How To Plan A Bachelorette Party: Temecula Style
Being asked to plan a Bachelorette party is perhaps one of the most scariest, yet, most special part of your best friend career! This is where your planning skills will be put to the test, but with a little patience and communication (this is key), your friends here at ERA Donahoe Realty, will provide you a step-by-step process to conquering your epic weekend in wine country. These are some things to keep in mind when planning your ultimate weekend getaway:
Communication: I cannot stress this enough! It is always important to ask the bride-to-be what she wants. Not every bride wants a crazy, unmemorable party, so Temecula is the perfect place to come plan a fun little retreat. Remember, the main goal of this trip is to make sure the bride-to-be has fun, and reconnects with her family and friends before she goes from Miss to Mrs.
Set a Timeline and Budget: The standard timeline for the ultimate party planning is somewhere between four to six months before the party date. In this time it is important to start a group chat with all the other bridesmaids and friends, to establish a clear line of communication. Next, this is where you start scouting for places to stay, things to do , and pricing. Budgeting comes into play once some ideas have been explored and the bride tribe has come up with a unanimous party cost and scheduled date. Be sure to send out the “save-the-date” invitations once the dates are set, and please do not invite anyone who is not invited to the actual wedding (seriously, awkward). Though, do not feel discouraged when some group members cannot shell out the same amount of moola as the rest of the group. In the event that that happens, have some alternate ideas, or compromise on certain tasks (maybe this person can pay for the bride-to-be’s mani, and you cover her facial cost, etc.). The key is to set a realistic expectation and have a little extra cash set aside for unforseen costs, because trust me, they do happen. And always remember, the bride does not pay for anything!
Be Clear About Deadlines and Codes of Conduct: It's not fun having to play Bounty Hunter and track down every bride tribe member for their share of the costs, but somebodys gotta do it. But in today’s world of advanced technology, Apps like Venmo, CashApp, and Apple Pay, makes payment methods way easier! Don’t be afraid to send a reminder email or text to make sure payment plans are scheduled.
Bachelorette Parties are notorious for fun and adventure, but it is important to set up some guidelines for the party weekend. Seriously, no one needs their boss to see them on social media dancing on tables, or taking shots out of questionable looking cups (you know what I’m talking about). Yes, it is fun to have these memories saved, but maybe not on your social media platform(s). It is suggested that social media “tagging” should be off limits, especially for the bride-to-be, and maybe phones should be put away for the post-dinner activies. Just something to think about when headed out to the bars and clubs. Do however, come up with a fun hashtag that goes with the weekends theme, and try to incorporate the brides last name into the hashtag for a little fun (with the brides permission of course).
Finalize plans, Confirm Reservations: As the Bachelorette weekend approaches, make sure that you stay on top of the reservations set on the schedule. This can be done by simply calling the locations and confirming the head count for each venue. Be sure to send out the weekends “bride tribe itinerary” to the group one to two weeks ahead of time to confirm pick up locations, transportation scheduling (did somebody say party bus?), and to avoid last minute hiccups. If you want to go above and beyond you can always set up a shareable Google Doc spreadsheet that breaks down the tasks you want to delegate, food restrictions, event pricing, and activities.
Buy Swag: Ahh yes, the bride tribe goodies. The excitement of confetti, colorful streamers and flirty little sashes make all the difference when setting the party mood. About two weeks out from the event, be sure to head to stores like Francesca’s, Spencer’s, and even Target for some cute swag. Things like little drink tumblers (to hide the wine), candles, notebooks, treats and bride tribe shirts are all the rage these days, especially for Instagram pictures! The list goes on, but don't feel overwhelmed about this step, these items are extras and not mandatory for the getaway weekend. So overall, don't stress it, live, laugh, love and sip sip away!