You want to throw a virtual bachelorette party for your fave bride-to-be, but you don’t want it to suck, am I right? Well, good thing you came here first! We know exactly how to plan a virtual bachelorette party that isn’t lame at ALL. We know things aren’t the same right now with Coronavirus wrecking your original party plans, and everyone stuck in quarantine and all… but you can still plan an awesome bachelorette party online thanks to some ingenious party games, digital bachelorette invitations, party theme suggestions, and virtual bachelorette party ideas we’ve found for you. And best of all, everyone can stay safe and healthy at home, so that’s a huge bonus.
Like this mug says, stay the bleep home so I can get married! Ha! :) So true! (Mug by StarboardHome.)
Some bachelorette parties are taking place online as a way to connect with guests who live in other states, or even other portions of the globe; even far away, we now have the technology to connect with everyone and “get together” and see each other on video and in real-time to celebrate the bride!
The most important thing to keep in mind when you’re planning or attending a virtual bachelorette party is this:
MAKE IT SPECIAL FOR THE BRIDE.
A virtual bach bash may not be ideal, and it surely wasn’t what she had in mind; but a party of any kind — digital, virtual, whatev — is way better than skipping over it completely. The bride just wants to know that everyone cares, she wants a little bit of a fuss, she wants a few silly party games, some drinks (with a shot OR not — totally up to her preference! — and her girls by her side, even if through a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. A virtual bachelorette can be fun and memorable, but it just takes a little pre-planning to make it happen. And that’s why you have us on your side. :) We did all the digging to find the best virtual bachelorette party ideas to inspire your crew to throw the best celebration ever. This is all about the bride, so make it fun!
So, let’s get to the party planning!
Virtual Bachelorette Party
First things first: every bachelorette party needs a proper invitation, so send yours ASAP. Pick a date, preferably a Friday or Saturday, and send out those (digital!) invites. Since this virtual bach bash is happening online, it is perfectly acceptable to send digital bachelorette party invitations, too.
1. Digital Bachelorette Party Invitations
You can find digital bachelorette party invitations at Greenvelope and customize them to your liking. I love the styles they offer; even that cheetah or leopard print is so reminiscent of Carole *^%^$#$ing Baskin right now. :)
Just be sure to update the invitation to reflect your virtual party location, like, “A link will be sent on Facebook/to your email/texted to you” prior to the start of the event.
If you want virtual invitations that are perfectly styled for a virtual event, try these instead. You may need to edit out ‘birthday’ or ‘happy hour’ to reflect ‘bachelorette party’ instead, but it’s easy to edit in their platform.
Obviously, your virtual bachelorette party is going to take place online only, so you’ll want to make this clear to your guests. If needed, you can edit out the location portion of any invitation and include something like, “Takes place online via Zoom”. Zoom is fantastic as a platform for hosting parties online and it’s free for up to a certain number of guests. You may need to upgrade your package for the bachelorette party, as I think there is a time limit on the ‘free’ membership up to 40 minutes and that may not be long enough to party your booties off. :)
You can start an online party / meeting on Zoom here. When I hosted a virtual party for my mom’s group recently, they actually waived the 40-minute limit due to Covid-19 and as a way to get more people to connect online, so that was pretty cool. I’m not sure how long that lasts, so check on their website just to make sure. You wouldn’t want the party to end at 40-minutes in and have to restart the room / get a new meeting link and everything.
Now that you know where your virtual bachelorette party will be and where it will be held, it’s time to put it in a formal invitation. Here are some examples of virtual bachelorette invitations to send online for your party. There are many available here.
Virtual Bachelorette Decorations
As a good host, you should try to make the bachelorette party as festive as possible, even online. This means you should decorate YOUR space to reflect the bachelorette party headquarters. You can invite guests to decorate their spaces, too, if you’d like; however, this is not mandatory. Instead, you can make yours as glitzed out as possible. Also, be sure to add some fun party accents, like these fun quarantine happy hour cups, which you can send to guests in the mail ahead of time (or just sip from one yourself, or send one to the bride!)
These cups are by PicturePerfectPapier.
Have a custom bachelorette party garland made in the bride’s name and display it behind you during the party. This one is cute and is available at EarlesFolly.
Or this fun “Corona Bride” banner by DantanaDesignCo.
