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.

Learn and Dance Burlesque

Andrea, a 31-year-old doctoral student, had plenty of time to get ready for her burlesque-themed party in New Orleans.

"My maid of honor told me the theme two months in advance, so I started planning my costume," Andrea says. "I bought a wig, tights, gloves—the whole nine yards."

The evening kicked off with dinner at a friend's house before the arrival of professional burlesque dancer Bella Blue, hired to teach the group how to shake their hips, move their arms, and work their gloves.

Armed with new dance moves, the women next went to New Orleans's infamous French Quarter for burlesque night at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse. When the club's MC invited them on stage, they each performed their new moves one by one. "There was a live band," Andrea recalls. "We were all doing our moves, and we got standing ovations. It was great!"

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