How to Plan a Bachelorette Party That'll Save Everyone Money—and Headaches

Because this bash really shouldn't put you in debt..

Updated 05/20/17

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The bachelorette party—it's one of the most fun parts of being part of a bridal party. A fun girl’s weekend celebrating your BFF’s one last "fling" before the ring can be a memorable occasion that you'll all look back on and laugh at for many years to come.

But planning the bachelorette party can be the tricky part. With so many opinions flying around from members of the bridal party and so many budgets to take into account, figuring out where to go and what to do can take weeks and be extra stressful to accomplish.

To make the process a bit easier, check out these five tips for planning a bachelorette party that will save everyone money and headaches—phew!

1. Use Joint Communication

Group texts or email chains may not be the best way to communicate with the bridal party, since so many details need to be sorted out. One great way to have everyone plan and be on the same page is to just joint communication. Using Google Docs or an online doc sharing tool helps everyone see changes and updates in real-time.

2. Ask for Budgets Upfront

Before picking a spot to head to and planning all the activities, ask the bridal party how much they are able to spend on the weekend. To be inclusive to everyone attending, plan around their budgets.

3. Don't Plan All Meals Ahead of Time Eating out three meals a day can get expensive and difficult to coordinate. Perhaps plan dinner and lunch and let everyone know that breakfast is a free for all. That way, people don’t feel obligated to wake up early or spend $20 on a morning meal.

4. Get Used Decorations

To make the vibe of the bachelorette party feeling fun and exciting, you may want to splurge on decorations. Instead of buying expensive ones (let's be real: they'll probably end up in the trash post-weekend) see if you can borrow ones from other people you know having bachelorette parties or buy posters and signs online that have been used.

5. Skip the Printed Tees

Matching with the bridal party may be something you’ve seen done over and over again, but it’s not necessary and may cost you $30 a tee. Skip the printed matching tees and do something else to coordinate, whether a color scheme or another accessory that’ll cost less.

Jen Glantz is the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and the author of the new book Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire). She frequently wears old bridesmaids' dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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