Throwing a bachelorette party is just one more step in the expensive to-do list that comes along with wedding planning, but it’s a crucial one - the bride needs to celebrate with her closest girlfriends before the big day! It doesn’t have to be some giant, glamorous Vegas getaway that you need to spend every last penny on, but it can still be glamorous - just on a budget!
First thing’s first: as always, set a clear budget. Be transparent with the entire bridal party and the bride - what’s everyone comfortable spending? This step should always come first, because it really helps you narrow down your options for the celebration! Once your budget is set in stone, organize a Google Docs sheet to keep everything as transparent as possible. Group texts and email chains can get confusing fast, so write out itinerary plans and expenses in a shared document so everyone can stay on top of things!
Now’s the big question: what to do? The possibilities for a bachelorette party are endless, because the point of it all is to spend time with your girlfriends; chances are, you’ll have the time of your life together no matter what it is you’re doing!
A great idea to save some money is to keep the celebration limited to one day or night. An entire weekend may sound like fun at first, but it can get drawn out fast and the costs really add up. Choose quality over quantity!
Instead, head out for a day trip with the bridal party or a one night stay somewhere relatively local. Some of our fave ideas are visiting a local winery for brunch over some rosé, renting a gorgeous suite in a nearby hotel for the night and opting for their spa package, having a slumber party girls’ night at home, or doing a bar crawl of all the places you frequented when you all first turned 21 - you could even add in a scavenger hunt for some added excitement! For the adventurous bride, a glamping trip could be the perfect girls’ night mixed with a little bit of outdoorsy fun, and for the artsy bride, a Paint n’ Sip night could be a relaxing celebration. Plan your event around the bride’s personality for a super unique party.
Bachelorette parties wouldn’t be complete without the classic tiara and sash, but keep the other personalized gifts to a minimum to save some money in your planning. An adorable monogrammed wine glass or tumbler for each guest with the date would be a small but memorable gift, or save even more with some budget-friendly flash tattoos or hangover kits - you don’t have to go all out with expensive personalized t-shirts!