With an increasing amount of women now getting married in their 30s, it makes me wonder something. Do we still want to do the same old, face-down drunk, stripper-filled, sloppy Vegas weekend getaway? Isn’t this what we’ve spent our late 20s trying to get away from? If you prefer the “last chance” craziness of a traditional Bachelorette Party, I say go for it. As a single woman, I love being invited to these wild public displays of drunken girl time. It just never seems like that much fun for the bride.
Frankly, I think the Bachelorette Party deserves better. So I came up with a few ideas that can be boozy and fun without being regretful. Look at these as great options for a sophisticated “later in life” (or even second!) wedding pre-funk.
1. Vacation Rental/Cabin at any nearby beautiful nature get away in your area:
A beautiful retreat in nature may be just what you and your girls are craving in the stressful days before your wedding. Cannon Beach has beautiful sunsets and recreational activities with the added bonus of being close enough to town to enjoy the shops and restaurants. Pile everyone into a vacation home or two and entertain yourselves with long dinners, late night beach walks and lots of bottles of wine.
2. Spa Day:
This is another activity aimed at getting everyone to relax, relax, relax. Some spas have communal hot tubs where you can all hang out together before enjoying your individual treatments. It’s also doing a little bit of multi-tasking since everyone probably needs their nails done anyway! Perfect for the bride-to-be who wants a total pampering experience – hangover free.
3. Dinner Celebration:
This idea is perfect for the bride who doesn’t mind having another party to plan. This is definitely not for the faint of heart! While your maid of honor should be responsible for most (if not all) of the Bachelorette Party festivities, a lot of this could end up falling into your lap. Especially if the dinner is held in your home. So proceed with caution!
When done right, the dinner celebration can be a fun and intimate gathering complete with personalized touches. This is also good if you love your girls but you don’t necessarily want to spend an entire weekend with them.
Whatever you decide, the most important elements are relaxation and fun. Which you’re sure to get a both of if you’re surrounded by good friends.