We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
While a fun night out with the girls before your wedding sounds like a blast, the modern bachelorette party can sometimes leave something to be desired. Many young women go to several a year, and the traditional plan (drinking on a party bus, rocking hats shaped like a certain part of the male anatomy) can get old after a while. Why not plan a fun, unique event filled with tons of pampering instead? If your bridesmaid duties involve planning the bachelorette party—or if you’re a bride who isn’t sure she wants to wear a banner and a tiara in public—here’s our advice for making it an experience everyone will love.
Think about the bride’s favorite things to do. While it might be going to see male strippers, our guess is that it’s something a bit more low-key. But if she has a hobby or passion she’s always trying to convince your group to do with her, now’s the time to go for it. Whether it’s going to a baseball game or taking a SoulCycle class, having all her friends try something she loves is a great starting point. (Yes, even if that means watching The Hobbit with her.) Then find a way to make it a bit more special—like getting great seats for a night game, or planning a surprise private workout class.
Think local. Expecting the bride and all her friends to head to Mexico together (plus making it to the shower and and the wedding itself) is a lot to ask. Instead, plan a fun night closer to home. Start checking Groupon and Living Social for fun things to do in the bride’s city, and keep an eye out for new business openings. (You don’t have to actually buy any deals; just make a note of anything that sounds fun for future reference.) A group cooking class or wine tasting can be an absolute blast with girlfriends. Bonus: if you want to invite the mother of the bride or groom, you won’t have to worry that the entertainment could lead to any awkward moments.
You can’t go wrong with a pampering party. Connect with a local salon and arrange to have a private party there, or host everyone at your house and bring in a masseuse and a couple professionals to do mani-pedis. Or have stylists from one of the new blow-dry bars in your city give everyone blowouts before heading to your final destination. Feeling gorgeous and confident will definitely lead to a good time.
Go all out with food and drinks. With the wedding still a few weeks out, now is the time to indulge in amazing food and cocktails without having to worry about bloating or dehydration. Whether you decide to hit a restaurant, have it catered, or cook the food yourself, this is where to splurge. Bonding over drinks and yummy snacks is a guaranteed good time.
Plan ahead so you get great pics. The bride will want to remember everything that happened at this kind of a party, and the iPhone selfie doesn’t always cut it. Instead, borrow or rent a nice DSLR camera or hit up that cousin who’s planning to start her own photography business soon and ask her to drop in for an hour or two. The bride will love having some nice pictures of herself and all her friends having a blast together.
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