There is something inexplicably alluring about weddings. Two people declaring their love for each other in front of their loved ones. But before your bestie says ‘I Do’ at the altar, it’s time to get the girls together for an unforgettable bachelorette party.

The last hurrah has to be epic and a relaxing time for the bride before the big day. Going to Vegas is so overdone. 2021 is the year of beachside bachelorette getaways. Here’s your detailed guide to planning the ultimate bachelorette party. Let’s get started. 

Pick the Perfect Location

If you are looking for serene beaches but don’t want to deal with crowds (looking at you, Miami), the Outer Banks is just the place for you. Whether you are just looking for a relaxing time or fun water sports, Outer Banks has that and more to offer. It has year-round pleasant weather and an array of places serving the freshest seafood. 

Save the Date

Choosing the right date is important so that all bridesmaids and the bride’s friends can attend the party. It should be at least two weeks before the wedding to make sure the bride is well-rested before the big day. If you are planning to go out of town, it would be best to spread it over a long weekend. 

Decide a Reasonable Budget

As a maid of honor, you are responsible for planning the bachelorette party. However, you cannot be expected to pay for everyone, especially for a beachside getaway. Come up with a reasonable budget that will be affordable for every attendee. Be open about money and make sure everyone has paid their share before the party. 

Skip Hotel Rooms

Hotel rooms are convenient but closed off. Instead, go for Outer Banks vacation rentals, which are a lot more charming and affordable. It will be like spending a few days in a sorority house!

Pick a Theme

Picking a theme is a great way to set the vibe for the party. You can go for a casual bohemian theme or a Hollywood theme for a glamourous night. 

Create Cute Invites

Even if you have informed everyone about the party, it’s a good idea to send invites mentioning the date, location, and other details. You can also include an itinerary so the guests know what to expect and what to pack. 

Get Matching Beachwear

For an Instagram-worthy bachelorette party, you must get matching beachwear for the bridal party. You can take it up a notch by customizing bathing suits with the wedding date or a clever phrase.

Put Together Hangover Kits

Whether you are planning to go on a pub crawl or enjoy a sit-down dinner, there’s going to be a lot of drinking. Putting together a hangover kit for everyone is a thoughtful touch. Create a kit with moisturizing sheet masks, Advil, lip balm, eye masks, gum, and mini dry shampoo. 

Sign Up for Fun Activities

Planning fun activities is an essential part of every bachelorette party. You can sign up for wine tasting, cocktail making class, pole dancing lessons, or plan a scavenger hunt.

Focus on the Bride

You may feel tempted to go all out with clubs and strippers to throw a quintessential bachelorette party. But that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It would be best to ask the bride what she wants. If she’s hoping to unwind, then plan a spa day or a picnic on the beach.  

Play Games

No bachelorette party is complete without games. From Prosecco pong to Never Have I Ever, there are several games you can enjoy for a chill night in. 

Do Hesitate to Delegate

Putting together a bachelorette party is not an easy task. Just because you are the maid of honor doesn’t mean you have to do everything by yourself. Ask bridesmaids to pitch in and help you with the planning.