If you're not up for a traditional girls' night out for your bachelorette party, head to one of these destinations for an unforgettable getaway with your bridesmaids.
Back in the day, bachelorette parties meant a tiara, a boa, and a night on the town with your BFFs. And often they still do. But these days, many brides are traveling for their bash. The classic destination bash is Las Vegas, but if flashing lights, luxe theme resorts, and slot machines aren't your thing, there are still plenty of amazing options for your girls' getaway.
First, think about what you really love to do. (Side note: If there's something you really don't want at your bachelorette — tequila shots, strippers, penis straws — be sure to let your MOH know.) Into indulgence? Plan a spa vacation and you can grab facials with your girls, then gab over mani-pedis and cucumber water. Love shopping? Hit a city you've always wanted to see and start the hunt for that perfect rehearsal-dinner dress. Crave adventure? Drive cattle at a dude ranch or go hiking in a national park.
Wherever you decide to go, keep your bridal party's budget in mind. Traditionally, guests are supposed to pay for the bride, but if traveling is your idea, you should pick up the tab for your flight and hotel room. And don't be offended if some of your BFFs can't afford to attend. Remember, they're already shelling out for a dress and a wedding present. A few ways to save: Check out HotelPlanner.com, which helps negotiate discounts for group travel. Or share a vacation home instead of paying for separate hotel rooms. TripAdvisor's Flipkey has more than 300,000 options on its site. You can also pick a destination within driving distance so you can skip the plane tickets. Or just do a bachelorette stay-cation in a cool hotel suite in your hometown.
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Photo: Cross "learn to surf" off your bucket list with a girls' getaway at a surf camp. On the West Coast, head to Surf Diva in San Diego, which offers weekend clinics and private bachelorette party packages. In the east, head to Montauk, New York, in the Hamptons, and check in to Montauk Yacht Club. The hotel will arrange for private group lessons with local institution CoreysWave.Photo: Courtesy of SanDiego.org