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The How-To Lounge: Bachelorette Etiquette

One of the best parts about getting married is having a bachelorette party, but deciding who you should invite and what you should do can sometimes make what's supposed to be a carefree event feel more like a tedious chore.

To see my tips on bachelorette etiquette,

  • It's your party, so you can invite whomever you want! Some people assume that only the wedding party gets the invite, but friends and family members who aren't in the wedding are welcome too, just as long as they are invited to the wedding itself.
  • First decide if you want a relaxing or wild bachelorette party and make your reservations from there. To keep the prices down, four girls can easily share one room. Getting ready with your friends and goofing off at the end of the night are some of the most fun moments of a bachelorette party, so don't feel bad about packing the rooms tightly.
  • Since weddings are already so pricey, adding in the added expense of a weekend away might just be too much for some, so if you're the bride, don't take it personally if not all your friends can make it.
  • Give your girls plenty of time to plan for your bachelorette party. Some might need to start saving money months in advance, and booking far enough out will ensure your girls won't have any scheduling conflicts.
  • If some of the girls don't know each other, it's important to make sure no one feels left out. If you are the only common thread for a handful of the girls attending, perhaps you should share room with them over your best friend or maid of honor.
  • The most important part of any bachelorette party is to have fun, so enjoy your last weekend getaway with your girlfriends as a single woman!

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emalove emalove 9 years
I had no interest in a wild bachelorette party...I wanted my entire wedding party (guys included) to go into town for a big dinner and night of karaoke. And I had so much fun doing it this way!
Berlin Berlin 9 years
How about THIS: When you are taking the bride out for a bachelorette party, SHE should be the one getting super drunk, NOT the rest of you! I had the bride that was pretty tanked the other night, her 3 friends were worse off than her, and one of them was so drunk that she didn't even pay and ended up burning me with her cigarette that she forgot she was holding.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
We all (5 of us) drove to the beach and stayed in an inexpensive suite -- we had a GREAT time! ... hung out on the beach, walked on the beach during the day, and went out and got a little crazy at night. Of course, no one at MY party got arrested! (cough-husband'sbachelorparty-couh ;))
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 9 years
I'm so excited! We did Vegas last year for my friend, so we're doing Scottsdale for mine this summer. Its super fun, great weather, nightlife, shopping and spas and you can do it much cheaper than Vegas. I would highly recommend it!
julieulie julieulie 9 years
If cost is an issue, you also don't have to go AWAY. Maybe it's different because I live in a major city, but we had an awesome time staying right here, and then everyone crashed on my floor for the night. It's great to go away somewhere like Vegas if you can, but it is absolutely not necessary to have a good time.
designerel designerel 9 years
I just attended a bridal shower and bachelorette party a few weekends ago, but I'm not invited to the wedding. I thought this was a bit unusual, but I am assuming that only family is going to be at the wedding (if this is not the case, then ouch).
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
The last bachelorette party I went to was sort of boring. The only people invited were the girls in the wedding party, so there were only 4 of us because none of the other girls thought it was appropriate to invite anyone else. Oh well.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'm sure when my time comes it'll be great. I won't want it to be TOO crazy but who knows till the time comes!
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