Bachelorette Party for Amy is the story about how I planned a bachelorette party with the other bridesmaids for my best friend Amy. I hope it helps you in your bachelorette party planning. I've put together sections to help you plan a successful bachelorette party including ideas, games, drinks and food for your bachelorette party.
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Bachelorette Party Planning 101

I have come up with an itinerary of the most important bachelorette planning timeline that I hope you find helpful:

Bachelorette Parties usually take place about a month before the wedding and should not be prior to two weeks of her special day! This is to make sure there are no accidents to get in the way of her wedding day (falling and spraining ankle, etc). It's great to have it around a month prior to the wedding so the girls can share a closeness and remember all the inside jokes that come from partying together and build an excitement about the big Wedding day as well since that is the reason for the party to begin with!

4 Months Till Party

Have the Bachelorette give you a list of all the girls she wants to have go to the party. Make sure she includes the email, phone number, and address of each girl.

Ask the Bride-To-Be if she wants to help plan or have you and the girls plan. Our Bride-To-Be, Amy, wanted us to plan the whole party and only wanted to help pick the place to have it (Vegas). I asked her if there were any girls that also wanted to help plan the party with me since there usually are a few girls that want to participate. It is important to check with a few of the Bachelorette's close friends on what general things they would like to do so the party can be well received by the majority!

Think of where you want to go and what date seems to work out for most of the girls who are invited. You will never find a perfect date for everyone so pick the best date for the majority!

It is important to answer the following questions...Is the party going to be:
1) Home or away?
2) How long?
3) Are people driving or do you need transportation?
4) Do any of the girls have special needs (allergies, handicap, etc)?
5) How are girls going to pay (many times an issue...are you going to ask them for money up-front or have the girls pay for themselves)?
6) How much are you going to pay or gifts and decorations?
7) Are you going to pay for the Bride-To-Be (which needs to be figured in to the cost)?
8) Does the Bachelorette want to have a conservative party or one that is

A great new idea that many bachelorettes are doing is learning exotic and pole dancing

If you are traveling for the party, It is a great idea to call a hotel of choice as early as possible and get a group rate! Many hotels are willing to take care of you since they need your business!

3 Months Till Party

Send out an initial email between 4 and 3 months before the party. Let the girls know the scoop, including where the party will be, how much the basic cost will be, what girls will need (I.e., type of clothes, anything they need to bring, etc), travel arrangements if possible, and any other important information. It is very helpful to send a group email by CC'ing all the girls so they can share each-other's email and communicate to each other as a group! You may want to have some of the girls to give you any suggestions they still have on making the party more of a success but be careful since there are always those who want it their way only!

Make sure to have the girls RSVP to you or the person you appoint and stay on top of this since there are always the slackers who don't respond until you send them a few emails or calls. You may want the Bride to call those girls who don't get back to you after a few times (if you don't know them that well).

Let the girls know the final basic itinerary, including the reservations, transportation, places you will be eating, party supplies, and how money collection will be handled!

2 Months Till Party

About 21/2 months out, confirm with the girls who are going and make sure you follow up with them. Make sure everyone who is going knows all the information necessary and see if anyone still needs help with their planning, especially if you are going away and have reservations!

1 Month Till Party

You are getting real close now! The excitement should be building! Send out an email with the final plans! Make sure if you are items/gifts for your party that you take care of it now since it is getting late! Confirm the following information:

a.. Hotel and Travel
b.. Transportation (If in New York, check out
c.. Food/Drink
d.. Entertainment
e.. Who is responsible for bringing what
f.. Gifts/Games (have those that are creative create games or visit our links page for our favorites)

Make sure to delegate some responsibility to the other girls who want to help and that you know are more responsible so you don't have to take all the stress of planning on yourself (unless you enjoy all the planning).

2 Weeks Till Party

Check in with all the girls again to make sure everything is set. By now you should have everything that you want to bring ready to go! If you are having the girls pay you back, let them know at this time again how much they owe you and when they need to pay you! It is important to receive the money before the party so you don't have to think about it when you are having a good time!

Many times, issue come up that cause one of the girls to not attend the party after RSVPing. Make sure you have a backup plan that includes how to cover the possible room assignment and additional fees for covering the Bachelorette (and anything else that may come up).

1 Week Till Party

Send out an email to all the girls to increase the spirit and excitement for the party. It is always good to go over all the basics one more time for those who are a little party-challenged :) You are about to experience a memorable time...Make sure the Bride-To-Be is always pampered and has the time of her life as well as relaxing and going with the flow when you get to your party destination!

Remind yourself that you did an excellent Job!

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