First, set up a budget
Before booking hotel rooms or planning an expensive weekend getaway, communicate with the guests to get a sense of how much each girl is comfortable with spending on the party. Anonymous surveys (check out Google Forms) are a great way to go about this because it will allow everyone to be able to be honest without feeling like a Debbie Downer. Give the gals activity options that correspond with each budget range so they have an idea of what they’re signing up for.
Keep it local
If most of the attendees live in the same town, plan the party at a location nearby. Not only will this help save money on transportation fees but it will also make it easier to co-ordinate. Some fun ideas for a neighbourhood rendezvous are bar crawls, beer or wine tasting, tapas at a new restaurant or sundowners followed by a night out on the town.
You will already be an expert on the best deals and hip spots, but doing some research will definitely be helpful to allow you to discover all the secret deals you may not know about yet! Another plus of having the party nearby is that you can get feedback from the other guests who also live there and brainstorm ideas with them. A bonus is that if things get a bit out of hand – you’re not that far from home.
The great outdoors
There are many outdoor adventures that don’t cost a penny and are great ideas for a bachelorette bash! Camping, hiking, picnicking, or organizing a beach day are cheap thrills that could be a fantastic bonding experience. Just be aware of your audience: make sure the guests (and bride, of course!) are not opposed to getting their hands a little dirty. If everyone’s adventure-ready, an outdoor excursion can be a great break from wedding planning for the bride to get some fresh air!
Make sure you pack in a camera because these adventures make for great photo ops, too!
Get your game on
You cannot have a bachelorette party without a great lineup of games!
We think that a celebration of the bride-to-be is not complete without some party-starting games on the night’s agenda. You can get super creative and plan a scavenger hunt, play some good old board games. These are a great way to fill extra time and break the ice between all the guests, while costing close to nothing. Games are also a fantastic accompaniment to cocktail hour and a wonderful way to relax and unwind during wedding planning.
Another great add on is some entertainment – think along the lines of a caricaturist to create ridiculously hilarious portraits of your girls! We’d definitely recommend Martinus van Tee Illustration!
Keep it short and sweet
Instead of planning a whole weekend of festivities, keep it to one night! Let’s be real – an entire weekend dedicated to the bachelorette party can be a little exhausting and might feel drawn out to some. A smart idea is to organize one fun-filled day that will keep everyone entertained and surely be kind to your budget.
A night in with the girls
It’s still a night with the girls, just indoors. If you are looking to really cut the costs of the party, regardless if you have the event near home or at a destination, having a fun night in is a great way to save some money. Get creative and organize an at-home wine tasting night, play entertaining bachelorette party games, or plan an old school spa night slumber party with plenty of classic chick flicks!
Staying in can even be more fun than a night out on the town because you will be spending quality time together laughing and sharing memories. If you need more space or want a change of pace, you can plan a getaway and book a cabin or rental home. This way, you can still get the appeal of vacation without having to scramble to find out what to do in a foreign city.
This is also a great option if, by chance, the girls aren’t all from the same area, you can find a midpoint that is convenient for everyone. You can save a good chunk of money this way, (think of all the expensive drinks and meals you don’t have to worry about) which allows you to plan something extra fun for the night in!
Just the bare necessities
Yes, buying matching t-shirts and personalized martini glasses for all the girls may seem fun, but if your budget doesn’t allow it, that’s okay.
Skip unnecessary bachelorette party novelties and spend the money on pitching in on a group gift that the bride will really love. Stick to the essential bachelorette bash decorations and spend more money on activities, gifts, or a nice place to spend the evening – which is what really matters!
DIY for the win
When you can, DIY instead of booking a reservation for dinner at a fancy restaurant – put together a fun pizza-making party or cook up some Pinterest-inspired appetisers. The bride will enjoy it especially if you make her favourite meal or snack!
If you’re pressed for time, this is a great option because you can easily get all the gals in one place without worrying about transportation (which is a bonus when wine is included). Combine the pizza party with games night and you will all have a blast!