(Photo Credit: Emily Bailey Photography) Tonight my littlest brother(in-law) marries the woman of his dreams.
These two are perfect for each other and I could not be more excited to officially welcome her in to our family. Just an example of how perfect they are for each other, they were born on the same day, same year, at the exact same time. I couldn’t make this up if I tried. Last weekend, we celebrated the bride to be with a Dallas Bohemian bachelorette party. Today, I am sharing how to plan and execute the perfect bachelorette party (and even give you our Dallas picks).
Photos taken by me, unless otherwise noted.
Although the maid of honor typically has the ultimate say in what goes down at a bachelorette party, it is a good idea to collaborate with bridesmaids and divide up duties between them. Maybe you are fortunate enough to have someone that loves to make floral designs and has a great eye for decorating. Even if you are someone who likes to have control and plan everything yourself, it is always a good idea to ask for help. Send someone to pick up the cupcakes, decor, make cookies, or plan the games. It will help you enjoy the party more.
Start with a bridal brunch
Pancakes, egg casserole, fruit and bacon are all you need for the perfect bridal brunch. This will give the bride a chance to feel loved and everyone an opportunity to get some food on their stomachs before an evening of drinking (or whatever fun adventures you have at night). It also gives the mom of the bride and groom a chance to feel included in the festivities without joining the bachelorette night.
Our bridal brunch was hosted by one of the bridesmaid’s mom, so it made the perfect start to the bachelorette party. Emily (the rockstar bridesmaid and photographer I will reference frequently in this post) and her mom made sure every little detail was vintage, floral, dainty and perfect- just like our bride.
Get a hotel room
Having a hotel room for the night allows you to go out late and have a place to all be together the next morning. It makes the bachelorette party feel more like a staycation. Our group chose to get two rooms next to each other at The Belmont, a historic boutique hotel in Dallas.
One of the major benefits of this hotel was the pool. Not only does it make for great photos, but it gave us an opportunity to relax and cool off in the Texas heat.
Include the lingerie shower
Instead of having a separate shower, combine it with the bachelorette party. This will alleviate some of the time commitments bridesmaids have between the wedding, rehearsal, showers, and more. We decided to have everyone bring a piece of unwrapped lingerie and have the bride guess who brought it. It was fun to see it all displayed rather than waste bags and tissue paper.
Choose a theme
Most bachelorette party groups the bride wears white and everyone else wears black. Many women wear sashes, pins, or tanks that tell the public they are a group.
Our theme was bohemian, and every girl was encouraged to find a floral or flowy dress with matching flower crowns. (I rented my dress from Rent the Runway). Emily, hand-made all of our beautiful crowns. Since we didn’t have anything that screamed bachelorette party (think themed necklaces, veils, etc), we had people asking us all night what we were just dressed up for. Everyone’s dresses complimented one another so well.
Flowers make a huge difference in every setting. They made a beautiful centerpiece, gorgeous backdrop, and even brighten up food and water. Seriously, fill a large ice cube tray with edible flowers and water to make the water pitcher this beautiful.
Make reservations at a great restaurant for your group. We chose Smoke because it is right next door to the hotel. That allowed us time to get ready, take photos, and just walk over. During dinner, we put all of our phones in the center of the table, so we had no distractions. Everyone in our group went around the circle and shared their favorite funny memory and a sweet thing about the bride. It was nice to live in the moment and enjoy one another.
A party isn’t complete without a few party games. One of the games requires little prep and few supplies (just a few pieces of paper and pens). The other will require a little bit of prep.
Game 1: Porn or polish- The Bert Show has this funny game on their site. It is the perfect party game. One person reads out the titles and the participants have to guess whether they think it is a title of a polish or porn. They can list it on their paper and the person with the most correct answers wins a nail polish.
Game 2: Bachelorette Jeopardy- Everyone loved this game! It was such a big hit.
- Create Jeopardy board (you can use note cards and a foam board) using these categories/questions (or create your own)
- One by one, each girl will go up to the board and remove the card the bride instructs her too. She will read it out loud and the bride will answer the question. If she answers the question correctly, the person who read it will take the drink. If she answers incorrectly, the bride will take the drink.
- Use your own point system to determine drinks. (We did sip of drink, vodka gummy bears, 1/2 shot, full shot, “punishment of choice”)
Late night entertainment
Whether you choose to take your group to your favorite rooftop bar, club, dance, or piano bar, have a plan for late night entertainment. We tried the new piano bar in Deep Ellum, Louie Louie’s and had a blast! The musicians were extremely talented, all of them played more than just the piano. We arrived around 9:30 and were able to get a seat. By 10:30, the place was packed! We stayed until around 1:30 because we had so much fun singing and dancing. If you have never been to a piano bar before, it is a great time. You can request songs, but don’t forget to tip! Louie Louie’s did a great job of celebrating our bachelorette and even brought her on stage a few times.
Don’t forget party favors
Party favors are fun and a great way to show appreciation for your guests. Our matron of honor, Natalie, went above and beyond to create this cute “Hangover bag” for all of us full of great party favor ideas.
Some favor ideas:
- dry shampoo
- fun hair accessory
A great team can accomplish a lot. Our bride-to-be loved her bachelorette, and yours will too!
What is your favorite idea for a bachelorette party? Leave me a comment below!