Who’s invited to the bachelorette party?
The best man and maid of honor typically plan the bachelor and bachelorette parties. However, the bride and groom should provide a guest list for their respective parties. The guest list does not have to be large. In fact, we recommend keeping it somewhat small and making sure everyone in the group will be comfortable with whatever style of party is being planned.
You might be wondering whether it’s necessary to invite certain family members, such as mothers/fathers and aunts/uncles. This is totally up to you. If you feel as though these family members will have a good time, then by all means invite them. Make sure you’re comfortable having them there as well. This is your night to let go and have fun; you certainly don’t want to be feeling self-conscious the whole time.
Sometimes the bachelorette party is planned for the same day as the bridal shower. This has become a popular option because it’s so convenient for attendees to plan for both parties on the same day. If this is the case, remember that you don’t have to invite everyone from the shower to the bachelorette party. Make sure to give your maid of honor/bridesmaids separate guest lists for both parties so they can send bridal shower invitations and bachelorette party invitations to the right people.
One rule remains the same for all pre-wedding parties: if you’re inviting someone to the bachelor(ette) party, they should be invited to the wedding. Besides, the bachelor and bachelorette parties are excellent opportunities for everyone in the wedding party and your closest friends to get familiar with each other before the big day, which means everyone will have an even better time at the wedding.