Post # 1
So I am in charge of organizing the bachelorette party for my friend. She wants to do one of those pole dancing classes. They have a special that $75 per person that gets the following:
– 5 Hour Limo with Stocked Bar
– Free admission and drinks to several clubs
I have never done or been to a bachelorette party so I need some help. We are inviting about 20 people. Does the bridal party pay for the guests? If not how do we tell the guests how much it is? Do we do it by word of mouth or put it right on the invitation?
Post # 3
From my experience, the bridal party does not pay for guests, but the bridal party splits the cost of the bride. What I would do is include the cost on the invitation (whether its paper invitation, or evite) and request that a check be mailed to whoever is in charge by x date. It’s important to tell people up front so they know how much it would cost to attend if they choose to. I’d hate to show up to a bachelorette party and then have someone ask me for that large amount of money. It’s a bit of a pain but you’ll probably have to chase people down for the money. Keep in mind, that you’ll probably want to get dinner before the pole dancing class (especially if you’ll be going out drinking afterwards) which will add an additional cost to the whole night. It sounds like a fun night, but not everyone will be able to shell out that much money for one night.
So, if the Bridal Party has 5 members in it, they would split the cost of the bride’s fee ($75/5 = 15) and pay that in addition to their cost (75+15 =100). Those who are just attending would pay $75. Then everyone would pay for the bride’s drinks (and their own) at the bars afterwards. An alternative is to collect a larger sum of money up front so you have enough money to cover the bride’s dinner and drinks afterwards, then whatever is left over is given back to those attending.
Post # 4
@Krises: Great advice! Thanks!