Everyone knows that being a bridesmaid can be expensive—from the dress to the bridal shower to the gift to the bachelorette party, the costs add up. And, over the years, the bachelorette party has evolved from a night out celebration to include the possibility of international trips.
But nobody should feel pressured to spend more than they can afford on a bachelorette party. And bachelorette parties don’t need to cost a lot of money to be meaningful, fun, and awesome.
Here are some great ideas for a bachelorette bash that doesn’t break the bank.
Sometimes, the bachelorette party is hosted in someone’s home. In that case, there are many fun options for making an at-home party exciting.
Book a cooking class. A group of friends learning to cook a new cuisine, or perfecting a new dish is always fun. If the bride, or her partner, comes from a particular ethnic background with hard to master cuisine, then you can even tailor the cooking class to a special family recipe. No better way to impress a future mother-in-law than showing up with a home-cooked curry! You can even add an at-home wine tasting portion to enhance the fun.
Book a dance instructor. The classic bachelorette move would be to hire a pole-dancing instructor, and that can be tremendous fun. But, you can also look into swing dancing, tango, belly dancing, or hip-hop as a fun way to enjoy the party with your pals.
Hire a chef to cook you dinner. If you don’t want to do the cooking yourself, then book yourself a private chef to whip up the best meal of your life. From a boozy brunch to a three-course dinner, you can't go wrong with an expertly prepared meal to enjoy with your wedding party.
Sleepover. Whatever your plans for the day, see if you can arrange a slumber party. a girl’s night in is often a really fun bonding experience for the bridesmaids and the easiest way to play bachelorette party games.
Sometimes, there is not a suitable house among the wedding party members to serve as home-base for the bachelorette party. But, there are still many ways to have an incredible party if you are out and about.
Go bowling. This one might be a classic, but it’s for good reason—bowling is fun and great for groups. People can chat while each person goes up for their turn. It’s a great way for a bachelorette party to bond and party.
Sing karaoke. Nothing says fun more than drinks and singing, with a dash of nostalgia.
Go hiking. Long hikes that turn into beautiful summits can be the ideal bachelorette party move. The hike allows for friends to catch up, and the party can play classic bachelorette party games at the rest stops. Plus, it will make for some incredible photos.
Rent a cabin nearby. Depending on your budget and location, one affordable option can be to rent a nearby cabin within driving distance for a secluded weekend getaway. If you pack up and bring your food, the costs can be minimal beyond the price of lodging.
Go offseason. If your heart is set on a getaway weekend, look into booking a trip for an offseason. Go to Napa Valley in October, or Miami Beach in August.
Ditch the expensive add-ons. Sometimes, the costs that turn an affordable bachelorette party into an expensive one are due to the items that you simply don’t need. Forget the fancy invitations, gifts, matching nightgowns, or elaborate meals and drinks in bars. Send your friends email invites and bring your food and drink to your locale, and you might realize that the perfect bachelorette party is within your budget after all.
Whatever you do, do not spend more than you can afford. The bachelorette party should be fun, not stressful. These ideas for the affordable bachelorette party of your dreams will give you a fun night with your close friends that you’ll never forget.