Planning your bridal besties Bachelorette party and tired of the same old, same old ideas that just don’t seem like…well, her? You’re in luck! We’ve got you covered with these MUST READ expert ideas for throwing a unique bachelorette party!
Kari Dirksen of Feathered Arrow Events: 1. “Your bachelorette party should be something that represents you and what you love to do with your best girls around. I think it’s such a great way to celebrate and invite those closest friends. Depending on what your group can afford, take a trip somewhere and get out of the city you live in. Maybe it’s Nashville, Austin, New York or Mexico for a quick girls weekend away. It’s always fun to explore new places and that way everyone can be present for the weekend that can make it instead of staying local. Stay at an airbnb and create a theme for the weekend. Make signs and find cute decor and food that fits the theme! It’s always extra special to add a little flair to it and make it more special than just going out to a bar for the night.”
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Nora Sheils of Bridal Bliss: 2. “Not every bachelorette party has to include a thong clad beefcake or a bride donning a veil at the club. On the other end of the spectrum, it also doesn’t need to be a stuffy tea party either! Think about the bride-to-be….what does she love to do? Hike? DIY projects? Drink wine? Plan an event that is truly “her” and you can’t go wrong.”
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Lesley Smith of Ceremony App: 3. “Curate Some Tunes. The best way to pump up excitement for a bachelorette event is to create a playlist. Whether you use Spotify or another service, invite friends and bridesmaids to add their favorite party songs. They’ll pair perfectly with an after-hours dance party or downtime before going out.”
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“Create a Photo-based Scavenger Hunt. One of our laid-back bridal parties used the Ceremony app to strategically upload pics of locations, cocktails, desserts, activities, etc., for a progressive bachelorette night out. Only the maid of honor knew what was happening next. The bride and and the rest of crew anxiously awaited pics of each new destination, so it kept things exciting for everyone involved.”
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Jenna Miller, Creative Director Here Comes the Guide: 4. “For the Bride on a Budget Find an inexpensive-yet-delightful bottomless mimosa brunch near you. Sit out on the patio, people-watch, and take your time chit-chatting. Finish the day by window shopping to walk off all those boozy brunch calories.”
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Another budget-friendly option is good-old-fashioned camping. Forget the “glamping” trend and really rough it. Pitch tents, roast s’mores, and tell ghost stories. Or, throw an old-school sleepover! Wear your cutest PJs, braid each other’s hair, play MASH, and talk about your current crush (your fiancé of course!).
For the Fitness Enthusiast Roll out that yoga mat and attend a Wanderlust festival near you, or try out a new craze like anti-gravity yoga or even goat yoga!If you’re more the outdoorsy type, lace up those hiking boots and go for a backpacking trip. If you have your bach near a beach, see if they offer group surfing lessons. One of our favorite companies for this is Surf Diva (run by women) in La Jolla! And when you get a bit thirsty (wink wink), there’s always time for a party bike! Companies like Nashville Pedal Tavern and Denver Patio Ride allow you to sight see, blast music and pedal down the street while enjoying some tasty libations.
For the Festival Lover If live music gives you life, grab your tribe and hit up a music festival. Coachella is NOT your only option! There are plenty of local music festivals going on year-round, including: South By Southwest in Austin, Outside Lands in San Francisco, Bottle Rock in Napa, Governor’s Ball in NYC, but if good food gives you life, attend a food festival instead! Events like Feast in Portland or LA Food Fest allow you to wine and dine your way to bachelorette bliss.
For the Hands-On Bride Cooking classes are a lot of fun to do as a group, but what’s really fun is taking a mixology class! Stir, shake, and sip as you learn how to make some creative cocktails. Consider putting together a bridal bingo board or scavenger hunt. You can find all kinds of pre-made scavenger hunts on Etsy/the Internet—from dirty to clean to Disney-themed!
Doing some charity work is always a good idea. Flex your muscles and build a home through Habitat for Humanity, or do a fun run together that benefits a great cause. We guarantee it’ll be a bachelorette experience you and your friends won’t forget.