If you're looking for out-of-the-box bachelorette party ideas, we've got a few you might not have thought of. Sure, clubbing in Las Vegas or tipsy traipsing through New Orleans are great, but they've been done. And you don't want to throw a regular bachelorette party; you want to throw an Instagram-worthy one. So make it a night the bride will never forget with a fun-filled fête that strays from the ordinary.
We've got tons of great inspo to help you throw an unforgettable bash that everyone will be talking about. Read on for 18 bachelorette party ideas you haven't heard of.
Eat, Drink, and Shoot (With Your Camera)
You're probably planning on having some tipsy fun at your party or getaway, but it doesn't have to be the whole plan. In Santa Barbara, there's an Eat This, Shoot That tour that's perfect for bachelorette parties. You can tour and taste your way around the Funk Zone's hip eateries, sip and explore the Santa Barbara Wine Collective, savor the flavors of Solvang, or plan a custom experience—all while learning photography and Instagram tips from a professional photographer.
Have One Last Sail Before the Veil
So many parties are limited to crowded bars or lounges, so why not give yourself a chance to have fun on the open sea? If you live near the water (or are having a destination bachelorette, like in Cabo, where Seashine Adventures offers a yacht charter), you can rent a boat for a day and call it "The Last Sail Before the Veil." Bring food, drinks, music, and your swimsuits, and make a party of it! You'll get out on the water, soak in some sun, and do something less traditional than a night of clubbing.
Go for a Distillery Tour
But pick one with some eye candy: In Virginia, distilleries are hot—from whiskey to moonshine—and so are the distillers. Check out the boys behind Belle Isle Moonshine, which also has great cocktails. Or, go see all the music and mayhem that can be found in Nashville and take a tour of the Jack Daniel's distillery, just a short ride away, while you are in town. If you want to go more West Coast, consider You & Yours Distilling Co., California's first urban destination distillery led by women, in San Diego.
Go to (Adult) Camp
Club Getaway, based in Kent, Connecticut, (about two hours outside New York City), would make an amazing destination for a bridal party looking for pre-wedding fun. On the weekends, this adults-only camp lets you act like a kid but with booze and grown-up fun. There are drinking games like beer pong, campfires, great food, and tons of other activities and adventures. If you can't make it to Connecticut, Camp No Counselors is an all-inclusive experience with lodging, meals, and an open bar that has camps in 16 cities across the U.S. and Canada.
Be Sassy, but Artful
The Artful Bachelorette is an incredible live drawing class—but oh-so-much more. It's not only a classy yet sassy party option, but it's also an amazing experience. We'll let this one speak for itself.
Get Creative With a Paint Party
You can also get your creative juices flowing with a tamer option: a bachelorette paint party. There's no telling what you can paint when you have a glass of wine (or two) and a blank canvas—or, try your hand at ceramics. Pottery is becoming quite the rage. Plenty of studios host classes, and many, like Choplet Ceramic Studio in Brooklyn, New York, allow BYOB.
Wind Down With a Spa Day or Wellness Weekend
While a booze-filled bachelorette-party weekend with friends may appeal to many brides, others are looking for a more low-key wellness getaway. Destination spas, like Canyon Ranch and Cal-a-Vie, have seen an increase in the number of brides swapping a traditional bachelorette party for a wellness weekend. We totally get it: Wedding planning can be stressful, and a few days of quality R&R is a great way to unwind and bond with your besties.
Have a Classy Tea Party
For a bride-to-be that likes fancy dresses and fine china, you can't go wrong with a bachelorette tea party. Gather up the squad and get to cheers-ing with tiny teacups, delectable scones, and finger sandwiches. Historic hotels like New York’s Plaza Hotel host classic tea services while London’s The Berkeley has the innovative Pret-a-Portea, with nibbles inspired by the latest runway fashions from designers like Prada and Manolo Blahnik. One added perk: Most afternoon teas include Champagne, so be sure to toast with bubbles in hand.
Zen Out With a Yoga Retreat
For the to-be-wed who loves yoga, there's nothing more exciting than practicing with best friends. Grab your mats, leggings, and matching bride-tribe shirts and help channel peace, love, and light to combat wedding-planning stress. We love Yoga for Bad People's retreats for getting Zen while also making sure to party the bachelorette way. These retreats balance the yogic lifestyle with your real one, meaning there is time for adventurous activities like surfing and hiking, plenty of delicious (and sometimes less healthy) local bites, and, of course, cocktails.
Rent a Home—and Make a Party of It
Have an Under the Tuscan Sun–type moment and rent a villa in Tuscany, like one of these at Castelfalfi (it even makes its own wine and olive oil on the estate). Instead of competing against other bachelorette groups at hotels, friends are guaranteed to have a place to relax in and call their own.
