If the thought of donning a veil and stumbling through a haze of bars for your bachelorette party sounds so "not you," we've got some other ideas, straight from the brides who enjoyed them.

Great Meals with Foodie Friends

Marina, 27, decided to have her destination bachelorette party in Chicago—the city where she's attending graduate school is also a central location between friends on both coasts.

The party kicked off with a casual potluck dinner—in a hotel suite at the Fairmont—where each local guest brought a favorite dish of Marina's. The next day, the friends enjoyed brunch followed by an afternoon at a Champagne bar and tapas cooking classes in the evening.

"The chefs teach you but will take over if you get distracted," Marina says. "We talked and drank wine, and in the end we enjoyed the meal."

Ultimately, Marina says the party jived with how she normally spends time with her friends. "You often go to bars and see bachelorette parties that are just messes—that's not me," Marina says. "I wanted something more sophisticated, where I could actually spend time with my friends and enjoy their company."

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