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Tips for Throwing a Fun and Budget-Friendly Bachelorette Party

11 September 2017
by Aimee Lyons

Tips for Throwing a Fun and Budget-Friendly Bachelorette Party

Weddings are expensive, and that doesn’t just pertain to those who are hosting one; attending a wedding can get pricey, especially if you are a member of the bridal party. From the shoes to the dress to travel expenses, the bill adds up. If you’re part of the bachelorette party planning committee, you can ensure the bride-to- be has an amazing experience while making sure attendees don’t have to worry about overspending by following some helpful tips for throwing a budget-friendly bachelorette party.
Tips for Throwing a Fun and Budget-Friendly Bachelorette Party
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Go Digital

Start saving with the invitations. While paper invitations are popular, digital invites are less expensive but still attractive. As a bonus, they’re also immensely more eco-friendly. Many sites have customizable options that look very similar to the paper versions, and they make it a breeze to keep track of the RSVP list. Some sites even offer free invites.

DIY When You Can

Having all of the bachelorette party attendees wear something that matches seems to be all the rage at the moment. You can spend a chunk of change on pre-made items, or you can save by DIYing sashes or crowns for everyone to wear. The guest of honor’s item can say “Bride-to- Be” or “Bachelorette,” while the other guests’ sashes say “Bridesmaid” or something catchy like “Bridal Tribe.” You can also DIY the decorations to save even more money.

Keep it low-key

Starting the festivities at home or in the hotel room is another way to save. By serving appetizers and cocktails before you head out, you’ll spend less on food and drinks at restaurants and bars, where the prices are higher. “It’s also a great way to ‘warm up’ and allow everyone to get to know each other before the fun begins,” says Advice from a 20 Something. Include some introductory activities to break the ice and get the conversation started.

Flip the script

Going out for dinner at a restaurant or spending the night at a club can be costly. Instead, opt for low-budget or free activities. Sing the night away at a karaoke bar, or learn a new recipe at a cooking class. Let the bride-to- be show off her moves at a dance studio, or let everyone out their artistic abilities at an art studio. Get outdoorsy on a camping trip, or solve the puzzle of an escape room. You can even have a sleepover, host a game night, go bowling, or play paintball. Many activities are more budget-friendly and memorable than a dinner-and-club night.

When it’s a sober party

Skipping the clubs and bars is necessary when you’re throwing a bachelorette party for a bride-to-be in addiction recovery. Ask her directly if she is comfortable being around alcohol or other substances, and if she says no, make it clear to guests that alcohol and other substances aren’t welcome. Avoid inviting anyone who isn’t supportive or who may pressure people to drink or use drugs. If alcohol is permitted, be sure to invite a few sober friends so the bride-to-be is not the only person abstaining. Avoid serving nonalcoholic beer or beverages that attempt to mimic the real thing. Alternatively, serve fun nonalcoholic party drinks. One great way to take the focus off drinking is to zero in on the food by serving creative and delicious dips and party snacks.
The intent of the bachelorette party is to give the bride-to- be and her friends an opportunity to celebrate the upcoming marriage. That doesn’t mean you have to spend an extravagant amount of money on a trip to Vegas or on a swanky hotel room; nor does it mean you have to spend the night taking shots. Put the emphasis on creating an enjoyable and memorable night spent with friends, and you can successfully throw a fun and budget-friendly bachelorette party.
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