Ultimately, this pre-wedding event should look exactly the way you want it to.

Your maid of honor is ready to start planning your bachelorette party, so it's important to start thinking about what you want this day to look like. Have you always envisioned a long weekend away with all of your closest family and friends, or is your idea of the perfect bachelorette party just a night out on the town with your bridal party? The former has definitely become the gold standard as of late, but it's not your only option should you want to shake things up. So, does the bachelorette party have to last the whole weekend, or can it be shorter? Ultimately, the decision is up to you!

Long weekends—or even a week—away affords the bride a great opportunity to escape from wedding-planning stress and spend quality time with her bridesmaids, and other close friends and family, before the big day. Depending on your locale, you get to enjoy a variety different activities together, like a day out by the pool, spa treatments, wine tastings, and more. But while the idea of a multi-day bachelorette party—especially one at a faraway locale—is great, it can be cost prohibitive. It's important to figure out what everyone is able to spend before you start planning.

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What's more, you have to contend with everyone's schedules. When you plan a multi-day bachelorette party, it's important to give everyone enough notice so that they can request time off from work or make plans for other obligations, like child and pet care. Even if you give everyone plenty of notice, though, there's a chance some people just won't be able to attend, so be prepared and understanding if some of your bridal party and friends have to decline.

If you're hoping to plan something a little more low key—and want to ensure everyone can make it—consider a one-night bachelorette party instead. This is an especially good choice for those who have many out-of-town bridesmaids. This allows you to have one big night of fun with all of your closest friends and family in tow. Plus, if you're looking to plan something budget-friendly, you can maximize everyone's contributions best during a one-night event.


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