Bachelorette parties are all about celebrating your last single days with your closest girlfriends. If you want to go to Vegas, hit up a strip club, and take tequila shots—do it! But, for brides looking for a more low-key way to kick-off married life, try these tips, tricks, and suggestions to have a great bachelorette that will leave you feeling refreshed and not hung over.
First, start with budget. "Before creating a party, we first ask about the budget. It sets the tone for what you can ideally create—there has to be some sort of benchmark," says Pamela Yager, founder of Bride's Night Out.
Next up: Have a theme in mind. It will be much easier to coordinate favors and swag. "Think of a kitschy hashtag for curating pictures on Instagram. Custom t-shirts, beer koozies, and hats are printed with the hashtag or a cute saying … think one more fling before the ring," explains Michelle Bachman of Little Miss Party.
Now, Where to Go?
Seri Kertzner of Little Miss Party's ideal bachelorette party would involve dancing! "Ask everyone to come dressed for a night out on the town but leave the make-up for the professionals. Bring in make-up artists to do an application on everyone before you head out. Sip on wine and cheese while you get ready, snap photos, and get ready to party!" Here are some more ideas for you to celebrate your last days as a single woman.
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Put on matching tanks, book the front row, and get your sweat on with your best friends. Remember what Elle Woods once said: "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't."
Yager explains that just because you're exercising doesn't mean you have to give up the celebration portion of the party. "There are some parties that go cycling, or kayaking, or rafting down the Colorado River. This is a chance for people to get together and bond, but of course there is always a celebratory moment during these events—with a cake or some lunch … even if you're cycling."
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Be honest, you'll take a cupcake over a drink any day of the week! Learn how to make a bangin' good dessert in the company of your favorite ladies.
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We can't think of anything better than channeling Queen Bey and belting out your best rendition of "Flawless" to a crowd of strangers while your best friends cheer you on.
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You and your girls rolling up to a vineyard in a limo? Classy. Sip on some wine and take a tour around the grounds. We won't judge you if you forget to spit out your taste test.
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Kertzner recounts her first bachelorette party experience: "My very first bachelorette party was for a dear friend whose sister organized a professionally run scavenger hunt for her party. To my surprise it was one of the best nights out of my life. We got split into groups, picked up by limos, and driven around the city to solve the clues. We drank Champagne along the way and all ended up at the same bar where the winner was revealed and we spent the rest of the night. It was so unique and special that I will never forget it."
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Have everyone paint a portrait of her ideal future husband or wife while sipping on your favorite beer and wine.
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Robes, wine, and cucumbers for eyes? Yes—this is a big yes. Relax away any pre-wedding jitters by catching a morning massage and an afternoon manicure with your friends.
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Wedding planner Melissa McNeeley summarizes the bachelorette slumber party of her dreams. "A nice comfortable house, good music playing, a private chef to do one meal at home one night, and then out to a restaurant the next night. Coffee together in the morning and board games. Good wine and Champagne and cocktails throughout the weekend. Lots of good snacks in between amazing meals. Each friend contributing something that makes them happy. A personal and luxe favor—like a cashmere travel blanket—for each guest." Sounds lovely!