Before you get going, it’s a really good idea to gauge everyone’s appetite and tastes.
- Start by asking the bride what she has in mind. If it’s for the bachelorette, is Vegas in the cards? An intimate dinner with friends? A night out on the town with the girls? If it’s a shower, does she want a lunch, a dinner, a tea, or maybe something a bit more cheeky…
- How many people are we talking about? Will family be invited, or just friends?
- Right before the wedding or a few weeks in advance?
Before you get started, figure out how much time you want to put into the whole gig. When I was an event planner, I always started by figuring out the budget and the time frame available. If you have loads of time on your hands (and money), you can plan everything from scratch. If not, consider going somewhere that will take care of all the details for you.
For example, for bachelorette party packages in Miami, here are some options:
- IronFlower Fitness has multiple party packages, and you can split the cost with Splitable:
- Spa Packages: MySpa Miami has Wedding Packages available. The ultra luxe Spa at Mandarin Oriental also has full and half-day packages available, and they even have private suites where you and your group can do mini-spa sessions with Champagne to your hearts content.
- Get a table just for the girls at a nightclub. It may be the first time you’ve paid for a table, but trust me, it’ll be worth it. Expect to pay at least $250 for a top night club table to start and dance the night away. Tip: if you’re planning to go crazy, best to arrange a limo for everyone to get home safe after all the fun.
- Get on a boat and just hang. If the bachelorette wants to just catch up with everyone, best to get bikinis out and get some rays while you’re at it! Golden Yacht Charters has more than 2 dozen yachts available for half and full day charters, and you can split the cost with your friends online!
Hands down, the best thing about a pre-packaged plan is that you know all of the costs pretty quickly without many surprises. If you’re going up for planning a bachelorette party or shower from scratch, here’s my go-to checklist:
- Date, time and how long
- How many people, list of invitees
If you have more to add to this list, especially any ideas for pre-packaged parties, let us know! Even if you’re not in Miami, we’d love to hear your fun ideas!