While we watch wedding traditions fly out the window (throwing rice, not seeing each other before the ceremony, getting married outside of a church), Bachelorette Party traditions are changing as well. Or at least they might need to depending on the bride-to-be.
Bachelorette Party Dos & Don’ts
DON’T: Black Dresses
The LBD is never going out of style, but the trend of having all your bridesmaids wear black for your bachelorette party has gone stale. Mix things up a bit!
DO: Organized Attire
Give the bridesmaids a direction in their attire, possibly choose her favorite color, maxi dresses, or any color other than black or white. OR it would be cute to have the attendees all in white, while the bride-to-be is in a color that she loves. Whichever direction you choose, help point the gals on the right path with example outfit photos.
DON’T: Sell Suckers
It’s time to say goodbye to the Suck-for-a-Buck sucker bouquet. Bar-goers are seeing right through this tacky tradition of convincing others to buy a sucker from the bride’s “sucker bouquet” for $1. It’s time to try something new or just stop begging others for money.
DO: Split the cost of the Bride-to-Be’s Drinks
Give every Bachelorette Party attendee a ribbon for tying in a bow on their wrist. When the bride wants a drink, she pulls the ribbon off each of her girlfriends (or boyfriends) wrists! This activity is much classier than begging others for money or leaving the maid-of-honor with the bar tab.
DON’T: Plan A Generic Evening
Just getting dressed up and going out can definitely be a blast, maybe with a few bonus surprises for the bride along the way! But before planning three hotel room games, a night out at a crowded dance club, or building that sucker bouquet, it doesn’t hurt to consult the bride-to-be first. Plan a unique evening with a bit of the bride’s consideration.
DO: Plan a Bride-Approved Evening
Think outside of the bachelorette party box. Find activities the bride-to-be loves that she doesn’t typically get to partake in with her besties! Going to a sporting event, hiking and glamping, or a creative activity that could be decor at the wedding are just the start of possibilities! Or how can you help create the perfect night out that is an elevated version of every other Saturday night? We DO challenge you to make this an unforgettable experience for the bride filled with things she actually wants to do.
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and time seems to fly during the process! Because things come at you fast in this time, it’s easy to make a few mistakes. You may be trying to save money or time, but there are just some things you shouldn’t cut corners on! Here are a seven mistakes to avoid:
- Assuming Invited Guests Will RSVP “No”
There’s a good chance that you’ve created a list of people you’re going to invite and a list of people you expect to attend. You may even give your caterer and reception venue a number of attendance based off of the people you expect to say “no”! However, there are going to be a few people that will likely surprise you and end up attending your wedding. Don’t count anyone out, if you don’t want to exceed a number of guests then simply don’t invite those guests!
- Allowing Others to Tell You Who to Invite
If you’ve already decided on a wedding venue, then you’re likely limited to the amount of people you can invite to your wedding. Plus, with catering and other expenses it may be expensive when you start inviting every single person you’ve ever met! With that being said, remember that your wedding IS your wedding after all. You go ahead and invite who you want to invite, and don’t let others tell you who you should/shouldn’t invite!
- Skipping the Hair/Makeup Trial Run
You never truly know what you’ll look like after the hair/makeup makeover until all is said and done. So, shouldn’t you at least go in and try things out to make sure you have the look you’re going for? Makeup artists and hairstylists create dramatically beautiful looks, but if all that eye shadow and volume isn’t you, make those decisions ahead of time.
- Allowing Cellphones During the Ceremony
Your ceremony should only include one photographer, the one you hired. (Hire two professional photographers if you want extra stunning shots!) Trust us, no one else will capture a better picture, and someone is bound to forget to turn their phones on silent and keep the flash off. The LAST thing you want is for your great aunt to ruin the ceremony by blinding the officiant with her iPhone’s flash!
- Letting Others Talk You into Traditions You Don’t Want!
The chicken dance, the dollar dance, receiving line, etc. There are so many things that could go into a wedding that you either love or you hate. With that being said, if you’re all for the chicken dance at your wedding, don’t let anyone tell you to cut it! However, if you can’t stand the dollar dance and everyone tries to tell you to add it, don’t listen to them! This night is about YOU; don’t allow anyone to sway your opinion.
- Second Guessing Choices Made
With so many choices being made and so many options, it can be easy to second guess decisions you’ve already made. If you second guess the choices you’ve already made, then all you’ll be doing during your planning process is second guessing! We urge you to be sure of the choices you make, but once you make those choices be confident in them! Otherwise you’ll only add stress to the process.
- Not Hiring Top Notch Vendors
The vendors you hire act as a team on your wedding night. One weak link on the team could ruin all the great plans you’ve set for the evening. Don’t cut corners when it comes to hiring wedding vendors. Be sure they work well together, are super-experienced with weddings, and have great reviews!
We hope these tips will help ease your wedding planning. We urge you to be sure of your decisions made, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Most importantly, have fun throughout the process because it only happens once!