Instead of a booze-filled night on the town, why not take advantage of the opportunity to get adventurous with your girls? Take a long weekend to travel somewhere out of the ordinary, or hit up a local destination if you’re short on time.
If the idea of a traditional bachelorette party makes you roll your eyes or run and hide, you’re in good company.
While Hollywood often portrays it as a chance to go clubbing, get drunk, and/or completely embarrass the bride-to-be, it certainly doesn’t have to be that kind of an event! The point of a bachelorette party is to get together with your closest girlfriends for some girls-only time before you tie the knot — and there’s more than one way to make that happen.
Zip lining, goat yoga, stand-up paddleboarding, visiting a State or National Park, kayaking, skiing, camping, mountain biking, spelunking, sky diving, bungee jumping, white water rafting, sandboarding, scuba diving….the options are endless!
With a little planning, you and your closest friends can easily rent an AirBnB together, feast on local cuisine, and make some more amazing memories together before you’re officially hitched.
Here are a few practical considerations to help you plan an adventurous bachelorette party:
- Keep it small. The more people you involve, the harder it will be to choose activities that suit everyone’s interests and abilities. Don’t feel obligated to invite anyone and everyone who has a connection to the wedding. You might consider sticking with your bridesmaids only.
- Plan well in advance. If this trip involves travel for anyone, build in enough advance notice for everyone to make the necessary arrangements to be there.
- Keep everyone in the loop. Start an email thread or group text to discuss details and make sure everyone is on the same page. (But don’t be annoying! Keep it focused on logistics.)
- Be safe. Know the physical limits of everyone in your group, and be respectful of them when planning your itinerary. And you’re a group of smart ladies, so this probably goes without saying…… but please don’t mix alcohol consumption with potentially dangerous activities!
- Split the cost. If everyone chips in, you’ll be able to pool your resources and potentially splurge a bit. That being said, it’s perfectly okay to consider privately covering the costs of a friend who may not have it in the budget.
- Plan backup indoor activities in case of inclement weather. You can keep it low-key with a marathon of wedding chick flicks (27 Dresses, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Runaway Bride, etc.) or keep the adventurous theme and scout out something indoors like a rock climbing gym.
Go ahead and break “tradition” — plan an adventurous bachelorette party that will become one of your most treasured memories of pre-wedding life. Here’s to a bachelorette party you’ll actually enjoy!