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I was recently enlisted by a close girlfriend to help plan a bachelorette beach bash for the upcoming spring. Though vastly unseasonal I figured it would be a good time to make note of some tips and inspirations during the early stages of planning.
As I always try to instill in the minds of fellow friends and planners do your best to encourage a commitment from all of those who are invited. It is immensely difficult to budget when you do not have everyone on board. Also inviting 25 guests on an out-of-town trip is not only a major pain to plan for, but makes it nearly impossible to keep tabs on that large of a guest list. I am a strong believer in keeping your bachelorette party down to a smaller, more manageable size. This way everyone can enjoy themselves and it makes it easier for those who are executing the planning. When booking an out-of-town venue, hotel, house, condo- whatever it may be knowing the approximate number of attendees makes it that much simpler to budget, book, and follow through with all the little details.
Since I am an Atlanta girl it is a little difficult to make suggestions on exactly where to plan your bachelorette beach weekend since I have readers from all over. However, for those of you the South, here is a list of accessible destinations in no particular order;
1. Destin, FL. 2. Charleston, SC 3.Gulf Shores, AL. 4. Miami, FL 5. Daytona Beach, FL.
A lot of ladies I know have been choosing to forego sending out paper invites and to just send an e-vite to get the ball rolling. As easy as e-mail is I love receiving good invite in the mail (especially for a bachelorette weekend.) Here are a couple of fun, different samples I have recently come across;
As far as favors go it is always nice treat your friends with a little “thank you for coming” gift. By no means does it have to be anything expensive, however it is always a nice gesture to show your guests that you are appreciative of them being there to celebrate with you. Here are a couple of cute, affordable ideas that can be easily duplicated and used as gifts.
You can find adorable towels for as cheap as $4 at any local Wal-Mart, Target, etc. Usually monogramming is fairly inexpensive depending on where you go, but if the idea of full named doesn’t appease, you can always do a single letter.
Personalized cups are such a great, easy DIY gift especially for a beach weekend. However, if you do not have the time to craft you can always easily order them online. (photo above courtesy of ETSY)
I love, love, love koozies for a bachelorette party gift and they are so appropriate for a beach weekend. Not only are the extremely cheap to order and personalize, but they also last and can be used 100 times. Such a perfect keepsake for a weekend you and your girls will not surely soon forget.
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Hello all you bachelorettes out there. Check out this hilarious new movie coming out with Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, James Marsden, Adam Scott, and a whole host of other super funny people. It is supposed to hit theaters in September and would make for a fantastic movie night for you and the girls. Check out the trailer here.
I recently came across this post via The Knot about 7 easy steps to throwing a bachelorette party. Yes, if you are a novice at bachelorette party planning these are all great tips for organizing your first one. However, I felt the impulse to create my own post equipped with 10 legitimate, realistic do’s and don’ts.
1. Do NOT invite every single girl you know. A Bachelorette party should be an event you will never forget with your closest friends. In my experience I find that keeping it intimate is best and much simpler to organize. Put a cap on it around 12 guests- especially if you are going out-of-town for the big weekend. If the 12 you have on the list can’t all attend don’t feel obligated to fill the spots. We all know that you have 25 girl friends that you adore. However, they will most likely be at your wedding to celebrate with you so don’t feel the need to invite everyone. You will be happier that you didn’t when the time comes.
2. If you are planning an out-of-town affair make sure that everyone pays you upfront. Even if you are asking for funds three months in advance- have them write you a check or send cash. That way if anyone backs out at the last-minute who had originally committed to going- you are not left with the extra tab. ** Make sure you put deadlines on when money is owed. You do not have to be OCD about it, but it is way easier to keep order if you stick to certain dates.
3. Try to be as considerate as possible. If you are a bride planning a wedding on a super tight budget- assume your bachelorette party guests are on a tight budget as well. Odds are not everyone is as financially stable as you assume. With that being said- Do NOT expect your friends and bridesmaids to shell out $600-$1000 for your bachelorette bash or at least confirm that they have the means to do so beforehand. You can still have a blast going out in your hometown or the nearest big city if not everyone is on board for a Vegas weekend. Chances are you have a close friend planning this- make sure she knows everyone is on a budget and to put a cap on it.
4. Brides- Do NOT expect your friends to cover your part. Your maids have already spent $300 on that designer dress you wanted, $50 for the shoes, $40 for makeup & hair,$100 on gifts, and $250 for a hotel room. Yes all these things come with the territory, but if you cannot afford to cover your part for your bachelorette party then you should probably consider making other plans. At least take into account what your girls have already put up to be part of the big day.
5. Make sure everyone who you have invited is on board with the plans. Not everyone is comfortable with male strippers. Or if it is a budgetary concern forego the Mani’s and Pedi’s and have your own nail party. Everyone has a cabinet full of OPI and Essie anyways.
6. Travel plans these days aren’t cheap. Gas is outrageous, flight prices are always changing, and sometimes your time isn’t worth the cost of a 2 or 3 day trip. If not everyone is accessible to leave town but you want your friends to be there then you may want to rearrange your plans. If changing the plan is not a possibility you could even organize a girl’s night out for your hometown ladies then do a weekend away with your bridesmaids. There is ALWAYS another way to include people.
