How does a one-of-a-kind bachelorette weekend escape sound? We enlisted an expert to help you plan it. Read on!
Destination bachelorette parties are still a big trend. Planning one for a bride you know? Founder of chic ladies-only travel site SeeJaneFly.com, Erica Dublin knows a thing or two about planning the ultimate ladies’ trip. She’s sharing a few tricks for traveling and partying in style. Listen up, maids of honor!
Keep Everyone in Mind
So what if the bride wants to go skydiving or partake in some other activity that may not be everyone’s cup of tea? Dublin recommends saving that idea for a more intimate girls’ getaway postwedding, and instead keep your bachelorette party plans centered on togetherness. Make sure your destination offers something for everyone. To keep the group happy, pick a place that’s easy to get to. “You don’t want to spend half the weekend getting to your destination, no matter how glam it sounds,” says Dublin.
Be Picky About Proximity
“Find a location that has everything you’ll need within walking distance,” recommends Dublin. Think: Las Vegas, San Francisco and Miami. Not where you had in mind? Unless you’re headed to a big resort, you may want to stick to places that have great nightlife, shopping and dining within a short drive or walk away. “Look up hip restaurants, shopping and affordable hotels to find a location that will bring all your party needs to your door.” Many companies offer custom travel guides to help you get going.
Go Deal Hunting
“A lot of hotels are starting to offer ladies-only getaway packages that provide upgrades, shopping passes, spa credits, free cocktails and more,” says Dublin. But even if the place you’re looking into doesn’t, the same tip applies to spa visits, limo services, cooking classes, etc. Vendors would much rather cater to your needs than lose the potential business altogether. And if you’re taking a road trip, consider bringing your own drinks, snacks and celebratory goodies to avoid pricey restaurants costs.
Dress (and Pack!) for the Occasion
This is a mini-vacation after all, which means part of the fun is looking and feeling your very best. Dublin suggests getting the girls together for a little pre-trip shopping excursion; stock up on cute party gear, cosmetics and other travel essentials. For a fitting favor idea, consider giving each girl a matching travel bag filled with the bride’s favorite travel-sized beauty goodies, and throw in a personalized luggage tag to make the gift one of a kind. Hand ’em over as you board the plane with an itinerary tucked inside.