If you're looking for out-of-the-box bachelorette party ideas, we've got a list of themes you might not have thought of! Make it a night the bride and her besties will never forget with a fun-filled fête that strays from the ordinary. Sure, clubbing in Las Vegas and tipsy traipsing through New Orleans are great, but they've been done. Read on for ten bachelorette party ideas you haven't heard of.
Of course, we're planning on having some tipsy fun at our parties or getaways. But it doesn't have to be the whole plan. In Santa Barbara, there's an Eat This, Shoot That tour that is perfect for bachelorette parties, with options of touring and tasting your way around the Funk Zone's hip eateries OR tasting and exploring the Santa Barbara Wine Collective, all while learning photography/Instagram tips from a professional photographer.
Club Getaway, based in Kent, Connecticut (about two hours outside of New York City), would make an amazing destination for a bridal party looking for pre-wedding fun. On weekends, this adults-only camp let you act like a kid, but with booze and grownup fun, with games like beer pong and camp fires. There's also great food and adventures. If you can't make it to Connecticut, Camp No Counselors is an all-inclusive experience including lodging, meals, and an open bar. It began with only one location in New York, but the camps now span 16 cities across the United States and Canada with 40 camp dates to choose from, May through October.
So many parties are limited to crowded bars or lounges. Give yourself a chance to have fun in the open sea. "If you live in an area near the water, a fun idea is to charter a small sailboat or yacht for the day—you can call it, 'The Last Sail Before The Veil,' " says James Berglie of Be Photography. "It's a great way to get out on the water, get a little sun, and do something different than your traditional night of clubbing."
But pick one with some eye candy! In Virginia, distilleries are hot—from whisky to moonshine—and so are the distillers. Check out the boys behind Belle Isle Moonshine; plus they have great cocktails. Or, go to 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 female-led urban destination distillery, opened recently in San Diego. The space is perfect for ladies to come by for a distillery tour (like a mini distilling 101 class!), followed by a tasting of the company's flagship gin and vodka. In addition, you can try a few of their tasty cocktails, like the Little Bunny Foo Foo (Sunday Gin, green bell pepper, basil, lime, honey, salt, and olive oil) or Daddy Don't Make Dinner (Y&Y Vodka, blackberries, lemon, honey, Topo Chico). Best yet, because of new legislation in California, the bridal party can leave with a bottle of the distillery's gin or vodka for them to bring home and make their own cocktails.
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 also an amazing human experience. We'll let this one speak for itself.
If you want to get your creative juices flowing, but want a tamer option than sketching the human form, try a bachelorette paint party. There's no telling what you can paint when you have a glass of wine and a blank canvas. Bonus: You'll all be able to take home beautiful artwork to commemorate the evening.
While a booze-filled bachelorette-party weekend with girlfriends 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 bridesmaids.
"Brides want to look and feel their best for their wedding—and a spa destination is the perfect way to do that. Everyone will be well rested, healthier, and more radiant after a wellness weekend—not to mention it’s a great bonding experience for girlfriends," says Cindy Present, fitness and activities director at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas.
“We have noticed that brides are looking to make lasting memories while minimizing the stress that often comes along with the process. As women become more in tune with healthier lifestyle choices, they are looking beyond traditional bachelorette parties and finding ways to restore and rejuvenate mind, body, and soul leading up to the big day,” says Donna Jacobs, life-management practitioner at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts.
For a future Mrs. who loves yoga, there's nothing more exciting than being able to practice with her best friends. Grab your mats, leggings and matching bride tribe shirts and help her 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.
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 girls and get to cheers-ing with tiny teacups, delectable scones and finger sandwiches. When it comes to classy bachelorette party ideas, you can't beat this one.
Have an Under the Tuscan Sun type moment and rent a villa in Tuscany, like one of these at Castelfalfi (they even make their own wine and olive oil on the estate!). Instead of competing against other bachelorette groups at hotels, girlfriends are guaranteed to have a place to call their own, decorate, and relax in. Other great spots to consider include Cartagena and a pink Barbie-esque home in London (talk about nontraditional bachelorette party ideas!).
Whether it's traditional camping or cushy glamping, you can commune with nature for an unforgettable bachelorette party with hiking, fishing, swimming, campfires and s'mores!