A bachelorette party can be so much more than a night out with the girls. But before getting into planning mode, first thing’s first: Consider the budget.
Chat with other guests and see what people are comfortable spending and that will help to narrow down the options.
Throw out a few activities and ask her to pick her top favorites and take it from there.Plan a party that really reflects the bride’s interests.
Here are a few bachelorette party ideas to get the party planning started…
For the Nature Lover: Glamping
Get the girls together for a lux weekend escape. We’re talking about a decked-out cabin in the woods or a chic chalet in the mountains.
Throw in some fun bachelorette party games, a day trip to a nearby spa or small town, and, of course, some cocktails.
For the Bridechilla: A Spa Day
Not every bachelorette party has to be a rowdy night on the town—especially if it’s closer to the wedding day. But instead of just trudging out to a spa for some relaxation and prewedding pampering, have them come to you!
Have a caterer come in to create a gourmet meal complete with cucumber-infused cocktails. Or schedule a beauty session for professional makeup and hair services before hitting the town.
For the Fitness Yogi: A Wellness Retreat
Hotels across the country offer active wellness options for bachelorette parties like Vita Vie Retreat’s Bella Boot Camp that involve fun workouts, spa treatments, beach time and gourmet meals.
A closer-to-home option: Sign up your girlfriends for a fun local 5K. Anything from a Color Run to a Warrior Dash will get the endorphins pumping and have everyone bonding in no time.
For the Explorer: A Destination Adventure
There will always be Vegas, but with up-and-coming hot spots like Oregon, Cuba, and even Montana or Wyoming, now is the time to try something new.
Portland’s West End is gaining popularity; while you’re there check out eateries like Clyde Common, which dishes out locally sourced fare, or Gruner, where their chef serves up Alpine comfort food.
For the Wine Lover: A Vineyard Trip
Instead of hitting up a stuffy, crowded bar or club, take your party on the road. Introduce your friends to an upscale version of the traditional bachelorette.
Rent a limo, plot your stops and arrange to end with a late dinner at a vineyard (complete with pairings, of course). Mix it up and get a little dirty: Some wineries allow you to kick off your shoes and actually stomp the grapes!
For the Crafter: Lingerie Making
If she’s more of a hands-on girl, this is her kind of party. Go a step further than just a lingerie party; have everyone bring lingerie (we’re thinking the cheap, on-sale stuff) along with embellishments like sequins and beads.
Everyone can decorate their set and there can even be a prize for the winner. Keep in mind, this is just for fun, not to actually wear to the honeymoon.
For the Thrill-Seeker: Zip-lining and More
Always wanted to go zip-lining, parasailing or maybe even bungee jumping? Think of the bachelorette party as an opportunity to try something new.
Don’t want to risk it so close to the wedding? Try a unique class instead, like trapeze, poll dancing or rock climbing.
For the Budget-Conscious: A Slumber Party
We know you’re not in middle school anymore, but an old-fashioned night filled with some man-candy movies, junk food and adult-only drinking games sounds like a good time to us at any age.
Truth or Dare, Never Have I Ever and some quality Ouija board will bring you back to simpler times.
For the Flower Child: Music Festival
Get everyone together and get tickets for a music festival. Anything from Coachella on the west coast to Lollapalooza in the Midwest will offer a variety of artists so everyone can hear something they like.
Make a weekend out of with a house rental that’s stocked with plenty of snacks and libations for a few days of fun.
For the Seafaring Bride: A Day on the Water
Rent a small yacht or speedboat, or plan a river-rafting trip and take your friends out for the day.
Not only will it give the bride a chance to get a bit of a natural glow started before the honeymoon, but you’ll also have plenty of time to bond out on the water.
Coordinate cocktails accordingly, an ocean breeze is an pairs perfectly with tropical juices and rum drinks.
For the Party Animal: Go to a Drag Show
Let’s be honest, guys in hot pink thongs dancing around are fun for exactly five minutes. Cross-dressing, lip syncing and dancing drag queens are eternally entertaining.
Watch some ladies sing their hearts out and dance in the highest heels you’ve ever seen at clubs like Lips and Lucky Cheng’s. It’s a fun alternative to the classic strip joint with tons of raunchy humor and audience participation.
For the Involved Community Member: Giving Back
There are countless ways to get involved with on-going volunteer opportunities in your area.
Think about causes that really mean something to the bride-to-be and spend an afternoon putting some good vibes into the universe.
And who’s to say that can’t be followed up with a happy hour!
For the Artist: Drawing Nude Models
If you want an activity that’s going to break the ice between your cousins and your college friends, we recommend putting everyone in a blush-inducing environment that fosters creativity and giggling.
The Artful Bachelorette will bring the party to you (which includes a nude model and all the art supplies) and through a guided art lesson you’ll learn a thing or two about sketching.