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When you’re in a wedding, the cost of paying for the dress, shoes, hair, makeup, travel, and bridal shower gift can add up. While an exact figure on how much it costs to be in a wedding party is lacking, $1,500 is usually cited as an average. The bachelorette party is a way for the bride and her friends to relax and have fun before the big day, but bridesmaids may worry it’s another expense to add to their bill. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the bride’s upcoming nuptials without breaking the bank.
Traveling can make the total cost of the bachelorette party rapidly increase, and a night out on the town can be costly too. Consider ways to celebrate from the comfort of home to keep the bill low. How you spend the night will depend on the bride’s style and wants.
You can spend the evening enjoying at-home facials and watching old movies, or you can relax by candlelight, sharing stories and enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres. Hosting a wine tasting is a great idea. Everyone can bring a bottle of wine, and for a fun twist, place the bottles in a brown bag and have everyone vote on which one they like best. Pair the wine with simple-to-make snacks and desserts.
If the bride is more nostalgic, have a slumber party. Serve her favorite snacks and watch her favorite “girlfriend” movies. Serve some fun drinks with a twist, including spiked cherry limeade or alcoholic root beer floats.
A night out on the town can be budget-friendly as well. Spend the morning shopping for lingerie for the bride and wrap things up with lunch. If you’re feeling crafty, attend a pottery class where everyone paints their own pieces. You can also attend a floral arrangement class or a cooking class.
If you live near a winery or brewery, go for a tour and tasting. Some cities have multiple wineries or breweries, so you can squeeze a few into your day. Typically, tours are inexpensive or free and include samples. Eat lunch before or grab dinner afterward. Another idea is to attend a concert or musical in your city.
For the more adventurous or fitness-focused bride, think of physical activities for the group. Head to a putt-putt course for a game of mini-golf or enjoy a few rounds of bowling. Most places have a private room you can book to enjoy a few private party games and cake. Check your city for group classes, such as aerial yoga, pole fitness, or a burlesque dance class.
Being on a budget doesn’t mean travelling is out of the question – you just have to scale down your travelling. Many cities are located within a few hours of a winery or distillery. See if someone has a van or SUV, and everyone can carpool. Most wineries have a picnic area, so pack a lunch to enjoy while you’re there.
If the bride has her heart set on spending the bachelorette party in a different city, you can pull it off by planning ahead. For starters, avoid a holiday weekend. Sites like Airbnb have houses and apartments you can rent that are typically less expensive than a hotel. You can also find one that includes a kitchen so you can eliminate the costs of eating out for every meal.
Find a way to split the cost of the trip between the other bridesmaids. You can ask for cash or use an app such as Venmo. Don’t forget to shop for deals on sites like Groupon, and make sure all of the bridesmaids and the bride have taken care of home security before heading out of town.
Staying on a budget doesn’t mean the bachelorette party fun will suffer. There are plenty of ways for the bride and her friends to unwind and let loose without spending a fortune. Whether you stay at home and go all out or cleverly plan an economical short trip, the point is to celebrate the bride and appreciate each other’s company, which you’re sure to accomplish.
Author: Aimee Lyons (DIYDarlin.com)
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