Planning for Bachelorette Parties: Checklist #2

    It's finally time for your big bachelorette party! We've covered what to do to prepare for bachelorette parties, and now it's time for the big day. We have all seen movies and television shows where bachelor and bachelorette parties go horribly wrong. While they may be on the extreme side of the spectrum, there is a pretty large chance of error when it comes to bachelorette parties. Regardless if you are doing a one night outing or planning a weekend getaway for you and your best friends, be prepared. Be sure to check off everything on this bachelorette party checklist and you and your friends will be all set to have one of the best evenings or weekends of your lives!

    Make a list of what you need.

    If you are taking a small trip or doing a one night stay at a hotel, make a list of what you need before packing. You will want to foresee anything that may go wrong or anything that may be forgotten and come prepared. For example, a curling iron, lotion, and perfume are all things that can be shared by everyone and they are always needed when girls are getting ready to go out and hit the town. Also, if you're planning on bringing any drinks, gifts, or party favors, pack them first so you don't forget the main components of the party!

    Pack everything the day before.

    On the day of the bachelorette party, you will most likely be in a rush to get everything ready and ensure everyone understands where they need to be. Pack everything the day before so the morning of the party is calm and can be focused on last minute party details.

    Tell everyone to show up early.

    If you're planning a long drive, have to catch a flight, or just have strict reservations, the key to getting everyone there on time is to actually tell them to arrive 15-20 minutes before they actually need to be there. We all know how long it can take to gather a big group of people, especially when it comes to weekend trips or getting ready to hit the town. Having an early meetup time gives you a little insurance in case anyone is running late.

    Confirm reservations.

    As always, confirm any and all reservations for your bachelorette party just to make sure everything is set for your arrival. When you confirm your reservations, you can also change the size of your party if any changes occurred from the initial booking.

    Pack a first aid kit.

    Bachelorette parties usually involve a lot of dancing, heels, and fancy cocktails, so be sure to bring a first aid kit. Whether it's a bandaid to alleviate the pain of wearing heels all night or some Advil for a major headache the next morning, both you and the rest of the bachelorette party will appreciate your first aid kit should minor injuries occur!

    Document the night/weekend.

    A bachelorette party is definitely an event that the bride will remember for the rest of her life. Even though she may have it ingrained in her memory, she will also appreciate having as many photos from the night as possible. Use a hashtag for the bachelorette weekend on Instagram or find other photo sharing apps like PhotoCircle to document the night. If you aren't in an area with great cell phone reception, buy multiple disposable cameras and disperse them amongst the group.

    Have someone on bride duty.

    Bachelorette parties often get a little wild, especially for the bride-to-be. Have someone on bride duty to make sure everyone, especially the bride, stays safe and sticks together. Whether it's making sure she has enough water or food in her belly, fending off bachelors, or monitoring any bachelorette party games, having someone on bride duty ensures the bride's safety and fun.

    Plan to rest afterwards.

    Bachelorette parties that don't consist of massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures are exhausting and can really take the energy out of you. Be sure to grab some time to rest up after the bachelorette party. Consider doing a relaxing spa day as the final day of your bachelorette weekend to make sure you end on a good note and everyone is well-rested for the coming week!

    Have you planned any bachelorette parties? What are we missing? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.