A really fun idea I love is to send silly + fun bachelorette party favors to guests AHEAD of the party, so they can use them during the online bachelorette bash. It doesn’t have to be expensive: things like can coolers to use with their drinks, or heart-shaped sunglasses to wear, or even fun bachelorette party attire like this are all fun ways to make the virtual bachelorette party festive and memorable… like these quarantine bachelorette party tumblers! Mail these tumblers out to your guests ahead of time so they can sip from them at the party. By PersonalizedMom.
These below are all available to buy at BubblyAndBash.
BACHELORETTE PARTY ATTIRE
You can also ask guests to dress in something specific like everyone wears hot pink or black and the bride wears white, or wear something silly like an old prom dress and get all dolled up, or wear a favorite sports team jersey or t-shirt for a sports-themed bash, etc. Cozy cabin themed virtual bachelorette? Have everyone wear these flannels and invite guests to make a specialty hot cocoa, etc. Get creative! Choose a theme the bride loves and run with it.
And be sure to send the bride a special shirt to wear, or a festive bridal crown to make her stand out. :)
This shirt is by North2SouthDesigns.
And this fun bridal crown is by FestiveGal.
OK — decorations? Check! Invitations? Check! Attire? You got it! Favors, even?! Yesss! Let’s get to the itinerary!
Online Bachelorette Party Plan
Here is exactly how to host a bachelorette party online. The party usually starts around 7pm or 8pm, then might run until 11pm or even later. Plan ahead for at minimum two hours in length, three hours if you’re playing games (highly recommended, and we’ll cover that later in this post).
As your job figuring out how to throw a virtual bachelorette party, being a good host is essential and will keep the party moving along with a proper itinerary.
Here’s how the flow of a virtual bachelorette party will go; feel free to change up the format to suit your guests and the bride best.
Guests arrive / party starts
Guests arrive. The host (you!) sends everyone a link to the Zoom meeting you’ve set up through Facebook, text, or email. Guests join the meeting, connect their video and audio, and start chatting with each other. Now is a great time to tell guests to settle in and grab a drink of choice.
PRO TIP: On the invitation, encourage guests to bring a beverage of choice. It may be fun to have a special drink in mind that is the bride’s favorite, i.e. everyone brings a margarita for a fiesta themed virtual bachelorette party. Or everyone brings a glass of their favorite wine, and then discusses it (a fun idea if the bride is into wine tastings or the wedding is planned in Sonoma, or you were originally planning a wine fueled bach fest. Or simple beer, cocktails, mocktails, or coffee and tea are great, too. This doesn’t have to be alcohol, it can be any drink of choice, from colas to coffees. :)
You’ll introduce yourself, explain how you know the bride, your role in the wedding (if there is one, such as Maid of Honor or Bridesmaid, or simply the sister of the bride, close friend, cousin, etc.) Now is the time you will ask guests what they brought to drink: rather than going around and making everyone introduce themselves, which can be uncomfortable for some, this is a less formal way to get everyone chatting and sort of “break the ice”, especially if many of these guests are not acquainted with one another.
2. Formally Introduce the Bride
Everyone knows the bride, but now is a great time to really shine the spotlight on her. Say something like, “We are all so thrilled to celebrate your virtual bachelorette party with you today, ______! We have so much fun planned for you tonight and we wanted to do something special to celebrate your big wedding day coming up. This is your last “single” night, so let’s party!” Then send it over to her, inviting her to say anything she’d like to guests. Some prompts are helpful for guests or the host to ask the bride, such as:
– What are you most excited about for your upcoming wedding?
– Tell us what your dress looks like!
– Are you still finishing up any wedding plans?
– Did you guys decide on a honeymoon / where / when?
– Are you nervous about the wedding?
– What are you most looking forward to about married life?
– What is something you can’t wait to do to relax, once the wedding is over? I.e. Take a vacation, enjoy a hobby together, focus on something she enjoys, etc.
Also, have guests talk about how excited they are about the wedding!
These are just examples, but they are great ways to get guests and the bride chatting about the big day. Remember, the focus is on the bride and the excitement for the upcoming wedding, so try to keep it on-topic so it is all about her. :) Of course, the conversation will also naturally take a few turns and talk about pop culture, or that great tv show someone is watching, or a silly story someone has to share, and that’s great. Conversation moving = a fun virtual bachelorette party. :) Keep it exciting and interesting. Just gently guide the focus back to the bride and the wedding, at times, to keep the party on-topic.
