The future bride and groom aren’t the only ones that are busy planning for a big event. The maid of honor or matron of honor will have some major organizing to do as well. As part of her required duties, she has to write a memorable toast for the reception and plan for a bachelorette party that no one will forget.
When planning for the bachelorette party, the maid of honor should consider:
Choosing a date is a good way to start. The organizer should check with the guests and choose a date that works best for the group. If the party will be local, it may be more convenient to pick a night close enough to the day of the wedding that travelling guests will be more likely be able to attend. For a destination bachelorette party, it’s popular to keep the travel dates within two weeks of the wedding. While a destination bachelorette party can get pricey, costs at any bachelorette party can add up. Keep in mind how much guests are willing to spend. They also have other expenses that go along with attending a wedding.
Once the future bride and groom finalize their guest list, the maid of honor can begin to create invitations. When making the invite list she needs to include the bride, of course, and all of the bridesmaids. She should consult the bride to be sure that all of her relatives and other friends she wants to invite are included too. Invitations are less formal for a bachelorette party than most other wedding related events. The maid of honor can send digital invitations or create social media events. For a more simple local party, she may be able to get away with making calls, sending emails, or sending texts in lieu of formal invitations. For hefty local events or a destination bachelorette party, a maid of honor should consider sending invitations with more notice. Eight weeks or more would be appropriate.
The maid of honor should give special attention to those that need to travel. They will appreciate the thoughtfulness because of the extra time it takes to find lodging, book flights, rent cars, etc. If the bachelorette party won’t be local, the maid of honor needs to figure out the logistics for all of the guests. This will double the work but it may double the experience too. She needs to know how guests will get around. Will they need to rent cars, use a ridesharing service, take the metro, or walk? Hotels or other lodging needs to be vetted and booked. Timing of guests arriving and departing is important too. Everybody needs to know when and where they need to be places.
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