While crazy bachelorette parties are fun, today many women are opting out of the wild night-out option and swapping it for a creative party idea. If you and the other bridesmaids are planning a unique bachelorette party, the most important thing to ask yourselves is: what would the bride want? Does her ideal weekend entail lots of partying, crazy outdoor adventure or a relaxing retreat? Once you’ve decided to skip out on the traditional bachelorette party ideas, it’s time to start brainstorming the best get-away for your girl.
Leisurely Mountain Get-Away
If the bride enjoys nature but also loves her leisurely comfort, rent a cabin in the mountains for a night. Put together a fun playlist and pack some favorite snacks, games and lots of champagne! Create a gourmet feel by replacing the cheetos with cheeses and fruit. Plan a few hours to explore a nearby town or take a nice hike in the area.
Wine About It
Your bride shouldn’t have to wait until her honeymoon to relax and enjoy a glass of wine! Plan a fun wine-tasting tour through a vineyard (or three) or get really into it and find a vineyard where you can stomp on grapes. You can keep the trip fairly local by visiting a nearby winery or make a big trip out of the party, traveling to Michigan or Napa Valley, California.
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Planning a wedding can be very stressful; help your bride relax before her big day with a fun spa day! Get the girls together for a day of mani-pedis, facials, massages and mud baths. This will not only be an incredibly relaxing day for everyone, it will also prepare you for having smooth, exfoliated skin for the wedding. Your bride will absolutely appreciate this fun treat.
If a spa day is right up your bride’s alley but a bit expensive to go all out for, opt for an affordable alternative with an at-home spa day. Bring together various nail polish colors, robes, slippers and facials and make some delicious fruit smoothies and snacks. If the weather permits it, lay out in the sun for a little while—but careful not to get sunburn close to the wedding day!
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If your bride is an adrenaline-junkie or just likes a good adventure, plan a day-time bachelorette party that has the bride and all her favorite girls doing something crazy! Depending on how far you want to travel and what kind of activity works best for the group, rent ATV’s to ride around, go zip-lining, or if you’re feeling particularly brave, go sky diving. Keep in mind that if you choose an extreme activity such as bungee jumping or sky diving, it’s very important that you know that your bride would definitely want to do this! You don’t want to put her in a bad situation with a surprise that’s too extreme for her taste or for her state at the time.
Bring the girls together for a fun day or weekend at a big music festival of your choice! Each bridesmaid can put in money so that you can all purchase a few festival items for the bride such as headbands, a blanket to sit on, a cool shirt or a water bottle. Whether you choose to splurge on Coachella or LalaPalooza or keep it local, if there is a good atmosphere, food, good music and close friends, it’s sure to be a great time!
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Plan a bachelorette party that will have your bride and bridesmaids feeling like stars. Have each bridesmaid contribute to a fund pool which you can use to rent a boat for the day for you and the girls to cruise around in. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, snacks, music and beers. This will be a great opportunity for you all to catch some sun before the wedding and of course, to have a fun and relaxing day on the water.
Let’s be honest here: being a bridesmaid can be really expensive. So if you and the other girls decide you can’t afford to splurge on something extravagant, don’t worry—you can still plan a fun and unique bachelorette party that your bride will love! Create a thorough scavenger hunt that will send you running around the city doing silly and embarrassing things. The winning prize can be anything from a nice bottle of whiskey to an Amazon gift card.
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When planning the bachelorette party, it’s important to keep in mind what your bride would want, but also what the other bridesmaids will enjoy. If everyone can enjoy a weekend camping retreat, plan a camping trip at a nice spot and look into horseback riding or kayaking in the area. Plan some time for hiking and of course, don’t forget the s’mores! Your bride will surely enjoy sitting around a campfire with her favorite girls.
In-home Cooking/Dessert Class
Did you know that there are professionals that will come into your home for a cooking/dessert workshop? If the bride is into cooking or just into chocolate in general, bring over someone who is a professional in her favorite type of food (Italian, Thai, cupcakes, etc.) to teach everyone to create some delicious treat for you all to enjoy later. Pair this fun cooking class with a bottle of wine or light cocktails.
White Water Rafting + Picnic
If you want to combine a great outdoor adventure with some relaxation, book a white water rafting trip for the girls, followed by a nice outdoors picnic. If you want to keep the party going, you can plan a movie night at someone’s house with snacks and cocktails to unwind after your exciting day.
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If you want to keep the bachelorette party vibes sexy without hitting strip clubs, plan a boudoir shoot for your bride and her favorite girls. This kind of bachelorette party can be classy and tasteful while still keeping things risqué and sexy. Read up on what a boudoir bachelorette party generally means and think about whether this is right for your bride, you, and the other bridesmaids.
Although there was a time when bachelorette parties meant a trip to Vegas, today it’s common to cater the special party to the bride’s interests. Brainstorm your bride’s favorite activities and plan a day all the girls are sure to enjoy together, making for a great time for the lucky bride.