Bachelorette Party Etiquette

It’s officially wedding season, which means that many of us have bachelorette parties lined up all summer long. I’ve been to a handful of bachelorettes through the years, so I thought I’d put together my list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to celebrating your bride-to-be bestie.

Now, keep in mind that every bride and every bachelorette party is different. However, there are a few golden rules of bachelorette etiquette to stick to, no matter what the specifics are. Here we go…

All About the Bride

The absolute, most important rule of etiquette when it comes to bachelorette parties is this: You are celebrating a very special bride-to-be, and this weekend is all about her. I’ve been to a handful of bachelorettes where some of the bridesmaids and guests lose sight of this, and make the festivities about them and what they want to do. Now, I know that everyone is paying their own way (and in many cases for the bride, too), so it can be tough to put that aside and focus on what the bride-to-be wants to do. But trust me—if you want to have a happy bride-to-be, keep the weekend about her.

Cover Costs

It’s traditional bachelorette party etiquette to cover costs for the bride-to-be. This one can vary from bachelorette to bachelorette, but in most cases, the guests will pay for meals, cocktails and special celebrations for the soon to be bride. My advice? When you know that you have a bachelorette coming up, try to save a little extra each month so that you can spoil the bride-to-be on her special weekend. A note on gifts: In my experience, it is not necessary to bring a gift to the bachelorette party. You’re paying for your transportation, hotels, meals, and most likely will be covering costs for the bachelorette—that is quite a lovely gift, if you ask me!

Social Media Savvy

You’ll want to be extra careful when Instagramming over a bachelorette weekend. Bachelorettes can get a bit wild (depending on who you’re with and who you’re celebrating), and some of the photos you take should never see the light of day. Just make sure to get approval from the rest of the bach’ party before you post/tweet/etc. And if you need a refresher on the topic, take a peek at our blog on social media etiquette.

Dress Code

Determining what to wear to a bachelorette party will have a lot to do with where you’re going, what the plans are and what the weather will be like. However, there are a couple rules to follow no matter where you’re going. First, it’s customary for the bride-to-be to wear white, so unless you’re the bachelorette being celebrated, leave your white-on-white ensembles at home. Next, I recommend keeping it ladylike when it comes to your outfits. While it can be tempting to wear that too-short dress for a night out in Vegas, think twice before you head out in an outfit that you’ll regret the next day.

Drink Responsibly

The worst feeling in the world is waking up the next morning either not remembering what happened the night before, or dealing with a hangover that means you have to miss the day’s celebrations. It’s definitely fun to have a few cocktails with your best girlfriends and celebrate one of the most exciting times in a friend’s life, but trust me, you’ll want to be able to soak up every minute with your friends instead of being stuck in bed with a hangover headache.

Now, keep in mind. If you’re going to Vegas, the vibe will be very different than if you’re heading to Palm Springs for a spa weekend. You’ll want to make sure that you plan (and pack) accordingly, based on where the festivities are located and what’s on the agenda.

You’ll also want to refer to our proper party girl etiquette as well as our wedding guest etiquette post. Most of those rules also apply to bachelorette parties.

Do you have any other bachelorette party etiquette tips?

Leave them in the comments!


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Two Things that Will Make Your Wedding Day That Much Better

We know that getting ready for your wedding can be a stressful experience. Hey, we work brides on a daily basis, so we see the struggle for them to make sure that their special day is as perfect as they envisioned it. And we are always here to give tips and tricks on how to make the planning process less painful. This week as we searched the web we found a great couple of items that will help make your wedding day that much better.

1. Studio Wed Box


Studio Wed

You’ve all probably heard of Birchbox, a monthly subscription box that caters to makeup lovers. Each month, you get a box in the mail with makeup samples from different brands, that allows you to try out their products. And for only $35/month you get to try products from companies such as Benefit, Stila, Bobbi Brown and more. Studio Wed is the same idea, but with wedding ideas. You choose how many months you want to receive 12, 6, or pay month-to-month. Once you choose your option, you just fill in your information and thats it! The box will be filled with fun little things for your wedding, and great tips and tricks from leading wedding industry professionals. And running between $29.99/month for the 12 month option to $39.99/month for the month-to-month option, this will probably be the least expensive this you do for your wedding day.


2.  Wine Wipes

wine wipes


These are absolutely GENIUS. Where have these been all my life? Seriously THANK YOU to the person that invented these bad boys because if you’re planning on drinking any type of alcohol on your wedding day, you’re gonna need these. As a bride, you’re going to be photographed left and right. You’re going to be hugging people, talking with them, and of course, you’re going to be kissing your new husband. So instead of running around with bad breath, wine wipes, get rid of staining, and leave your breath feeling fresh. These are also perfect gifts for your bridesmaids in their gift bags so their smiles are picture perfect for your big day. And for only $6.95 for a pack of 12 wipes, you really can’t go wrong with these.


5 Wedding Trends on the Decline

We love us some awesome wedding trends. We love them so much we even dedicate entire blog posts to the Trends We Love. But like everything else, trends come and go and here is a list of the top 5 that are declining in 2014. Special thanks to Perfect Wedding Guide Magazine for these.


1. Double-sided Buffets: Although many couples opt to have the more elegant plated sit down, some couples have done buffets. And although double-sided buffets make the process go a lot faster, they typically take up more room and guests end up spending most of the night by the food. And lets be honest, we want everyone to be out on the dance floor having a good time.

2. Mashed Potato Bars: We love mashed potatoes as much as the next person, but many couples are now opting to have stations that are lighter on the stomach (think sushi station). Opting to take the Mashed potato bar out will give your guests more room to eat their tasty entrees.

3. Strangers As Guests: Cutting your guest list to just your closest friends and family will give you the chance to expand your budget and spend more money on what you actually want as opposed to feeding someone you don’t even know. A smaller guest list also allows you to walk around and get pictures with everyone and mingle.

4. HUGE Wedding Parties: The days of having 20 people in your bridal party are (thankfully) over. It’s nice to see that brides and grooms prefer to have their closest friends in their wedding party. Don’t worry, your college roommate whom you haven’t seen in three years will understand if you don’t make her a bridesmaid. In fact, I’m sure she (and her wallet) will thank you.

5. Wedding Cakes as Lone Desserts: Although having a stunning wedding cake is still popular amongst couples, just having the cake for dessert isn’t. Adding a dessert station will make sure that everyone’s satisfied. You know everyone will be having a great time🙂

Awkward Wedding Photos

We LOVE seeing wedding photos. But what we LOVE more are awkward wedding photos. They always make you wonder “What the heck was the couple thinking?” Take a look at some of our favorites below🙂


Is that a peach she's holding??

Is that an apple she’s holding??

Nothing screams "wedding" more so than having your bridesmaids standing behind you in a tub

Nothing screams “wedding” more so than having your bridesmaids standing behind you in a tub

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What bride doesn’t want to be in her grooms pocket?

The look of pure joy on her face says it all

The look of pure joy on her face says it all

She's always on his mind ;)

She’s always on his mind😉

There are literally no words to describe this picture

There are literally no words to describe this picture

Ah so romantic! I love it when I'm awkwardly kissed in the chest

Ah so romantic! I love it when I’m awkwardly kissed in the chest

Just proof that she's the boss

Just proof that she’s the boss


Pictures were found on Pinterest and Huffington Post