THE DO'S AND DON'TS
OF BACHELORETTE PARTIES
these simple rules to help make sure that your bachelorette
party is her night to remmeber, and not a nightmare to
Whether you're the bride, the one
planning the party or a guest, it's good to know the "rules"
of those fun, friend-filled pre-wedding fetes known as
bachelorette parties. If you need to know some bachelorette
party basics, start
here. If you're in search of more specific do's and
don'ts, keep reading.
Do make sure that
everyone who is invited to the bachelorette bash is
invited to the wedding. But don't worry about inviting
all the females on your wedding guest list to your
girls' night out.
Do be sure your
fiancÚ's female relatives are invited, even if you're
sure they won't attend. If you don't want them to feel
obligated to attend, you or your fiancÚ can tactfully
let them know that declining won't hurt your feelings.
Do look for group
rates -- for
spa getaways and so on. Many
establishments offer such discounts.
Do ask the bride for
input regarding the guest list if you're unsure whom to
Do share the bill
with all the party guests -- except the bride. If you're
the hostess, you're not expected to foot the bill!
Do plan a party
you're sure the bride, as well as most of the guests,
will enjoy. Just because you love standup comedy doesn't
mean everyone else will. There are plenty of fun places
to throw a bachelorette bash, including simply reserving
a table at the bride's favorite restaurant.
Do find out who is
doing the planning and how you can help. This is true
whether you're the bride, a bridesmaid or a guest.
Typically, the maid of
honor plans the bachelorette party, but it's
appropriate for the bridesmaids to help out, and for the
bride to help with the guest list, if asked.
Don't plan this fete
too close to the wedding date, unless a close, close
friend of the bride's who lives 3,000 miles away simply
must be there -- and she can't fly in until right before
the wedding. If that's the case, plan it for two days
before the big day, not the night before. Better yet, if
possible, plan for a week or two before the wedding; if
there's any chance of injury (a ski trip, whitewater
rafting), leave several weeks.
Don't drink heavily
at the beginning of the night.
Don't plot or plan
anything that will embarrass the bride so much she'll be
upset or angry. A stripper is fine if you're sure the
bride will laugh and enjoy the act. Forcing her to take
the stage with a bunch of Chippendale dancers just
because she's had one (or two or three) too many
champagne cocktails may be seen as cruel when she
recovers from her hangover.
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