The countdown has officially begun for my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law to walk down the aisle! Their wedding isn’t until November but I have the honor of planning the bachelorette party, along with the other bridesmaids! After planning my own wedding, I now realize just how many choices a bride has to make. It’s overwhelming, especially if you are someone who doesn’t completely know what she wants and can see the possibilities in all options (hint: that was me!) – which can be quite exhausting for the bride, and probably for most people around her. As I started thinking about ideas to run by Madeline, I wanted to keep things rather broad to get a general idea of what she would or wouldn’t like. Knowing that Mads isn’t the type of girl to “go hog wild” on a night out, I steered clear of anything to do with some of the more stereotypical, tacky bachelorette ideas and went for something a bit more tasteful. I started by asking her what type of atmosphere or feeling she would want for the party. She decided on “fun and chill”, but would like to avoid any place that is too clubby. We also ruled out a destination party like Vegas or Nashville since most of the wedding guests will be flying in for the big day and Mads wasn’t comfortable asking people to make a trip twice. Here are a few of the alternative options we came up with:
- Go “glamping” at a near by state park, or heck, in someone’s backyard!
- Wine tasting weekend – visit New Buffalo, MI where we take our annual wine trip or host an in-home wine tasting party through organizations like Wines For Humanity
- Go to a comedy club (The Second City anyone?)
- Go to a BYOB painting class
- Host a spa day by either going to a salon or having the services come to your house
- Have a picnic at the dunes (the Indiana dunes aren’t too far from us)
- Go shopping downtown on the Magnificent Mile
We are most likely going to combine a few of these options into an ultimate bachelorette party weekend. Can’t wait! Do you have any other “alternative” bachelorette ideas? I’d love to hear’em!