Party on a Dime: How to Plan an Inexpensive Bachelorette Party
If it’s time to plan your best friend’s bachelorette party, but your budget is bare, don’t fret. There are plenty of ways to party hardy without breaking the bank. Hint: it’s in the planning.
Game night, not lame night
Have each member of the bridal party bring their favorite board game and a bottle of wine. A few of the most fun adult party games include:
If you have a mixed-age group, consider classics such as Twister, Apples to Apples, or Pictionary. Add pizza, popcorn, and pajamas and you can easily play the night away for less than the cost of a dinner out.
Have everyone dress up in their most pretentious outfits and host a cheese and wine reception. Make your own cheese plate using your favorite cheeses in a mix of both sweet and savory; check out this article for some ideas. Your local liquor store (or, depending on where you live, grocery store), can assist you in selecting inexpensive yet palate-pleasing libations. As for dressing up, don’t be afraid to try something new, whether it’s a smokey eye or eyelash extensions. The latter should be researched in advance, though, so that you end up buying an affordable brand that won’t hurt your real eyelashes. Read reviews and recommendations for brands based on your budget.
This one takes the cake
When you’re planning a bachelorette party that means one very important thing: at some point there’s going to be cake. Chances are, the bride isn’t really that interested in whether it’s a traditional buttercream or an edgy and contemporary combination of fruits and sugar. There are dozens of options, and most bakeries are happy to schedule a tasting of the most popular flavors. Call around and ask if they’re willing to host a tasting with their most popular flavors for your bridal party. Some home bakers may even be willing to come to you.
Gotta get away
If a destination celebration is an absolute prerequisite to enjoying the bridal party, consider a cruise. CruiseCritic.com Senior Editor Erica Silverstein explains that, while cruises may not be considered a budget vacation option, there are a number of inexpensive trips, starting at around $50 per night for a two-to-three-night Caribbean cruise. One of the primary benefits of taking a cruise is that food and entertainment are already included. Most lines also offer pre-purchased drinking and dining packages for less than half the price you spend on these items individually.
Planning the perfect party
s of what theme or scene you decide, planning ahead is paramount to getting the best prices. Book hotel rooms, cabins, and cruise accommodations months in advance. This will not only ensure early-booking discounts, but will also help you plan a detailed itinerary. If you’re staying in, you can DIY fun and festive bachelorette party decorations (here are some great ideas from Ultimate Bridesmaid).
When planning a weekend getaway to celebrate the bride, remind the single ladies in the group to take precautions to protect their home while they’re away. An unoccupied home or apartment is a much easier target for thieves, and the last thing anyone needs is to have their spirits dampened by a busted window when the party's over. At party time, take measures to ensure the group sticks together. Wear matching outfits and always go to the bathroom in pairs. One member of the bridal party should pledge to remain sober for the evening, even if you won’t be driving.
The party that isn’t
Regardless of budget, many brides simply aren’t interested in drinking and dancing the night away. In lieu of a traditional bachelorette party, consider a group exercise class, an old-fashioned sleepover, a wedding-themed scavenger hunt, or hosting a glamorous (or glamor-less) photo shoot.
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