When it comes to celebrating your bestie turned bride-to-be, there is no one way to go about it. While destination bachelorettes are certainly on the rise, there is always something to be said for switching things up. And in case you didn’t know, not every bachelorette party has to revolve around sipping out of penis straws and partying til dawn.
So if your bride is on the unconventional side, or simply isn’t looking for an over-the-top bach bash, you’ve come to the right place. Below we’ve listed 24 fun bachelorette party ideas for the thrill seekers to the money conscious and everyone in between! We’ve even broken them down into three popular categories:
Low Key Bachelorette Party Ideas
1. Take a Group Exercise Class
Our first low key idea brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘sweating for the wedding’. Not only is this a great choice for the fit and healthy bride, but for those who are looking for booze-free bachelorette party activities. There are plenty of group class options to choose from, including SoulCycle and Barre, depending on your bestie’s preferred method of exercise. And if your bride is more of an outdoorsy type, plan a group hike at one of your local parks or some morning yoga at a nearby beach.
2. Host an Old School Slumber Party
This is truly one of our favorite low key bachelorette party ideas because it is oh so fun and frugal. Instead of traveling out of state, or even city, simply host (or have another bridesmaid host) a girls’ only sleepover full of everyone’s favorite movies, snacks, and adult beverages. Be sure to play a round or two of telephone and choreograph at least one dance (that you should definitely perform at the wedding). P.S. If you have a large group, simply rent a local AirBnB for the night to fit everyone in.
3. Attend a Sporting Event
This next bachelorette party idea is for the bride who is a major sports fan. Whether it be football or basketball, baseball or hockey, sporting events are a great way to celebrate your future Mrs (hopefully with a team win!) Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance so everyone can sit together and have a safe method of transportation to and from the event.
4. Take a Brewery Tour
Switch things up from your typical winery tour and take a trip to a brewery instead. The best part about this bachelorette party alternative is that nowadays there is a brewery in every other city, so you won’t have to travel far. Keep it safe by booking a party bus to take you girls around for the day, and be sure to double check that at least one of your stops serves food. Pro tip: If you really enjoy one of the beers you taste, purchase a growler to take home and drink later that night.
5. Organize a Foodie Tour
If your bachelorette squad isn’t big into craft beer, opt for a foodie tour instead. Simply pick out your favorite local restaurants and spend the day eating your way through town. We suggest mapping out a few detours in between (think shopping or sight-seeing) to give yourselves time to make room for your next stop! And if you have a large group, consider making reservations so you won’t have to wait for a table.
6. Perform Karaoke
This one is a total must for any bachelorette party, especially for those of you who aren’t afraid to put on a show. Trust us when we say there’s no faster way to score a round of free drinks than by getting on stage and bringing down the house. While karaoke bars may be a thing of the past, there’s bound to be one found in every town if you search hard enough. P.S. We highly recommend Wannabe (Spice Girls) and Everybody (Backstreet Boys) as group go-tos.
7. Snap Before and After Pictures
While this isn’t one of those time-consuming bachelorette party activities, it’s hilarious all the same. Once you’re all glammed up and ready to hit the town, have each girl take a “before” picture (aka pre-tequila shots). When you take the “after” picture is up to you. If you are coherent enough when you get back from the bar, we suggest doing it then (drunk photoshoots are the best, amiright?). If it’s straight to bed, snap the shots the next morning (I woke up like this #flawless). Although it should be very clear which is the before and which is the after, we recommend using some props as an added bonus.
8. Board a Bachelorette Booze Cruise
Obviously this bachelorette activity is dependent on the location and time of year, so it will not work for all groups. However, if you are travelling to a destination where booze cruises are a possibility, we highly recommend taking advantage of this option. Whether you take a spin out on the open water or use your vessel as a means to bar hop, your bride will never forget her last sail before the veil. P.S. This is the perfect opportunity to rock those super cute matching suits you’re always seeing!
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Classy Bachelorette Party Ideas
9. Book a Spa Day/Weekend
This classy bachelorette alternative is perfect for the bride who’s looking for a little R&R before the big day. Make a day out of it by booking back-to-back facials and massages, followed by manis and pedis, at your local spa. If your bestie wants to make it a fun weekend getaway, book a hotel for a night or two and spread your services out over a couple of days. Whichever path you decide to take, this is a guaranteed way to ensure your bride and fellow bridesmaids are cool, calm and collected come wedding day.
10. Host a Wine & Paint Party
There are a few different ways to pull this idea off- You can either search for nearby restaurants who are having an upcoming wine and paint night or book a group class at a paint and sip studio in your area. If anyone in your group is especially artistic, you can host the event at home and use them as your instructor. Whichever route you take, this is the perfect bachelorette party option for a classy bride.
11. Schedule a Bachelorette Photo Shoot
What better way to make all your Instagram followers jealous than by posting some seriously fun photos of you and your girls! If money is no issue, hire a professional to do hair and makeup and another to snap the pics. Looking to save some dollars? Simply do your own hair and makeup then break out your iPhone 11s (they’re basically professional cameras at this point, right?) Pro-tip: Take some sexy, yet tasteful, photos of the future Mrs. so she can gift them to her hubby-to-be!
