Monday, September 5, 2016

How to Plan the Perfect Pre-Wedding Girls’ Day Out

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Happy National Girlfriends Day! There’s no better time to write a post about celebrating the love and friendship you share with your closest girlfriends. I think it’s a lovely idea for brides to set aside time before the wedding to have a special moment with their best gal pals, and I’m here to offer suggestions on how to plan it.

1. Find a date that works for everyone. This seems like a no-brainer, but we all know how busy life can be. I suggest scheduling this girls’ gathering well in advance so everyone can attend, especially if you have people traveling from out of town.

2. Set the budget. Every get-together should have a budget, even if you’re doing something as simple as planning an adult sleepover with movies and snacks. Considering your other wedding expenses, it’s especially important to budget for this event.

3. Decide on a theme. I don’t necessarily mean a theme with specialized décor. Consider what you and your girlfriends like to do and plan around that. Do you all love getting your nails done? Either book salon appointments or plan a DIY spa day at your house. Are you athletic? Plan a hike at the local nature preserve and bring a picnic lunch. Do you enjoy the theater? Buy tickets to the latest play and make reservations at a nice restaurant or wine bar for after the performance.

4. Arrange for transportation. Even if you won’t be drinking, it’s a wonderful touch to provide transportation to and from wherever your event will be. Depending on the size of the group, you can charter anything from an SUV to a party bus. There are plenty of options out there!

5. Give them gifts. It’s a traditional courtesy for the hostess to give out small gifts to her guests. I find this especially meaningful when it applies to a girls outing with your best friends. Think of something sweet and sentimental to give each of your girlfriends, such as a photo of the two of you, a charm that represents something significant to you both, a scrapbook page with plenty of memories, etc.
6. Enjoy every moment. Don’t get so caught up in planning and entertaining everyone that you neglect to enjoy yourself. This is meant to be a significant day for all of you. Live it up to the fullest!


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