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3 May 2015
A week ago was the weekend I had been looking forward to and dreading all spring. It was my best friend's bachelorette party. I am the maid of honor, as most of you probably know by now, so the main responsibility for the day lay on my shoulders. I was really stressed out, to be honest, but since there were only six of us, including the bride, it was easy to get everyone involved. I got a lot of help, support, and suggestions from the other girls, and one of them even managed to get us the perfect venue for dinner and sauna.
Planning the party was quite a daunting and stressful thought at first. Since the bride is my best friend, I was scared to make decisions; what if she didn't like what we had in store? What if I failed her entirely? Would she think I didn't know her at all and begin to wonder why she had picked me to be the maid of honor? I know these kinds of thoughts may seem really childish, but there we go. I'm quite an introvert and don't really like planning parties or hosting things in the first place. I just don't like the responsibility and besides, planning things in general is not my forte. I am pretty impulsive and like to leave things to the last minute, which in this case was totally out of the question.
Because the other girls were active and participated and were as equally involved in planning things as me, everything went far more smoothly than I could've even hoped. Even the weather was great for this time of the year in Finland!
We started the day by having breakfast with the groom and the guys in the bachelor party, like the bride's sister suggested. Then the bride was whisked away to a pedicure paid by the bride's mother. She came out of the beauty parlor with feet light as feathers, or at least that's what she said. After that we took a slight detour to buy some candy from the local market (because the bride wanted to, and what the bride wants, the bride gets), after which we boarded a train and went to a pole dancing lesson that I had booked. Since none of us do pole dancing, it was quite the challenge for all of us, but great fun nevertheless! We giggled, twirled around, and climbed on the pole as best we could. (And got the bruises to show for it. At least I did!)
As I mentioned, one of the girls managed to get us a perfect venue for the evening, which I'm extremely grateful for. We drove about a half an hour to the countryside and arrived at a beautiful little place right next to a lake. We got to use the kitchen, where we cooked a three-course dinner together. Cooking together was a good idea, I think, because it got everyone involved and it's pretty rare that we get to do stuff like that together anymore.
After a lovely dinner and chitchat about the bride, the groom, their past, and their future plans, we hopped into our bikinis, and spent the rest of the evening bathing in the sauna and the outdoor hot tub that lay on the lakeside. I was pretty exhausted by that point, but I was also really pleased about how the day had gone. The bride seemed to have a nice time, and so did the other girls as well!
- Start planning early. It takes a lot of time to come up with things to do, not to mention to organize things. And remember, it's the early bird that catches the worm: there are a lot of other parties happening, and it sucks if everything you had wanted to do is already booked.
- Include everyone in the planning process (except maybe the bride). As I said, it's soooo much easier to plan things together with others than alone.
- Talk about the budget. It might sound cool to go pole dancing and kayaking and to a fancy dinner and out clubbing in a karaoke limousine (yep, they do stuff like that), but you need to set a budget and stick to it. Not everyone can afford a really expensive party all of a sudden. If all of you can, then that's great, of course.
- Don't cram too much into one day. This goes together with the last one: it might sound cool to do everything, but in reality it's much nicer to have time to chat and spend some quality time together. It also takes more time than you might think to move people from one place to the next!
- Have fun! If everything doesn't go according to plan, so what? The main thing is that the bride has fun and you guys enjoy your day together. :)