Because Thunder from Down Under isn't everyone’s cup of tea.
Las Vegas is the obvious choice for a bachelorette bash, but a wild weekend of drinks and dancing isn't the only option! Whether you're looking to save money or just want a chill get-together with your favorite gal pals, we've got you covered with these outside-the-box bachelorette party ideas.
1. Bash On A Budget
If you and your bridesmaids are on a budget but still want an unforgettable bachelorette bash, you do have options! 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.
Another budget-friendly option is good-old-fashioned camping. Forget the "glamping" trend and really rough it. Pitch tents, roast s'mores, sip on hot toddies, and tell ghost stories.
Or, why not throw an old-school sleepover? Wear your cutest PJs, braid each other's hair, play MASH, and talk about your current crushes (yours would be your fiancé, of course!).
2. Sweat Sesh
If you and your 'maids are into fitness, roll out those yoga mats and attend a Wanderlust festival near you. Or take a cue from Cirque du Soleil and find a circus training facility where you can spin on aerial silks or fly on a trapeze. And you can get some good bonding time in by trying 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. Hike through a local nature trail or up to a nearby mountain vista and enjoy a picnic at the peak.
Or if you prefer a bachelorette on the beach, see if you can book a group surfing lesson. One of our favorite companies for this is Surf Diva (run by women) in La Jolla! For bridal parties looking to sunbathe rather than surf, stand-up paddleboarding could be a fun compromise.
Wanderlust | Connie Grisley
3. Music Festival
If live music gives you life, hit up a music festival for your bachelorette party! And just like Vegas isn't your only option for a good bachelorette party, Coachella is NOT your only option for a music festival! There are plenty of local festivals going on year-round, featuring all different styles of music. Some options include:
- South By Southwest in Austin
- Outside Lands in San Francisco
- BottleRock in Napa Valley
- Governor's Ball in NYC
4. Sail Before The Veil
Embark upon a maiden voyage that's reinventing the cruise experience: Meaning no kids, no buffets, and definitely no cha-cha slide. Virgin Voyages offers luxurious-yet-affordable cruises that are both all-inclusive and adults-only. Take the latest fitness classes, enjoy food truck-inspired eats, and party til the sun comes up in colorful Caribbean ports. It's 21st century sailing at its finest (and yes, that includes unlimited WiFi). We'll #wanderlust to that!
5. Hotel Party
Book a room at a fabulous hotel and use all the amenities to the fullest. Take, for example, The Saguaro Palm Springs. Besides being one of the most Instagrammable hotels we've ever seen, The Saguaro Palm Springs has an epic pool party with a live DJ, an in-house spa, daily yoga classes, AND a gourmet tequila bar pairing incredible margs with Mexican street food. You'll never want to leave.
6. Food & Bev Heaven
If you consider yourselves foodies, we've got another "festival" option for you: a food fest! Events like Feast Portland or LA Food Fest allow you to wine and dine your way to bachelorette bliss. And it would be really fun to find a local food truck festival (bonus points if they have a beer garden!). Many cities also offer food tours, like Charleston Culinary Tours or Flavors of the French Quarter.
Or you can mix it up by taking a group mixology class! Urban Matter in Chicago and EatWell DC are just a couple examples of companies that invite you to stir, shake, and sip as you learn how to make some creative cocktails.
And you can always fall back on an old standby: Wine tasting. Go to the nearest wine country and shuttle between vineyards—getting tastefully tipsy along the way!
7. Party Bike
Forget the party bus and opt for a party bike! Companies like Nashville Pedal Tavern and Denver Patio Ride allow you to sightsee, blast music, and pedal down the street while enjoying some tasty libations. It's the new-fashioned version of a traditional pub crawl.
8. Drag Brunch
Yes, bottomless mimosa brunches are delightful. But when you can enjoy your boozy brunch with great music and fab female impersonators? Now you have yourself an epic bachelorette party! Unleash your inner diva at the world-famous Drag Brunch in Las Vegas, New York, or Miami Beach.
9. Give Back
Doing some charity work is always a good idea—and it's a meaningful way to connect with your 'maids. Flex your muscles and build a home through Habitat for Humanity, or do a fun run together that benefits a great cause...then grab some cocktails afterwards. You can cheers not only to your upcoming wedding, but to a job well done!
Let's keep this party going...
Filed under Budget Wedding Ideas, Expert Advice, Special Events / Parties, Offbeat, Give Back, Honeymoons / Travel, Unique, DJ / Entertainment / Music, Food
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