Tuesday’s Tips

Bachelorette party – or not??

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Bachelor parties for guys are the stuff that movies are made of, and it seems that they always take place in Las Vegas where they always get into a whole lot of trouble! But coinciding with popular reality shows involving bachelorettes, there seems to be a surge in this pre-wedding ritual for the ladies. You probably won’t get into Las Vegas-type trouble in Sevier County but you CAN have a good time celebrating an important milestone in life!Bachelor OR bachelorette parties are often held the night before the nuptials and can be as simple as a night out at a favorite restaurant with members of the wedding party – or as complex as a week-end getaway. (Hopefully not to Vegas!) From PG-13 parties involving the whole family to racier X-rated versions with only BFF’s, they can be a lot of fun. There is even a trend toward combining bachelor and bachelorette parties to maximize the mischief and bid the single life adieu.

Usually one of the wedding party will make the arrangements, keeping it light-hearted and easing some of the stress of planning the wedding itself. Gifts are usually not a part of this scenario but other than that, there are generally not very many rules observed or specific patterns to follow regarding a bachelorette party. They are usually more casual than a rehearsal dinner, the reception or even a bridal shower. The object is to reminisce, relax, laugh and maybe make the bride blush a little.

From an evening of Karaoke to a pajama party at a cabin, the options are endless and there are numerous ideas and planning tips online, but it is probably not the time to organize a group zip-lining or major rafting experience – although those can be fun on a honeymoon! Bonding is great but accidents can happen. It’s easier to keep things short and simple. If food is involved, have it catered, send someone for take-out or have everyone go out – no one should be slaving over a hot stove at this point! If ‘moonshine’ is involved, use moderation and appoint designated drivers or hire a transportation service. Get in early and get plenty of sleep. Bloodshot eyes with dark circles are not easy to camouflage with make-up! Any party games and activities should focus on the bride-to-be. Keep her interests, values and personality in mind when planning. Marriage is not something to be taken lightly, but humor is usually an important part of the event.  

Wedding professionals and coordinators often have suggestions for venues and ideas that make for memorable bachelorette celebrations – don’t be afraid to ask.  Sevier County offers shows, attractions and settings appropriate for all kinds of parties - And some can be done with little or no planning. The most important thing is to have fun!

-C.J. Morgan, Owner of Cuzzin Eddie's Tours Photo by Imagine This Photography

Next SMWA After-Hours

Hilton Garden Inn

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pmAt: Hilton Garden Inn, Pigeon Forge 2481 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Join the SMWA at Hilton Garden Inn, Pigeon Forge. They will showcase this new hotel and give fresh ideas about mid-day weddings.

RSVP to Ellen at ellen@smwba.com.

Next SMWA Meeting

Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge

 Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pmAt: Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge 3230 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868 RSVP to Ellen@SMWBA.com

The SMWA Heads to Pink Bride in Nashville!

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If you live within a few hours drive of Nashville, the SMWA will be there for the Pink Bride show to answer any of your questions about getting married in the Smoky Mountains on August 28th from 11am to 4pm. For more Pink Bride Information, Click Here, or contact Ellen@smwba.com.

About the SMWA

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The Smoky Mountain Wedding Association is a collaboration of various businesses that specifically offer a venue, product, or service that will make planning your Smoky Mountain Wedding quick and easy. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the wedding industry in Sevier County, TN, and the Great Smoky Mountain area. Visit http://www.smokymountainweddingassociation.com/ If you would like to be a part of Tuesday's Tips, please contact Ellen@smwba.com.