12. Make Some Craft Cocktails
Why pay a premium for craft cocktails made by someone else when you can just bring the bar to you? Research some seriously yummy cocktails (that aren’t too hard to make) prior to the bachelorette party, then buy the necessary ingredients for each. Once your girls night is in full swing, take turns preparing each drink for the group and vote on your favorites. The best part about this idea is that you can make it as fancy (aka LBDs) or casual (aka PJs) as you’d like!
13. Have a Bachelorette Pool Party
Grab some extra glow for the big day by celebrating the bride-to-be poolside. Mix up some frozen cocktails, break out your favorite pool floats and don’t forget the SPF! Save money with this bachelorette party idea by having everyone bring a dish, potluck style, or simply order a couple of pizzas to split. FYI- this totally works for the beach too!
14. Take a Pole Dancing Class
We here at Modern MOH are not fans of hiring strippers to perform at the bachelorette party, but we are totally fond of stripper poles. Seriously, pole dancing classes are all the rage these days and for good reason. Not only are they super fun (and sexy), they make for a great workout too! So slip on your comfiest leggings and get ready to shake what ya’ mama gave ya’. P.S. If you have any shy ladies in your group, we encourage a cocktail or two beforehand for some extra liquid courage.
15. Book a Bachelorette Blow Out
We consider blow dry bars to be one of the greatest modern day inventions. For real though, how freakin’ awesome is it to have a professional style your hair without having to pay an obscene amount for a cut and color? Because the blow dry bar trend is rapidly growing, with a new store popping up in every city, you should have no problem finding a salon near you. Simply make a reservation for you and your bachelorette squad during the day and hit the town that night looking like runway models. P.S. This is also a great way to experiment with a hairstyle you’re considering for the big day!
16. Find a Drag Show Brunch
If you’ve never been to one of these shows, you are seriously missing out. Trust us when we say you’ve never had a better time sipping mimosas and Bloody Mary’s than you have when dancing along with dolled up drag queens. While these shows are often found in big cities, you’d be surprised to find them hosted in many a small town USA (just ask Google). Most restaurants require reservations, so be sure to plan ahead, and don’t forget to bring along your dolla dolla bills ya’ll!
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Unique Bachelorette Party Ideas
17. Go Camping (or Glamping)
We love this unique bachelorette alternative because it’s perfect for both the rugged and not-so-rugged bride. Keep it old school by pitching a few tents and snuggling up in sleeping bags, or glam it up by renting a cabin out in the woods. Either way, be sure to have a big ol’ bonfire to roast your marshmallows over (s’mores highly recommended) and a few fun ghost stories worth sharing up your sleeve.
18. Attend a Music Festival or Concert
Calling all music lovers! We have the perfect bachelorette party idea for you. Depending on the time of year and type of music your bride and fellow bridesmaids like, you can attend a weekend long festival like Coachella or Stagecoach, or a one-night concert featuring everyone’s favorite artist. If you want to keep it really low-key, simply find a local band your group enjoys and go see them at a nearby bar.
19. Visit an Amusement Park
This is the ultimate bachelorette party activity for all of you whose bestie’s are still kids at heart. Gather up your girls and take a trip to your closest amusement park- Disney World, Disneyland, Six Flags, Busch Gardens, etc.- for a guaranteed fun time. Skip any lines by splurging on VIP passes and make sure everyone has a designated riding buddy!
20. Go Bungee Jumping or Skydiving
You either got sick to your stomach or excited butterflies after reading that. If it was the former, feel free to move past this idea, but if it was the latter- hello badass! Obviously this alternative is not for everybody, and even if you like the idea, that doesn’t mean your bride and fellow bridesmaids will. However, if you are surrounded by like-minded thrill seekers, this is one of those unique bachelorette party ideas that will never be forgotten. Just be sure to get plenty of pictures along the way.
21. Play Bachelorette Party Paintball
This final unique bachelorette idea is perfect for those seeking a little thrill while still keeping two feet on the ground. Beware that you may suffer a bruise or two along the way, so don’t plan this fun outing too close to the wedding. Pro tip: Take your ensemble to the next level by having all the girls wear an old bridesmaids dress- it makes for a seriously hilarious picture!
22. Hire a Henna Artist
This is one of our favorite bachelorette party activities because it’s not only totally unique, but super fun too! Before a night out on the town, have a local henna artist come to your place and give each girl some custom ink. Have no idea where to find a henna artist? We recommend checking out GigMasters or Thumbtack (you’d be surprised at how many options you have!). P.S. Henna tattoos last up to two weeks, so if your bachelorette party is soon before the wedding, this might not be the choice for you.
23. Get a Psychic or Tarot Card Reading
There’s no type of fun like the supernatural sort. And what better way to celebrate the bride’s upcoming wedding than with a look into her future? Find a psychic or tarot card reader that will come to you from one of the websites above, or simply look up shops that are close to where you’re staying. P.S. We recommend double checking with the bride and the rest of the girls before booking, just to make sure everyone is comfortable with this bachelorette party idea.
24. Throw Some Axes
If your group is looking for a fun physical activity to burn off that pre-wedding stress, axe throwing is it. Our only rule with this bachelorette party activity is simple: please come back in one piece. All jokes aside, this is also the perfect choice for those of you who like to get a little competitive with it. And while matching flannels aren’t a must, we do recommend them for picture-taking purposes.
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