It’s wedding season! And you know what that means—bachelor and bachelorette parties! Let’s look at some fun and unique party ideas to share with your friends.
Traditionally bachelor parties were just for guys, and bachelorette parties were just for gals, but no more! These days, the bride or groom and their friends make the rules. Isn’t this great? If you want to stay traditional, by all means, do so. But if you're a gal and have a close guy friend or a guy with a close gal friend, why leave them out? Just make sure that any activities that you have planned will be comfortable for the bride or groom and all the guests. Also, there's no reason to match up couples for a bachelor or bachelorette party—that’s part of the fun.
If a music festival with the crew sounds like fun, why not combine it with the bachelor or bachelorette party? Music, fun, and frivolity all go well with a bachelor or bachelorette party. If you go for this option, consider making what you will wear part of the fun. Maybe coordinating tie-dye T-shirts or everyone making cutoff jeans to wear would be fun. You will have plenty of options for special occasion dresses or men’s suits at the wedding itself.
For a great break from the pre-wedding stress, consider a yoga retreat. If you go this route, make sure that you choose a yoga retreat that will fit your group well. Yoga retreats are available for newbie yogis as well as experienced ones. Choose a comfortable option for everyone.
In addition to the yoga itself, make sure that the accommodations and food will be to everyone’s liking. Some yoga retreats are disciplined affairs that start with meditation at 5 a.m., followed by breakfast at 6 a.m. and a full, detailed schedule. If your crew is more likely to order room service or hit the local coffee shop around 9 a.m. and then go to a yoga class or two later in the weekend, make sure this setup will be available to you. If you're traveling to a yoga destination, check to see if they have mats that can be rented to save luggage space.
Bachelor and bachelorette parties are known for their alcohol, so why not make it a fun and sophisticated occasion? Check with local wineries or liquor stores to find out about wine tastings or winery tours within a reasonable distance. Many venues are happy to sponsor a private party if they have a minimum number of participants or a minimum guaranteed purchase amount.
If you go for this option, make sure that not only the bride or groom but the entire crew has a sober ride home. Professional wine tasters may not drink the wine (to assure that they cleanse their palate), but most of us amateurs enjoy drinking the wine in addition to appreciating its bouquet and learning about the winery.
Admit it, everyone loves karaoke. Whether you have a private karaoke party at home, rent out a small venue for the evening, or go to karaoke as a bachelor or bachelorette group, this is a great fit. What can be better than great friends, food, drink, and dubious music choices? This one can be especially fun if there are old friends in the group who recall the same music from the same era. There are also an amazing number of love songs that can be sweet or funny depending upon the occasion and who is singing them. If the group has some favorite tunes, be sure to pick them out early in the evening to be sure they make it onto the agenda.
Is the bride or groom a huge baseball, tennis, or golf fan? Birds of a feather flock together, as they say. So if your crew has a favorite sport, why not do a sports weekend destination bachelor or bachelorette party? This will take planning, but the tickets, tee times, or court reservations followed by dinner and breakfast the next morning could make for an unforgettable get-together.
Another relaxing option is having a bachelor or bachelorette party at a weekend cabin. Whether the group enjoys walking, hiking, fishing, or hanging out at the beach by the lake—don’t forget your swimsuit and beach cover-up! This can be a great way to spend some relaxed and quality time with friends. If you go for this option, bring plenty of food and drinks and keep it casual. Hanging out by a campfire or sitting out on the porch can be the perfect time for sharing stories old and new.
Enjoy a great bachelor or bachelorette party!