[Guest Post] Bachelorette parties that won't break the bank.

August 22, 2012

Jessica Stark was awesome enough to share another wedding related guest post with us. Enjoy her fabulous writing and wedding ideas and share this with your engaged or nearly engaged friends! I definitely know how I will be throwing the next bachelorette party I get to host:)

Over the past several years, it seems that weddings have transformed from a special occasion to celebrate a couple's love to a grand, spare-no-expenses event. If you can afford to host this type of wedding and bachelorette party, that's awesome. But not everyone can, and not everyone wants to. You don't have to go all-out to have a memorable, fun event with your friends, and I was reminded of that when I recently attended a bachelorette party at a comedy club.
Being there, watching the bride-to-be have fun with her friends and celebrate the next phase of her life without dropping loads of cash got me thinking about how much these parties have become a burden to other brides-to-be. Sometimes less is more, and the last thing you want is to go into debt before you even say "I do".
Inexpensive bachelorette party ideas
·       Activity-based party theme. If you and your friends enjoy sports, plan your party around your favorite event for a fun-filled, memorable day. Playing 18 holes on the golf course or an afternoon playing Frisbee golf can be loads of fun for you and your active friends. Use discount coupons for a local golf course or other activity location to increase savings.
·       Wine-tasting party. Enjoying favorite alcoholic beverages is often part of a bachelorette party. Have a cozy bachelorette party with cheese, crackers and an assortment of wines for you and your friends to try. You can make this as casual or as formal as you want it to be!
·       Beach party. Pack swimsuits, various beach games, towels and sunscreen and head off to the beach for your bachelorette party. Save even more money by grilling on the beach, instead of going out to eat.
·       Pre-wedding craft party. Many brides-to-be are saving money on wedding decorations and favors by making their own. If your bridesmaids and friends are crafty, too, plan a bachelorette crafting party and enlist everyone's help. Serve your favorite beverages, snacks and cake.
·       At-home spa party. Most everyone loves a trip to the spa, but spa services for your entire party can add up quickly. Plan an at-home spa party instead. Ask guests to bring their favorite nail polishes, facial masks and skincare products. If you or a friend sells these items, you can host a party that allows guests to buy the products, if they like.
·       Dance or exercise class party. Laugh it up and get moving with a dance or exercise class for your bachelorette party. Many places offer group discounts to help you save money on the class.
Different ways to celebrate
Don't be afraid to do something unique for your bachelorette party. Your guests know that this event is all about you, so do something that makes you happy and doesn't drain your bank account. No matter what you decide on, what your friends will remember most is the great company and good times – not how much money you spent.