What is a Bachelorette Party?

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August 26, 2023

Almost as looked forward to as the wedding itself, bachelorette parties have become synonymous with getting married. But what is the purpose of a BATCH bash, and how do you pull off the best party? This guide will help you unravel the details behind these “last flings” before the ring. 

What is the Purpose of a Bachelorette Party?

It’s no secret that planning a wedding can be all-consuming. It’s often stressful and eats up your time, leaving less availability for your besties. Throwing a bachelorette party becomes that escape to look forward to. That time to blow off some stress, bond, and reconnect with the people who help keep you sane. Plus, you know, marking that transition phase to no longer being single. 

The Nitty Gritty

BATCH bash possibilities are nearly endless. There is no set formula. Anything goes — from lavish getaways and spa retreats to city trekking and wild nights out. The most important thing when planning one is to know your audience. The key to success is matching your party to what you like to do and how you want to hang. Is your crew more elaborate and over the top, small and intimate, or somewhere in the middle? Not sure? Try checking out these top themes and fun things to do to see if they speak to you.

What Happens at a Bachelorette?

What happens at a BATCH party becomes an extension of the person you’re celebrating. Do they enjoy games and laughter-filled challenges, shaking what their mammas gave them, getting properly pissed, or seeing those naughty X-rated shows? If you know your BATCH, what you’ll do becomes second nature. Here is a step-by-step guide to planning the BEST party weekend.

Bachelorette Party Etiquette: What NOT to do 

For the love of everything happy, leave the drama at home and respect your BATCH’s boundaries. Stick to this, and everyone will be thankful. Also, respect that not everyone will be able to make it. Life happens. It’s not personal; it’s just a reality.

Is It Bad if I Don’t Go to a Bachelorette?

Missing a bachelorette party might feel like a major oversight, but life happens. What's essential isn't always attendance but ensuring the bride-to-be feels your love and support. If you can't attend, sincere communication is key. Consider sending a thoughtful gift, arranging a special meetup, or penning a heartfelt note. Remember, it's your intent and warmth, more than your presence, that will resonate with the bride. Love, after all, isn't bound by events.

The Sweet Spot: When to Have a Bachelorette Party

The art of planning a BATCH bash should include timing. The ideal timeframe is about two months before the ‘I do,’ but it can be anywhere from 1-4 months. Consider where it will be and seasonal impacts to ensure you get the most out of your party—having trouble deciding? Look into the types of activities that best fit your BATCH. Are they more of a spring or summer type?

$$$: How Much Should a Bachelorette Cost and Who Pays

There isn’t a set amount a Bachelorette party should cost. It comes down to what your partygoers are comfortable with and setting a budget from there. Use the free BATCH app to vote on the ideal budget and plan accordingly. If money worry is squashing your dream bash, check out this list of ways to make your bachelorette party more pocket friendly.

When we delve into who pays for what, anything goes. From everyone paying their own way, a right-hand bestie who covers it all, to everyone sharing the cost as a gift to the bride-to-be, you choose. But remember, transparency is always the best policy. 

Who Plans the Party and Who Makes the List

Tradition calls on the MOH (thanks, bestie) to tackle planning the ultimate BATCH bash. But not many of us live in a traditional world these days and even fewer of us like giving up control. So, collaboration is often the name of the game. Unless, of course, you’re planning a super surprise. 

Surprises are cool, but not when it comes to who you’re spending your last moments as a single lady with. Check with your bride and find out who she wants on the guest list. While we all love family, it doesn’t mean you want them to see you getting wild on a last night out.

Bottom line, bachelorette parties are a great excuse to hang out with the people who support you the most. It’s that chance to blow off steam, bond, and celebrate the transition from singlehood to married life. Hopefully, after reading this, you realize there isn’t a single way or formula for BATCHing. Match the party to the people, and you’ll have the best recipe for success. 

Head over to the BATCH platform to see what gets you excited and get to planning!

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