My best friend from college is getting married in April. I am her MOH and the bachelorette party is the weekend before the wedding. She was in charge of throwing my bach. party and it was amazing, so this party needs to be flippin' awesome.
I need your honest opinion on a few things, but here are the details:
We are doing the lingerie shower/cocktail party in a meeting room at a hotel walking distance from Paradox in Broken Arrow. The bride isn't a club-hopping type of girl... she would much rather stay at one place and get "settled in."
She only had 4 bridesmaids including myself to begin with, but now one girl isn't coming to the party... so costs are being split by 3 of us and DH is kind of freaking out about the budget.
My questions are:
1. Would you rather have champagne and bar snacks (chips and salsa, pretzels, cheese and crackers) at the shower and go to paradox for dinner (ie pay for your own dinner- entrees average around $8) OR have drinks, bar snacks, and more substantial finger foods (veggie and fruit trays, deli rollups, shrimp pasta, etc) and skip dinner out- just head to the bar for dancing later in the evening???
2. At this point, I'm not asking the party guests to pitch in any money (there will be 16-20 of us)... But as a bridesmaid, how much would you be willing to pay? We all are paying $150 for our dresses, and our own shower gifts, plus a wedding gift the next weekend.... Would it be poor taste to ask the guests to pitch in 10 bucks or something if we don't end up going out for dinner?
Help, suggestions, comments..... Please!