Hire a Flytographer
You’ve no doubt had an engagement shoot with your honey, so why not do a photoshoot with your other loves: your friends! Check out Flytographer, which allows you to hire a photographer for a customized shoot in more than 250 cities around the world, whether it’s where you live or where you’re partying. The pro will lead you to the best local haunts and most Instagrammable spots; you just focus on your outfits.
Embrace Nature With a Camping Trip
Whether it's traditional camping or cushy glamping, a weekend outdoors lets you commune with nature for an unforgettable bachelorette party with hiking, fishing, swimming, campfires, and s'mores. If your bride squad is more prim than primal, opt for glamping for a taste of the outdoors without a lapse in luxury. Decked-out tents like those offered by Under Canvas ensure comfort, and flat irons are just as welcome as campfires and roasted marshmallows. With all the natural light and rustic backdrops, you’ll have plenty of great shots.
Get Gorgeous With a Glam Squad
Get that ring light ready—you’re in for a show-stopping look. Book a glam squad, such as Beautini, to come to you with all the goodies to totally beautify. After you and your ladies get your smoky eyes and beach waves, pose like Gigi Hadid at a fashion show. You’ll definitely want to upload these photos.
Hit the Country Music Capital
Cowboy hats, boots, and honky-tonks make for some serious Insta-game, so it’s no wonder Nashville is a hot spot for destination bachelorettes. Head to the country music capital for tours of the Grand Ole Opry, Broadway’s strip of music establishments, and plenty of Tennessee barbecue and whiskey. You never know, but you just might run into a country music star for the ultimate photo op.
Relax With a Staycation
You know that popular photo with all your gal pals in matching PJs on a fluffy white bed? That could be you, too. Instead of heading to the airport, make your destination a nearby luxury hotel—it’s time for a “suite” staycation. Book a large room (or the penthouse) and bring your overnight bags; you’re in for a night or two of unlimited room service, movies on demand, and Champagne.
Throw a Bridesmaids' Beach Party in Miami
With gorgeous sunny weather, an über-trendy nightlife scene, and beautiful beaches, the Instagram opportunities are endless in Miami—especially when you and the squad are staying someplace as cool as The Confidante. This retro-glam Miami Beach hotel is fun and colorful and basically caters to everything the millennial heart desires. After checking in, set up shop in a colorful cabana by the pool, where you can indulge in boozy Popsicles and snap some pics on those pool floaties that are all over your Instagram feed every single summer. (The Confidante has 'em on hand.)
Thanks to this Georgian city’s Southern charm, delightful hospitality, food-focused culture, and open-container laws, it’s become quite the destination for a bachelorette celebration. Savannah is easily walkable and bikeable, and there is no shortage of brew bike companies, such as the Savannah Pedal Pub, where you can sip as you pedal through the Spanish-moss-lined streets on a party bike. Don't worry a non-drinking driver is doing the actual steering.
Explore on a Local Tour
From tours of haunted houses to hidden gems, many cities offer off-the-beaten-path guides to what makes the place so unique. It’s likely your town or destination has options, too. Look up Airbnb Experiences for inspo on excursions, including food tours, waterfall-accented hikes, and bar-hopping with a local. You’ll get a rare look at the city and have fun exploring something new with your closest friends and family.
What is a bachelorette party?
A bachelorette party is a celebration of the bride-to-be's upcoming marriage and their last experiences being single. While it's traditionally carried the stigma of a last fling of freedom it's become a beautiful capsule of quality time between the bride-to-be and their close friends and family.
Who plans the bachelorette party?
Usually the bachelorette party is planned by the maid of honor or the bridesmaids as a group. Sometimes immediate family members will take charge of the plans or the bride-to-be herself will take the reins. Whoever takes the responsibility should communicate with the rest of the group to ensure multiple parties aren't planned simultaneously.
Who gets invited to a bachelorette party?
The maid of honor and bridesmaids are always invited to the bachelorette party. Sometimes invitations are extended to close family members and friends who aren't directly a part of the bridal party. Guest list choices are always left to the bride-to-be regardless of who plans the bachelorette party.
Who pays for the bachelorette party?
If the bachelorette party is just a one night celebration, it's customary that everyone in attendance pays for their own share as well as their portion of the bride-to-be's expenses. The bride-to-be should not be paying for anything. If the events span over a weekend or longer, each person (including the bride-to-be) should pay for their own share of the expenses as if it were any other trip. For the key celebration (or big night out) during this timeframe, the previously mentioned rules apply where the bride-to-be covers none of the expenses incurred that night.
When should the bachelorette party take place?