Are you planning a bachelorette for a very special bride to be? Not really sure what or how to go about it?? Recently two of my besties got married which means double bachelorettes, and double the planning, and double the trouble. Since we are all friends we really wanted to make sure the days were special to their respective bride, as well as fun and different for those who would be attending both.
Due to a high demand from all of y’all below I’m sharing our individual itineraries (I planned two back to back) as well as some individual tips for planning a bachelorette as well.
Before you get into the nitty gritty of planning the first thing I would suggest is to pick a date, and then get a feel for numbers. Your brides will give you a list of people to invite, but you should account for about 1/3 of that list not being about to make it.
You can’t really plan anything until you know how many are attending. If you’re working with a big crowd it really changes and limits a lot of the things you can do. It’s definitely something to consider and something to do early so you can get everything booked.
SAMPLE BACHELORETTE ITINERARIES
| SPA DAY ITINERARY |
Got a girlie girl on your hands?? OR a crew of overworked girls? Arranging for spa services is a great low-key way to spend a bachelorette. There’s a few spots in the city to consider, and it really depends on what you’re looking for or how many you need to accommodate, but some of my favorites are Remedy & Ten Spot (both of which are also licensed).
CHECK INTO HOTEL / DROP OFF STUFF |
It’s so important/helpful to have home base. A home base that no one needs to clean prior to or after, everyone is so busy and we really didn’t want anyone to have to wear that responsibility). And if you’re worried about price just remember that if a few of you split the cost it’s really not that bad. You also can consider an Air bnb or cottage rental because typically they can accommodate more guests at one time making it much cheaper!
1 – 3:15 – SPA AFTERNOON |
Able to accommodate 4 at a time for mani/pedi or facial, I worked with Remedy spa to curate a schedule to help ensure we were on time for next activity. They were extremely prompt with responding to emails it really made the booking very straight forward, and considering we had a group of about 16 it was commendable.
Options for manicure, pedicure, or self-serve facial. We organized all the girls into groups, so it was pretty seamless once we got going; although it is important to note that it was slightly more pricey to accommodate our bigger group, but we also had the place to ourselves so it’s up to you what vibe you’re after.
Cocktails are available for purchase at Remedy, as well if your bride has any special requests they will also bring items in for you. We brought sandwiches to ensure everyone was well fed.
**If you’re short on time, or have a bigger group another option is The Ten Spot which can service more people at a time, but they don’t offer shellac so definitely remind your party to bring flip-flops!! They also are now licensed so you can have a mimosa and a mani if you so choose.
3:00 – WEDDING MAKEUP TRIAL |
The bride cleverly used her makeup trial as an opportunity to also be dolled up for her bachelorette (if you can make this happen it’s definitely a great idea). You’re going to do a wedding trial anyways you might as well have somewhere to go afterwards. We loved the look Selena created for Allie it really just set a tone for what to expect for her wedding day and really just made all of us so excited for the big day! Book with Selena here.
5:45 pm – DINNER AT BICYCLE THIEF |
MAKE A RESERVATION. I looked into private spaces for our bachelorettes and the cost just didn’t make sense for our numbers as well as how long we’d be dining with the resto. Make a reservation and you’ll find out which restaurants can accommodate you (not all can). While dinner started a little early we did have a big group, and we wanted to ensure there wasn’t too big of gap between meals especially when people are drinking. Dinner at Bicycle Thief was extremely lovely, and serviced us very fast and the food was great! They also helped me arrange for taxi’s while everyone was eating, so all I needed to do was give the host a nod when things were wrapping up so she could called the taxi, and it was ready for us immediately to take us to the next activity. It was perfect and so so seamless.
8:30 – 10:30 PROPELLER BEER TASTING |
Propeller Tasting Room is available to rent if you want to be private, or you can simply book a table! It’s a great opportunity to do games, and pre-drink before heading out somewhere downtown. We loved this experience we even did a little brewery tour, and even tried their new Stone Fruit beer (it was delicious).
DANCING / LIVE MUSIC AT ALEHOUSE
Being one of the brides old work places, and a frequent spot during our college years we couldn’t think of any better place to spend the last leg of the bachelorette than the Alehouse. It definitely was a night to remember.
PIZZA CORNER PIT STOP
Because we ate dinner so early, and we danced our butts off, we were totally ready for a slice of pizza (or garlic fingers for most of us) so we popped down to pizza corner, and continued our dance party at Pizza Girls lol
RETURN TO HOTEL
We won’t talk about the hour in which we rolled into our hotel room, but having one spot we were all staying really made things easy, and the Hilton couldn’t have been a better location.
BRUNCH @ 11:30 – Bistro by Liz
MAKE A RESERVATION. Bistro by Liz is such a cute spot and they are great to accommodate groups. For groups over ten just be mindful that Bistro By Liz creates a special menu to ensure seamless service for 10+ guests, so no eggs benny sadly for groups of 10 and over. We had a great experience tho and they did have lots of options. Also Bistro by Liz offers a complimentary Caeser or Mimosa with your meal which after a night of drinks one might need a “hair of the dog” (or two).
