Looking for tips for planning and a timeline for a virtual bachelorette party? We’ve got you covered! Below, we’ll go over everything you need to do in the weeks, days, and even hours leading up to the main event. We’ll even share some of our favorite planners to keep you organized. Let’s get started!
Planning And Timeline For A Virtual Bachelorette Party
Bachelorette parties are fun, entertaining, and definitely a must for any bride to be. Because of the current situation, it can be hard to think of options, but you’ll find everything you need to know about the planning and timeline for an online bachelorette party right here!
Since everyone wants to have fun at the party, all the details need to be prepared from the start, so let’s go ahead and see what and how you should do. By the way, all of these tips apply whether you’re planning a lesbian virtual bachelorette party for two brides or an online bash for just one.
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1. Set a time and date
It’s probably a no-brainer, but the very first thing you want to do is decide when the online bachelorette party is going to happen. In “normal” times, party planning experts recommend setting it up six months ahead of time. Since no one needs to travel for your socially distant bachelorette party, though, you can get away with a lot less notice.
That said, the earlier you can notify your guests, the better. At the very least, give them a good 3-weeks’ notice. Even though they’re staying home, they may still need to plan for a babysitter and what not. No one wants their kindergartner walking in on a wild bachelorette party!
If you’re planning a surprise party, I love the tips in the video below! Keep in mind, though, that it’s NSFW (not safe for work). Also, don’t watch it with kids in the room!
2. Plan your platform
Before you send out invites, decide on what platform you’ll be using for the bash. Are you throwing a Zoom bachelorette party? A Facebook event? Using another platform entirely? Your guests need to know ahead of time so they can download the necessary software.
Keep in mind, though, that not everyone has access to the same tech. Choose a platform that works on everything from iPhones to Android devices to PCs and Macs.
3. Get yourself a planner
Once you have your date, time and tech set, grab yourself a planner to stay organized. Even though it may seem like a regular party, a virtual bachelorette party needs a lot of attention, and the best way to do so is to get yourself a kickass planner to have everything laid out. Don’t worry, we got some options for you right here.
The Maid Of Honor Planner
You can get the Maid of Honor planner from Amazon, where you will basically find everything you need in order to organize the best party, and also add your own ideas and to-dos.
- Difference, Make A (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 110 Pages - 07/09/2019 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
Digital Party Planner
If you’re keeping the whole party and organization digital, then this Etsy party planner may come in handy. You have 36 sheets with everything you need, and can successfully load it on an iPad to keep track of everything you do.
This is a 34-page printable planner designed to help you throw your bride an amazing bachelorette party.
4. Make up your guest list
The next obvious step is deciding who you’ll invite. Here’s a pro tip- keep your guestlist short. It’s tempting to invite more people than you would for a traditional party, but trust me, it can get very chaotic very fast. A Zoom bachelorette party can get overwhelming when you have 50 people talking at the same time!
If you really can’t pare that list down to a manageable number, you can always have more than one party, with different people at each. My friend had THREE bachelorette parties, and that was before COVID so they were all in person, so it’s not unprecedented!
Otherwise, just create something smaller, with the bride’s closest friends. There will be many more occasions to celebrate. After all, a bachelorette party can be very successful with just a couple of close and equally crazy friends.
5. Prepare to record the event
It would be a nice idea to have the party recorded, and there are quite a few programs you can use for that. You can record it yourself and then send it to everyone to keep or ask everyone to record the party if they want to have a memory of it. Make sure you test the program before, though.
Oh, and make sure everyone understands the one rule of bachelorette parties: what happens on Zoom stays on Zoom! In other words, record the event for the bride and yourselves, but don’t share them on social media without everyone’s permission. We all do things that we’d prefer the world- and especially our bosses- not to see once we get a few drinks in us!
6. Think of a theme
While not completely essential, a theme really helps pull everything together. At the very least, it gives you a bit of direction when it comes time to choose invites, food, and games.
Your theme may be something classy, fun, or completely extravagant. Just choose something that fits the bride’s personality. If she’s not really into “wild and crazy,” consider a toned-down evening with a few close friends and a few yummy cocktails. After all, all that matters is to have the best time together!
We rounded up a huge list of virtual bachelorette party theme ideas. Be sure to check them out.
7. Figure out the food
When it comes to virtual bachelorette parties, the food part is overwhelming, but we figured out a solution. Hire a catering service, and have the food delivered at your friend’s houses, no matter where they are. Or even better, choose a recipe and have everyone cooking the same thing.
Don’t stress too much over food. You can even just send everyone a cocktail mixer kit (like this one below) and a DoorDash gift card! We gathered awesome ideas for Virtual Bachelorette Party Food & Cocktail Ideas for a Smashingly Successful Night. Be sure to check them out.
- UNIQUE GIFT - Includes 12 global cocktail mixers inspired by unique flavors from around the world.
- GLOBAL FLAVORS - Mai Tai, Cuban Style Mojito, Venetian Peach Bellini, Blue Hawaiian, Moscow Mule.
- JUST ADD ALCOHOL - New York Appletini, Tropical Painkiller, Brazilian Style Caipirinha, Pina Colada
- VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN - Singapore Sling, Classic Margarita, and Australian Style Sydney Sunrise.
- GIFT BAG READY - Just wrap it up, slip it into a bag or add a bow, and this gift sets ready to go!
8. Send the invitations & supplies
Of course, you will need some cool invitations to send out, and that part can be a little tricky? Should you send physical or online invitations? What if someone can’t make it? All these things need to be laid out in your planner, so you’re never caught off guard. Send out your invites ASAP, or as discussed earlier, at least three weeks ahead of the party.
While decorations aren’t essential to a successful virtual bachelorette party, if you’re planning to include them, now is the time to get them out to your guests. Either prep them and deliver them along with the invitation or schedule them to be delivered around the same time. We rounded up some cute virtual bachelorette decoration ideas.
- Cardstock invitations with envelopes for bachelorette party
- 5 x 7 in. cardstock paper invitations that are ideal for mailing out to guests
- Featuring a die-cut diamond ring design in rose gold color and silver foil border and accents
- Includes fill in fields for name, date, time, place, and rsvp
- 50 count invitation cards with 50 envelopes
9. Set up the games
Did you know there are a ton of online games you can play with your friends? Make a list of all the socially distant bachelorette party games you can think of. We’ll share some ideas towards the end of our virtual bachelorette party series, but for now, you may want to check out these fun virtual bridal shower games. They’re not quite as “wild and crazy” as bachelorette party games, but they’ll give you some ideas, as will the video below.
10. Check your tech
While you definitely want to decide on your platform and check in with everyone to make sure they have it installed, you’ll also want to do a final “tech check” should occur on the day of your party. Trust me, even if you literally just ran through it all a day ago, a lot can go wrong in 24 hours when it comes to technology!
Make sure your platform- be it Zoom or something else- didn’t do an update that introduced new bugs that render it unusable for your guests (happens to me ALL the time).
Text or call everyone and double-check that they actually know how to use your virtual party platform. There’s always that one friend that says “Yeah, yeah, I’m good to go!” only to inform you five minutes before the party that she has no idea how to use Zoom.
11. Have fun!!
No explanation needed for this one! Enjoy all of your hard work and just have a great time! You’ve earned it!!
Right now, you should have some sort of idea about how the overall virtual bachelorette party will be, but you’re only just beginning. Don’t worry, though, because we have everything covered for you! Over the next two weeks, we’ll share ideas for literally everything last aspect of planning the ultimate online bachelorette party! So, stay tuned!
What are your biggest concerns about planning and timelines for a virtual bachelorette party? Share below!
Last update on 2020-11-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API