For some brides, the bachelorette party is everything: a shining moment of fun and fanfare where her closest friends give her the royal treatment for an entire weekend. But for other brides, the bachelorette party is more of an afterthought—she’s only looking for a chance to chill amid months of stressful wedding planning.
Since no two bachelorette parties are alike, it can be tough to figure out where to start when it comes to planning the perfect, personalized celebration for a bride-to-be. If you’re a maid of honor, bridesmaid, or just a good friend stepping in to throw your engaged friend a night (or weekend) of fun before her big day, don’t worry: we are here with lots of guidance. Here’s a step-by-step planning timeline to help you figure out what you need to do, and in what order, to pull off a great bachelorette party.