11:00 Tour & Tasting – $15 per person
12:00 Lunch (full menu) – at your discretion
Depart Wolfville – come back to the city
Our bride really wanted to visit Lightfoot & Wolfville and L&W only, so we didn’t do the bus tour, but I’ve done it before and it’s a lot of fun, and it’s great because you don’t need to make arrangements for drives. Lightfoot and Wolfville was also very cost friendly we opted for the tasting and tour for $15 and then ordered lunch from their regular menu. For bachelorettes it’s always good to give people the options to figure out what they want to spend (it adds up quick). L&W was great because I didn’t need to prepay anything or collect money from everyone (made my life easier) and everyone just paid when they got there.
If you’re simply visiting one winery and not opting for a bus tour you will need to arrange transport for those who are drinking. I did find a party bus, that you can rent and you can dance on the bus, he said he would even stop to take photos for you, and the best part is you’re on your own terms. If you have a larger group than we did I’d HIGHLY recommend this service, the man I spoke to on the phone was LOVELY from Prestige Limo.
| DINNER @ EAST OF GRAFTON | @ 6:00
Order from the menu, and enjoy a cocktail or two. We loved East of Grafton, we had a huge harvest table to ourselves that’s kind of out of the way from the rest of the restaurant which I’m sure the other customers appreciated lol. I also got to see my cousin Norman (he’s the sous chef at East of Grafton!!) hey Norm, my friends said your burger was the best they’ve had in the city!! Yay!! Thanks so much for a super delish meal!!
| PRE DRINKS & DRESS UP IN COSTUMES 8:00
| DANCING @ 10 | RETRO NIGHT AT THE SEAHORSE
In true dancer fashion we dressed up in our craziest costumes (think Halloween) and made our way over to the Seahorse with all our ridiculousness and show off our best costumes! Because the bride to be LOVES any excuse to wear a costume we encouraged everyone to feel free to have fun with it, and wear something they’ve never worn before ♥ ♥
IF YOU DON’T WANT TO GO OUT DOWNTOWN AT ALL
I can understand not wanting to go out downtown, I mean no one wants to bump into a coworker while on a bacheleorette. If this is the case you might want to consider booking a cottage or an Air BnB outside the city, and setting up camp for the weekend. Booking a cottage makes things super easy because you’re not moving around so much. Be sure to google things in the area to see if there’s anything you want to check out, and be sure to schedule some activities because it could get a little boring if you’re cooped up in a cabin all day, so whether you arrange to go swimming, out for brunch or dinner, hit up a local yoga class etc find something that’s tailored to your bride and things she likes to do. I know I a lot of people who’ve done bachelorettes in Hubbard’s, and then mad their way to Shore Club. There’s a lot of cottages in the area, Anchorage comes to mind as well as some beautiful air bnbs.
If you all work together it’s really not that bad, and you’ll have so much fun that you’ll want to do it all over again the next weekend.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF A THEME
For Allie’s Bachelorette we all wore black skirts, and I had bride squad shirts costume made, and Allie was in white. For Kerri we did a garden party them for the winery tour. There’s something to be said about unifying everyone. And it’s also just a fun excuse to be silly or wear things you wouldn’t likely were on your own like flower crowns, fasinators etc.
WHAT EVER YOU DO MAKE SURE YOU CUSTOMIZE THE DAY TO YOUR BRIDE |
On that topic if I can offer any advice it’s to customize the day for your bride, forget as much as possible other people opinions because trust me they will have them. What’s important is your bride, and that your bride is happy. Trust your instincts and try to plan as much as you can for the day to ensure no big hiccups, and just remember your bride. If you bride wants things to be classy don’t go buy a penis pinata, and if you’re bride wants games plans some (not too many) we a lot of success with the panty game it’s pretty funny. Everyone brings underwear for the bride and she has to guess who brought them, we turned the game into a drinking game at propeller and made for some pretty funny conversations lol and the bride gets a bunch of new underwear (granny panties and all).
CONSIDER THOSE ATTENDING AND HOW MUCH THEY ARE SPENDING
One of your biggest obstacles will be money, and getting people to agree to spend it. I really tried to be mindful that the people attending didn’t want to be spending a bazillion dollars, but I still wanted to make sure it was fun! There are definitely ways to cut costs, but also at the end of the day try to keep spirits up and get everyone excited. Just remind everyone that you hope that they only do this once, and you want to make sure it’s special for the bride and they are getting a fun experience in the process too.
There are some things that are definitely worth the cost to keep everyone together, and I would say that’s either a hotel or a cottage, and then of course food and transportation. Food and transport will set you back the most, but feel free to remind those attending they can bring their own drinks and food to the hotel, and then while out for dinner sharing appetizers is a great way to feel included without spending so much.
Just make sure you’re having an open dialogue with everyone and making sure everyone is hanging in okay. I found making a Facebook event very helpful (I’m sure everyone was annoyed with my copious messages, but it was great to have one spot with all the details 🙂 Even if people don’t always read them. haha
Hope you found this post helpful, and if you have any other questions please let me know.
FEEL FREE TO TAKE IDEAS FROM THIS POST AND OF COURSE MAKE THEM YOUR OWN TO SUIT YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR BRIDE TO BE ! <3