Whether you’re the bride or a bridesmaid, planning the perfect bachelorette party weekend can seem like a daunting task. No matter what kind of bachelorette party you’re planning, these ideas will help inspire you to have the best bachelorette weekend possible.
Make Fun Party Favors
Although gifts that say “bride” and “bridesmaid” on them can be fun, let’s be realistic — you will only use them for this wedding, and then they’ll end up lost in the back of a closet, donated, or thrown out. However, getting unbranded matching items can still give a fun, cohesive look to your group without buying things that you won’t use again. A few ideas could be matching necklaces, plain robes, fanny packs, or scrunchies — all depending on your budget.
Get an Air Bnb
Even if you’re staying in town for your bachelorette weekend, getting an Air Bnb is a great way to make the celebration feel like a little vacation. With an Air Bnb, you’ll have the chance to go in and add more decorations than you would in a normal hotel room. Some cities even have Air Bnbs designed for fun bachelorette parties, so make sure to check out your options.
Have a Photo Spot
Half of the fun of bachelorette weekends is getting dressed up and taking cute pictures with the entire bridal party. That’s why having a spot where you set up for some photo ops is a great way to make the bachelorette weekend even better. You can either make your own fun photo booth props or buy a kit online — there are options for pretty much every aesthetic you could be looking for. Getting a tripod that can hold a cell phone is also a great idea to make sure that you can get the entire bridal party in the picture without having to take selfies.
Guess the Ring
This game can be played on the go using someone’s phone or in a more planned out way. All you need is a series of zoomed-in pictures of famous engagement rings. Considering the fact that engagement rings date back to 1477 and Maximilian of Austria’s proposal to Mary of Burgundy, you should have a lot of options to choose from.
Have a Ride Arranged
Nothing ruins a bachelorette weekend like a car accident, and that’s what’s likely to happen if you drive drunk or otherwise intoxicated. 18.9% of respondents in one survey admitted they have driven while buzzed, and you don’t want anyone in your party to become one of those people. If you don’t want to be stuck with a certain schedule, you can use Uber or Lyft, just make sure that you have the app downloaded onto your phone before your group goes anywhere for the night.
If you want a more scheduled night, you can also arrange for a car or limo service to pick you up and drop you off from wherever you’re staying. Even if you get a service for just the trip to or from your dinner, it can add a lot to the bachelorette weekend.
Plan For Matching Outfits
Before the weekend, make sure to tell the entire bridal party to pack some matching clothes to make for some really cute pictures. For example, if you’re planning to go for a night out, have all of the bridesmaids pack dresses or other going out outfits in one color to make the bride stand out in her all-white (or cream) ensemble. Black is always a safe choice since it’s likely that everyone will own something black that they can go out in, but choosing a color from the wedding color scheme can also be a fun option.
Do a Paint and Sip Class
No matter if your group is artistically inclined or not, a paint and sip class can be a lot of fun. This popular type of class can be found in most cities, and many are BYOB, so you can bring whatever kind of wine, beer, or liquor your heart desires. If you have a big enough party, you may even be able to arrange for a private class, which sometimes means a more customized painting. Plus, after the weekend, you’ll all have a little party favor that you can display wherever you want.
Add in a Workout
If the bride is a big fitness buff, why not add in a fun and trendy workout during the bachelorette weekend? Although one workout won’t “balance out” any unhealthy eating or drinking you’ll be doing, it can make you all feel refreshed and energized. Try out a new class for everyone, like a barre or SoulCycle class. If you decide to do something on your own, make sure that you start your workout with a proper five to ten minute warm-up to avoid injury.
Arrange a Winery, Brewery, or Distillery Tour
Depending on where you’re having your bachelorette weekend, there may be winery, brewery, or distillery tours available. Your city may even have a tour already established that you can buy tickets for that will have a bus to take you from one location to the next so you don’t have to arrange for a car service or call an Uber or Lyft to get from one location to the next. If you have options for these different types of tours, make sure to choose whatever one the bride (or the majority of the bridal party) will like the best.
Be Hangover Ready
If you’re planning on drinking during your bachelorette celebration, there’s a high chance that hangovers will follow. That’s why having hangover kits ready to go will make your bachelorette weekend the best it can be. In your kit, you can include things like Aleve, a breakfast or granola bar, a water bottle, mouthwash, sunglasses, hand sanitizer, chapstick, and anything else that you think you’ll need the morning after a night out.
No matter what kind of bachelorette party you’re throwing, these ideas can help you make the weekend the best it can possibly be.
What do you love at bachelorette weekends? What are you not a fan of? Let us know in the comments!