Your Bachelorette Party Checklist

Make sure the pre-wedding party goes off without hitch by following this cheat sheet. It breaks down what you need to do and when you need to do it.

Photography by: Meredith Jenks

The purpose of a bachelorette party is to give the bride-to-be a break from wedding planning and let her cut loose with her closest friends. So, Ms. Maid-of-Honor, are you ready to step up to the plate and plan the perfect party? Use our timeline below to seamlessly pull it off.



Choose a theme.

While most of the details of the bachelorette party should be kept under wraps from the bride-to-be it's best to get a sense of what kind of soiree she's looking for before you start planning. Is it a low-key and relaxing day at the spa? A debaucherous night out on the town decked out in sashes and an assortment of penis-shaped accessories? A wine tasting weekend getaway? A flower arranging workshop followed by a mimosa brunch? Have a brief chat with your friend and see what type of party she would like to have.


Set the guest list.

Get a list of names from your friend. Be sure that everyone on the list is invited to the wedding and that all of the bridesmaids and any future sister-in-laws are included. You're not required to invite the mother-of-the-bride but if your friend is comfortable with her there and wants her to attend, invite her!


Look at a calendar.

Typically a bachelorette party happens about a month or two before the big-day but if you're looking to have a destination party be sure to take into account what the weather might be during that timeframe and adjust accordingly--no one wants to party it up in Mexico in the middle of hurricane season. Also, if the ladies on the guest list reside in different corners of the world you may want to have something small and brief a day or two before the wedding (this would be the perfect opportunity to have a spa day).



Send save-the-dates.

Shoot an email to the invitees and let them know when the event will be taking place and an estimate of what the cost will be (remember that the bride-to-be does not pay and her portion will be split amongst the group). If any conflicts arise you'll have more than enough time to try and alter plans to accommodate people's budgets and schedules (but keep in mind that it may be impossible to find a day and amount of money that will work for everyone).


Secure airline and hotel accommodations.

If you will be partying afar now is the time for guests to buy their airfare and reserve hotel rooms for the best rates and to ensure availability.



Finalize the details.

Email attendees to confirm the RSVP list and let them know the final cost of the party. If possible, have all the ladies download a money transferring app like Venmo so money can easily be sent to you (this will be especially useful if you need to put down deposits on any group activities).


Make remaining reservations. 

Book all the necessary reservations for dinner, cocktails, activities, and entertainment.


Don't forget transportation. 

The night should end with a collection of embarrassing group selfies, not mugshots so be sure you have transportation at the ready throughout the festivities.



Stock up on supplies.

Buy all the necessary accoutrements for the big night. This includes the aforementioned penis accessories and sashes (if that's the bride-to-be's thing) but also any other decor, props, and any items needed for planned games.


Finalize itinerary.

Send a detailed itinerary to all the guests containing meetup time, addresses of all locations you'll be visiting, and any other pertinent information.


Confirm reservations.

Request that the hotel give you adjoining rooms, ask a for specific table at the restaurant, and be sure to remind everyone you speak with that you will be there with a bachelorette party in case the venues offer any special perks.



Send a group text. 

Two reasons to send a group text: One, it will get everyone pumped and excited for the next day; two, everyone will have each other's number in case people get separated from the group.


Check in with the bride.

Give your friend as many details as you can let on about the upcoming day.


Get some sleep!

You'll need it!


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About the Author

Lindsay Brown

As a former managing editor of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, Lindsay has been entrenched in the bridal world for over seven years. From etiquette to fashion, she has extensive knowledge of everything wedding-related. When she isn't writing, Lindsay can be found tackling a home renovation project with her husband, or chasing after her toddler-aged daughter in Long Island, New York.


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