How to plan a bachelorette party
Knowing how to plan a bachelorette party or a girl’s trip is an important skill! Whether you’re celebrating a major milestone, upcoming wedding, or just want to get a way, a girls trip is always a good idea! As an avid traveler, who hasn’t quite taken the plunge into solo traveling, I do a lot of girls trips. For my birthday each year I usually take a trip. The past two years I’ve done a girls trip and had a wonderful time! Below are some tips for planning the perfect girls trip or bachelorette party!
- Create an itinerary: Having an itinerary makes group travel much smoother! Prior to the trip, get everyone’s input on a few landmarks or activities of interest. Use this list to create a loose itinerary (I like to use google sheets) and continue to update it as plans and reservations are confirmed.Include optional activities on the itinerary in case plans change.
- Make the itinerary manageable: plan only 2-3 activities per day max. Try to group activities that are near each other or on the way to one another. For example book lunch reservations near the major sightseeing for the day. This cuts down on transportation time and costs. Also include free time for rest, solo exploration, or enjoying the on site amenities.
- Get reservations: Plan ahead of time for restaurants and ticketed events when possible. Share the updated itinerary a few days before the trip so that everyone knows the times and location for meals and activities. PRO TIP: Be sure to include the weather forecast if possible, this will help everyone know what to pack for the trip.
Where to go for a Bachelorette Party / Girl’s Trip:
Try to Keep Travel & Lodging Affordable: The more the merrier, except when it comes to spending money. Look for a location that has a lot to offer but stays within budget. Need more tips? Check out these suggestions below!
Bachelorette Party Planning Checklist:
- Now that you have the location, have everyone pick a few landmarks or activities that are a MUST for them. Use this list to create a loose itinerary (I like to use google sheets) and continue to update it as plans are solidified.
- Make reservations ahead of time for restaurants and when possible and share the updated itinerary a few days before the trip so that everyone knows the plan for mealtimes and location on the itinerary. Be sure to also include the anticipated weather if possible, this will help everyone know what to pack.
- Keep the itinerary manageable, plan only 2-3 activities per day max. Try to group by location, for example book lunch reservations near the major sightseeing for the day. Also include free time for solo exploration or enjoying the on site amenities. Include optional activities on the itinerary for those that want to do something more adventurous.
- Schedule in a spa day: One of the best things about vacation is having the time to unwind, especially if it’s been a particularly adventurous trip. Planning for an optional spa day gives everyone the opportunity to relax and recharge. If your lodging has a spa on site be sure to call ahead and share the service menu with the group so they can plan ahead. For those that aren’t into the spa they can have free time to explore and do an activity on their own. The last day before going home should be the spa day. Ending your trip with a spa day ensures you’re refreshed when you return home.
- Plan to do at least one group photo. It can be themed like an all white night or just a day during one of your group dinners. I typically always book a photography shoot during my trips in order to get photos for my travel blog. Although Get at least one professional group photo.