If you’re planning a beach bachelorette party for the bride (or you’re the bride and hoping for a beach bash), this is for you! It’s easy to plan an amazing beach or poolside bachelorette party. Here’s how it’s done…
Beach Bachelorette Party
1. Pick a location.
First, you’ll want to pick a location. This is totally up to you and depends on how much you want to spend (and how much you want the bridesmaids to spend). A jet-set over to Miami, Palm Beach, or even Cancun are some popular places to go, as well as a cruise; but keep in mind that price can really add up. The bachelorette party doesn’t need to be overly expensive or even a faraway destination to be fun. Some of the local beaches or a road trip a few hours away can be just as relaxing! Even a spa or resort with a pool can be a totally relaxing oasis for a girls weekend. A road trip can be just as fun — and leaves pocket change for some serious fun on the town.
2. Pick a date.
The bachelorette party should be a few weeks before the big day. You should avoid one to two weeks before the wedding, as that’s often a stressful time when the bride gets some last-minute tasks done. Once the date is set, make reservations for hotel accommodations and check out local restaurants, things to do in town, and create an itinerary. Check the date with the bride first; then let the bridesmaids know about the date. This is also a great time to let them know about any costs associated.
3. Send printed invitations.
As with any great party, you’ll need to send an invitation by mail to invited guests. The Maid of Honor should obtain a guest list from the bride and send invitations approximately 4 to 6 weeks before the bachelorette party. Invitations should contain the location, date, and time, along with any pertinent information related to travel. Also include an RSVP email address and phone number so guests can confirm if they can or cannot attend.
4. Snag some cute beachwear.
Snag a veil for the bride (a casual, cheap one), maybe a sash, and tank tops for the girls.
Or these tank tops, which say, “Let’s Get Nauti'”
For the bride…
4. Pack some essentials for the guests.
A beach weekend calls for some essentials on hand! For starters, grab a cute tote bag for each attendee:
In the tote bag — which serves as your party favor — you’ll want to include any beach wear (above) and a few fun must-haves. You don’t have to include all of these (it could really add up in price), so we recommend choosing just a few of your favorites to fill up the bag.
– bottled water
Add these cute stickers to make them party perfect:
– snack (granola bar, candy, etc.)
– beach towel, like one of these turkish beach towels
– hangover kit (just in case)
– fun tattoos, like these bachelorette party temporary tattoos
– a tumbler, like this set, to stay hydrated (and take poolside or beachside)
– a magazine (for reading on the beach)
– sunglasses, like these hot pink sunnies
– any map or pamphlet from the place you’re staying (it’s helpful to have on hand)
– an itinerary
– bachelorette buttons like these
5. Decorate your space
Your lodging accommodations — hotel room, cabin, cottage, house, etc. — should have some decorations for the big bachelorette weekend. You’ll also want to select a color palette to use throughout the decor (and favors), with blue and white or hot pink and white as popular choices for a beach bachelorette party. Some of my favorite ideas include a banner that reads, “Future Mrs. ___” or “Last Sail Before the Veil”, like this one:
A few extra decorations such as drinking straws, table confetti, drink stirrers, and anchor cupcake toppers:
6. Have an itinerary planned.
Don’t roll your eyes at me yet! An itinerary doesn’t need to be all-encompassing, but you should think of a general order of events, especially for an entire weekend. For instance, here’s a quick itinerary rundown:
– Friday – arrive, have dinner and drinks, go to the beach for the sunset, rent movies, open gifts with the bride, give her a toast, and relax at the hotel/resort.
– Saturday – wake up, have brunch, go sightseeing, lunch, go to the beach, spa, relax back at the hotel, and then bar hopping
– Sunday – breakfast together, go to the beach or pool, lunch, spa, then travel home
Again, just a generalization — but you should have some idea of how the weekend will go (even if you find a really cool concert on Friday night, go out to bars, then sleep in and miss brunch and toss out the entire plan altogether). :)
7. Have plenty of food, snacks, and drinks.
Provide food, at least upon guests arriving to the venue location. It can be a dinner at a local restaurant or pizza in your hotel room, along with plenty of water for guests to stay hydrated. Have drinks on hand, whether it is a signature cocktail to toast the bride, wine, or non-alcoholic drinks like soft drinks or flavored water.
8. Play some fun games.
When you’re going out bar hopping or dancing, take these fun scratch off ‘dare’ cards along!
9. Take tons of photos.
You don’t have to post them on Instagram, but take a bunch just so you have them to remember the awesome party. Even better, get one of these — so they can be enjoyed right away.
10. Spoil the bride.
It’s not required, but most guests bring a gift for the bride to open at her bachelorette party. The gift can be small, from some cute underwear for the honeymoon, a luxe robe, etc. Spoil the bride, take a moment to toast to her and say a few words, and thank guests for coming to the party.
And of course… have fun!
For a beach bachelorette party for a day or a weekend, the host (usually the Maid of Honor) should keep close tabs on the guests. If you plan to go out partying, always plan to have transportation provided for everyone. If you’re staying in the hotel or at the resort, keep track of everyone and keep guests all together. Have fun — and most importantly, make sure the bride has fun!
What would you add to the list?