Creative Bachelorette Party IdeasCreative Bachelorette Party Ideas

Is your idea of the perfect night going from one bar to the next wearing a cheap veil while a gaggle of drunken bridesmaids try to get strange men to do belly shots off your tummy? Not so much? Well, spending time with your bridesmaids does not have to mean a bar crawl or a trip to Chippendale's. Take a look at these creative bachelorette party ideas, from elegant to outdoorsy to fun.

When the bride chooses her bridesmaid gifts, she tries to carefully think about the tastes and lifestyles of her friends. The same should be true of the bridesmaids when putting together a bachelorette party. Just as not all bridesmaid gifts have to be the same for every wedding, nor does every bachelorette outing have to be centered around alcohol and naked guys (unless, of course, that's what the bride wants!). Use the bride's interests as your inspiration when planning a girls' get-together for her. This list of suggestions can be a great place to start:

Art Museum: Did you meet the bride at an art history class in college? Is checking out gallery openings one of her favorite ways to spend the weekend? Then a trip to an art museum could be a perfect idea for the bachelorette party. Get the group together for a private guided tour of a museum and finish with an elegant lunch at the museum cafe or nearby bistro. If you don't happen to live near any major museums, consider making this part of a weekend trip for the bridal party to the nearest art-filled big city.

Private Yoga Lesson or Golf Clinic: Does the bride-to-be need a set of sun salutations to get her morning started? Or maybe her dream is to be good enough to hit the links each Saturday with her future husband. Private lessons for the bridesmaid group could be just the thing for a bachelorette party alternative. Setting up a special yoga session can be done through the bride's favorite yoga studio (bonus points for surprising her by booking her favorite instructor). A weekend golf clinic would make a fantastic weekend trip for the wedding party. There are special golf programs for women at scenic locations around the country, including Sedona, AZ, Palm Springs, CA, and Myrtle Beach, SC.

Slumber Party: If you are looking for a fun way to get all the bridesmaids and bride together without spending a lot of money, have an old-fashioned slumber party. Make it like the ones you had in junior high; rent your favorite movies from that time, load your ipod with the hits from back then, and serve up plenty of pizza and soda (a few bottles of wine will add a grown up touch to the party). If you really want to recreate the junior high slumber party for the bachelorette, play a few rounds of "Truth or Dare", find out once and for all if "light as a feather, stiff as a board" really does work, and stay up until dawn sharing secrets and laughs. Finish it off with a trip to a diner for brunch the next morning.

Camping: Maybe the bride is a naturalist whose idea of a great time is getting back to nature. If so, a camping trip with the girls might be her perfect bachelorette event. Of course everyone's idea of "roughing it" is different, so be sure to take her preferred style of camping into account, whether it is a tent on the ground or a deluxe pop-up camper. A couple of nights out in the woods, toasting marshmallows under the stars could be a fantastic way to melt away the wedding planning stress and bond with friends.
by Bridget Mora
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Bridget Mora writes for Silverland Jewelry about weddings, fashion, and society. You will love the selection of bridesmaid gifts at http://silverlandjewelry.com/. We offer free shipping on all jewelry orders over $99.
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