The bachelorette party—it’s one of the most fun parts of being in a bridal party. A fun girls’ weekend celebrating your BFF’s one last fling before the ring can be a memorable occasion you’ll all look back on and laugh at for years to come.
But planning the bachelorette party is the tricky part. With so many opinions flying around and so many budgets to take into account, figuring out where to go and what to do can take weeks and be extra stressful to accomplish.
To make the process a bit easier, check out these five tips for planning a bachelorette party that will save everyone money and headaches—phew!
1. Use Joint Communication
Group texts or email chains may not be the best way to communicate with the bridal party, since so many details need to be sorted out. One great way to keep everyone on the same page is to use Google Docs or another online doc-sharing tool that helps everyone see changes and updates in real time.
2. Ask for Budgets Upfront
Before picking a destination and planning activities, ask members of the bridal party how much they’re able to spend on the weekend. Plan around their budgets.
3. Don’t Plan All Meals Ahead of Time
Eating out three meals a day can get expensive and difficult to coordinate. Perhaps plan dinner and lunch and let everyone know breakfast is a free-for-all. That way, people don’t feel obligated to wake up early or spend $20 on a morning meal.
4. Recycle Decorations
To keep the vibe of the bachelorette party fun and exciting, you may want to splurge on decorations. Instead of buying expensive ones (let’s be real: They’ll probably end up in the trash post-weekend), see if you can borrow from other friends’ bachelorette parties or buy posters and signs online that have been used.
5. Skip the Printed Tees
Matching bridal party T-shirts may be something you’ve seen again and again, but it’s not necessary and may cost you $30 a pop. Skip it and do something else to coordinate, whether a color scheme or another accessory that’ll cost less.