Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bachelorette Weekend - Numero Uno

Well, I officially have my first Bachelorette Party under my belt!  

Being a MOH is hard work, but the results are beyond worth it.  Shannon & I met freshman year of college & immediately became TMIBFF's, so being able to be her right hand woman during this time of her life is so meaningful to me!  

I would say the most difficult thing in planning a bachelorette party is to remember who it is for!  This is about the BRIDE--not you.  It's easy to plan something that you know that you would enjoy, but it's a little more challenging to remain focus on what she would enjoy.  It's important to think of her personality & really analyze what would give her the best party she could imagine!  Of course you can talk to her & ask her exactly what she wants, but if you're like me, surprises are the way to go!   

It's important to coordinate with who ever is attending to chose a date and a budget.  Once that is done, you'll want to send a "save the date",  probably 6 weeks in advance.  Here's the one I made:  

The next 6 weeks, of course, become planning time.  Events, decorations, games, gifts, etc.  Once you get a plan, you'll want to send the official invitation, with itinerary, 3 weeks in advance requesting the RSVP 7-10 days prior to the event.  You'll need the time to coordinate reservations, appointments, & quantities.  Here's my itinerary:

I tried to include details, but no specifics--you never know what will happen!  I also included tips on what to bring & an idea of what finances would be needed.  Assigning each person to bring a breakfast item was probably the best idea we had!

I did learn, that coordinating in "rest" time is a yes. We would have never made it through the weekend if we didn't take an hour of much needed laying/sleeping!  These "Survival Kits" were perfect for this R&R time.  They each had gum, lip balm, advil, lotion, m&ms, & a princess band aid.  Of course there was a mini moscato & a penis covered balloon attached to each as well!

To me the most important this is capturing these memories!  I'm basically obsessed with taking pictures.  It can be obnoxious at times, but it is worth it!  Imagine reminiscing on your 25th anniversary, talking about your bachelorette weekend.  Verbal+visual stimulation > only verbal.  Because ya know, a picture is worth a thousand words ;)   It also let's you do even more fun/cutesy things! Oh, and a hashtag is necessary!  Here are some of my favorite pictures from this weekend.

 Girls Night In!  Though the picture indicates otherwise, the prego woman of course did NOT partake in the 8 bottles of wine we completed.

 TreeHouse Winery -  wine tasting/photo op.  Sadly, it was excruciatingly hot for September, so we didn't get to take in the scenery for long.  But I highly  recommend visiting if ever in the Charlotte area it was gorgeous!

this is 4 bags of $0.97 sequins from Walmart.  Place in hands & blow (as cutely as possible).  Buuuut, you have to video it!  There's no way to get the perfect timing to take a picture, but it is easy to screen shot a still frame!

Though the sunset pic is great, the sparkle photo will ultimately end up in this!  You cannot mess this up.  Dollar Tree frame+red lip stick=adorable bridal gift.

I had a blast with these bachelorette style mug shots.   I made this with "crimes" that fit the girls personalities, some accurate others ironic.  Everyone loved it, until.....

......I insisted on creating THESE:
No one likes to have someone force them to go outside, as soon as they wake up, after a night long of drinking & dancing to go take a pictures.  BUT once the grumpiness wore off, everyone loved how cute these are!  Before going out, getting home, and the next morning!

Being a MOH can get expensive, but if you take advantage of DIY things, it will help tremendously!  You can literally buy everything on Etsy OR you can make them yourselves!  $$$

Happy Crafting :)