The Top 5 Bachelorette-Party Planning Mistakes

Updated 02/20/15

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It's bachelorette party time! With all the planning and prepping you've put into your big day, we know you can't wait to go on a much-needed girl's getaway. Before you hand over the reins to your maid of honor, make sure she gets a good look at this list of all the things not to do. Joanne Barken, founder of The Bach, kindly breaks down five of the most common bachelorette party-planning mistakes so yours is unforgettable.

Waiting until the last minute

Procrastination is not the key to a successful bachelorette party. While we understand you have a lot on your plate right now, do keep in mind that if you wait too long to start the planning process, the venues you like may get booked up and travel fare could be more expensive too, warns Barken. Her recommended planning timeline is as follows:

6 Months Out: Book travel and accommodations

3 Months Out: Book activities and restaurant choices

1 Month Out: Plan party favors, decorations, games, etc.

Failing to set a budget

As Barken points out, it's pretty hard for guests to commit to coming to the bachelorette if the budget for the party is completely unknown. She notes, "Instead, the organizer should calculate a budget range early on and stick to it to avoid any issues down the line."

Trying to pack in too many activities

You want the bride and everyone else to be able to let loose and really enjoy them selves, not be exhausted or overwhelmed by the busy schedule. "If you're running from one activity to the next, everyone will just feel stressed," says Barken. "Always plan for some buffer time between activities in case anything runs later than expected."

Keeping the entire weekend a surprise for the bride

A few surprises up your sleeve for the bride-to-be is fine, however, if she's completely in the dark about all the plans, you run the risk of her hating the event, cautions Barken. She says, "Make sure she gets to voice some general requests for the bachelorette party before the bridesmaids and maid of honor take over." Everyone will benefit, trust us.

Allowing the bride to micro-manage

Once the bride indicates what type of bachelorette party she would be into and destinations she'd like to visit, it's time for the bridal party to take the reins and work their magic. "The bride has enough on her plate with wedding planning, so the maid of honor and bridesmaids should handle booking restaurants, activities, brainstorming games, etc.," advises Barken.

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