences –  would she enjoy a crafting class, a wine tasting, something active like paintballing even, or simply a fancy meal out? The key to success is making sure the party is all about your friend and what they enjoy.

Step Away From The Schedule

While it’s a good idea to give everyone an idea of what to expect and when, be wary of overscheduling the time you have. Some of the worst bachelorette party experiences are those where you’re pulled from activity to activity without time to pause for breath – it makes everyone feel stressed. It’s okay to plan out a basic itinerary, but do remember to leave plenty of time for chatting over a glass of wine, getting ready, and simply relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. You’ll definitely have a better experience that way than trying to cram every spare minute full of to-do’s.

Create A Budget

It’s no secret that bachelorette parties can get seriously expensive these days – everyone seems to be trying to outdo each other with extravagant locations and huge meals. Without careful planning, it can feel like a neverending list of expenses, and that’s tough if you have a family and financial priorities of your own. Agree a budget with all the women attending that is comfortable for everyone and make sure that you stick to it. Write a list of some low-or-no-cost bachelorette party activities to throw into the mix alongside the more expensive things. Confirm details in advance – are you all putting in extra to cover costs for the bride-to-be? How are you planning to split costs and transfer money between you – cash or a Venmo account? When everyone knows what to expect, there won’t be any resentment over unexpected costs and you can all concentrate on having a great time. 

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