3. Marriage Advice / Date Night Tips / Bucket List Suggestions, etc.
If you have some guests in attendance who are married, invite them to share their favorite wedding advice or helpful tips. For people who aren’t married, they can share relationship tips or fun ideas for date nights, or even places to travel together. In lieu of asking everyone to contribute their ideas on the spot, it is a fun idea to have guests email them to you ahead of time and you can read them aloud.
Ok, now it’s time to play games! Now is a great time to take a mini 2-minute break and tell guests to go run to the restroom, refill a drink, grab a snack, etc. because the games are about to begin!
Virtual Bachelorette Party Games
The big question we get asked about this new virtual bachelorette party trend is, what do you do? And that’s easy: play games and have activities planned! Don’t rely solely on people keeping the conversation going, or everyone might sit there and awkwardly stare at each other, not knowing what to do or say. Here are some fun games your bachelorettes can play even online.
– Guided Games is the NEW, cool way to do game night. I’ve tried this myself (ask for Landon, he’s an awesome host!) and it was so much fun! It’s all the excitement of pub trivia but from your own home. It all takes place seamlessly on Zoom, so you can plan a game night to coincide with your virtual bachelorette party, and it will take place right inside your Zoom bach bash room! The best part about Guided Games is your host will take care of everything, so you — as the person hosting the virtual bachelorette party — can ALSO sit back and relax and let them take care of all the trivia fun for your guests. Guests pick their own team name just like you would for trivia at your local bar or restaurant; the host teaches you and your guests the rules, keep score, and answer any questions you have along the way. Once the rounds are over, the winner is tallied and can earn bragging rights. :) You can choose a scavenger hunt, trivia night, or trivia night + happy hour.
It is fun, easy, and a great addition to your virtual bachelorette party or if you host a happy hour online. Get started here!
FRIENDS THEMED TRIVIA
– Fan of Friends? If you dreamed of planning a Friends themed bachelorette party but you had to make virtual plans, take it online instead! This FRIENDS themed quiz game which includes 5 rounds and 50 questions for true fans of the show! Get it digitally at Quizzology.
These fun printable games are classic party games to play with the bride. You can buy them online and print them out, send them to guests to print, or mail them to guests ahead of time. You can get a bunch of different games in a bundle from HelloRosePaperie, like this one example of ‘He said / she said’ which is always a fun game to play even online.
WATCH A MOVIE WITH NEW PARTY FEATURE
I learned this from my niece and wish I knew about it sooner! Did you know you can watch a Netflix movie together with your party, thanks to their new party feature? You can chat with guests and watch the movie together in real-time. If you or someone pauses it, the movie is paused for everyone, so you can take a mini-break and chat, grab drinks, etc. My favorite: put on ‘Bridesmaids’ for some seriously fun virtual bachelorette party laughs! Check out this new Netflix feature here.
Once the party games or movie ends, it’s time to wrap up the rest of the festivities.
5. More Conversation
This is pretty open-ended here. Guests can continue to chat, sip on beverages, etc. Once it’s time to officially end the party (booo!), here’s how to do it.
6. Toast / End the Party
As the host, thank guests for coming to the party. Do a toast to the bride: have everyone raise a glass and give your best wishes for her wedding day. Then, have everyone do a “cheers” together. Ask guests to smile and take a screenshot / photo of the party — this is a fun touch to send to the bride after the virtual bachelorette party is over — and then say goodbye to guests. Guests will say bye to the bride and log off of the virtual chat room. Exit the screen (“leave meeting”), and you’re done!
Wow, you just planned the best virtual bachelorette party ever! Go, you! See? It IS possible to have a quarantine bachelorette party that rocks!
Making this moment for the bride memorable is such a wonderful thing to do, so even if the party is virtual it will be one she will always remember.
We hope you enjoyed these online bachelorette party ideas, and we hope they helped you throw a fun virtual bachelorette for your favorite bride-to-be.
If you have anything to add to this list, please feel free to comment in the box below. We’d love to add fresh ideas to our planning guide!
P.S. Planning a virtual bridal shower? There’s a guide for that!