Jack and Jill parties (aka. stag and doe's) are becoming more and more popular these days. Jack and Jill's are a great way to amass funds for your upcoming wedding while showing your guests a good time. While they may not be as private as wedding showers, they allow guests that would otherwise not be close enough to participate in the celebrations. There is a correct and incorrect way to plan a Jack and Jill, and I will demonstrate in this article what you can do to make your Jack and Jill a success.
First of all, you have to pick the right Jack and Jill invitations. They should of course feature the date, location and entrance fee of the event. They should also convey what type of event it will be, the Dj(s) that will be invited and the general theme of the event. Professional looking invitations can go a long way when it comes to adding some prestige to your event. Cheap looking invites will make your event look cheap as well, so don't be afraid to fork up a few extra dollars on nice looking invitations. Make sure you print out more invites then you expect guests. A good rule of thumb is to print 5 invites for every expected guest.
You should also have a general sense of the number of attendees you're expecting. Do you want a medium size shindig or a grandiose affair with flamethrowers and trapezists? This will be critical when you'll be choosing the venue and printing invites and tickets. You should also have all the costs related to the event written down so you can set a price point. This is a mistake a lot of people make when planning their Jack and Jill parties or any other party for that matter. They plan too big and fail to budget properly. The plan should be to make money, not lose money. If you're afraid the task is too difficult for you, you can always hire the help of a professional.
If you want to keep your stag and doe private or don't feel like a club setting is the best, why don't you throw a nice family oriented event like a barbecue complete with inflatable rides for the kids? You can split the costs with the attendees by mentioning on your Jack and Jill invitations that every participant has to bring a certain type of liquor bottle with them. You can even set up a game area where different activities aimed at raising money will take place.
Whether you want your stag and doe party to be a grandiose affair or a cosier event, make sure you have the right Jack and Jill invitations, plan and budget carefully and don't chew more than you can swallow.
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