7. Instead of expecting your ladies to host shower after shower for you, consider combining your bachelorette weekend into a party/shower. No one wants to see you opening lingerie in front of your 80-year-old grandmother. Save the lingerie shower and dirty games for your girl’s weekend away.
8. Your bride should not have to pay for her drinks, however it is a nice gesture for her to buy everyone a round of shots.
9. Don’t let your bride wear a penis crown or anything phallic out in public. She will look back on the pictures and regret it. Save the wieners for the lingerie shower.
10. If you have certain friends who cannot handle their booze then cut them off or designate a babysitter. Your BFF doesn’t need an 8th Vodka Tonic. Order her a club soda and call it a night.
Here at ATL Bachelorette Resource we are always looking for new, great resources to contribute to the successful planning of a bachelorette party, bridal shower, or any other fabulous get togethers. That is why we are always happy to promote other resourceful pages as well. Here are a few of our favorites we have recently come across.
House of Bachelorette is a fantastic resource for all things Bachelorette Party. From great ideas down to an extensive of list of favors, games, and an endless amount of party supplies. You can easily find something for any bachelorette theme or their page.
My Bachelorette Party Ideas has plenty of great ideas for decor, themes, outings, favors, and gifts. It is not frequently updated, however they still have tons of incite to offer.
Hostess With the Mostess is a really fun blog chock full of entertaining ideas. From girl’s night out ideas to food and drink down to holiday ideas, not only is it full of great shower, and bachelorette ideas- it covers planning for all occasions.
Atlanta Bridal.Com is a great resource for an bride to be or anyone involved in any aspect of planning. They have tons of resources from bachelorette planning ideas down to event rentals and restaurant recommendations.
I was recently asked by a close girlfriend to co-host and plan a fabulous New Orleans Bachelorette weekend. Although the party is not until next year and we have not even remotely started to plan the event I was inspired to do a little research so we can already have a little inspiration when the time comes to get down to serious planning business. My friend had mentioned that our Bride was a huge fan of a pink and black color scheme. Although I am not huge on the idea for wedding colors I absolutely love the idea of making it a Bachelorette party theme. Here are some great inspirations I have come across for planning Pink and Black festivities.
I thought this was such a fabulous table scape for a Bachelorette Party or Bridal Shower. It is fun, festive, and has a great vintage look to it.
Lovely Bachelorette themed Pink and Black “Last Night Out” Cake.
Adorable Pink Favor Boxes. These is not a lot of black integrated into these but the idea is super cute and you can always personalize them any way you like.
Pink and Black Party invitations. Very fun. “She’s Gonna Get Married But First She’s Gonna Get Saucy.”
I am personally not a huge fan of limos but I mean if you are going to take the Pink and Black party theme seriously you might as well go all out, right?
I think it’s a really delightful idea to host a bachelorette dinner party. It gets everyone together in a much more mellow atmosphere and allows you to relax and take off the pressure of hitting the town. Let’s be real- not everyone is always down for a night full of drinking in a crowded, smokey bar. Dinner parties give you the freedom to be creative with the food, decor, cocktails, and games yet still makes for an intimate, fun evening with the girls. I am all for integrating a shower into the mix especially since it is so difficult to get everyone on the same page and to commit to various engagements on different weekends. You can easily kill two birds with one stone throwing a shindig like this. Themes are always fun, or just dressing up and taking a ton of cute pictures throughout the evening. Feeling extra fancy? Hire a private chef for the evening or have the party catered. No hassle means a more fun, stress free evening. You can even hire a mixologist to prepare specialty cocktails all evening. The sky’s the limit.
Here is a hodge-podge of bachelorette inspired fun I have come across.
I thought this was a fabulous addition to any brunch or gathering with the girls. The option of mixing your own mimosa with an array of different fruits is creative and delicious.
Bachelorette Time Capsule
Found this DIY project idea on Etsy. Could be created for various different events but thought it was appropriate for a bride to be. Bride should fill with all the goodies from her last fling to have as a keepsake for after the big day.
“Buy me a shot I’m tying the knot!” shirt.
I don’t think I would personally wear this out for a bachelorette party but it definitely makes for a cute gift for the bride.
Bachelorette Barbie Cake
I have seen these bachelorette barbie cakes popping up all over the place. This one is a little less vulgar than some of the others out there. Funny nonetheless and definitely creative.
Welcome to Atlanta’s ONLY Bachelorette blog. Yes, having our friends get engaged is always a wonderful occasion. Especially if you end up being part of the wedding and have the oh so fun, but ever daunting task of planning the Bachelorette Party. Never fear my single friends.. That is why I have designed this splendid how to guide with tips, ideas, suggestions, and other wonderful elements to keep you in the know for all your Bachelorette needs. Not only will there be an array of bachelorette knowledge, but also plenty of details on hosting the perfect shindig whether it be a shower, brunch, or an intimate gathering of your closest friends. I hope you all enjoy my venture into party blogging and would love to hear about all of your bachelorette, shower, and party endeavors.