9 Classy (And Affordable) Bachelorette Party Ideas For Every Type Of Bride

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Hearing the phrase “bachelorette party” probably conjures up some iconic visuals. You’re probably picturing a lot of neon-pink decorations, feather boas, high heels, and, um…penis-shaped objects. But, according to one study, only 12% of bachelorettes want that “traditional” experience. 88% of bachelorettes want to do something unique for their bash.

The other piece to the bachelorette puzzle is money. Weddings are a costly process, and if you’re attending (or throwing) a bachelorette party, you’re likely part of the bridal party as well. So, in addition to forking over some cash for the bachelorette bash, you’re also going to be paying for your dress, perhaps transportation, a gift, and a zillion other little expenses that come up at the last minute. Suddenly, a destination bachelorette party seems way less appealing.

Luckily, there are plenty of bachelorette party options that are affordable –- especially when split between a large group. Here are nine suggestions for bachelorette party activities for every type of bride (with no penis-shaped lollipops required.)

1. If the bride is an animal lover…

Go to a cat café! Cat cafés are becoming more and more popular throughout the U.S. While they’ve been around in Japan for over a decade, the trend is relatively new in America. The idea is relatively simple, but totally genius for cat-lovers: You go to the café, order a cup of coffee, and snuggle with adorable kitties for the afternoon! Some cat cafés request a flat entrance fee that allows you to visit with the cats for a certain amount of time. The best part about these cafés is that the cats are often adoptable. Here’s a map of all the cat cafés that exist in the U.S. at the moment.

2. If the bride knows all the words to “Semi-Charmed Life”…

Find a club that’s having a 90s night! Obviously, it will be a requirement to dress in the most 90s-looking outfits that you own –- luckily, tattoo choker necklaces and overalls are making a comeback. Before you leave, take a zillion pictures to show off your scruncies and side ponytails, and then dance the night away to all the NSync and Britney a girl could ask for.

3. If the bride loves watching The Food Network

Take a culinary class. Cooking classes (and cocktail classes) are becoming such a norm these days that practically every city and town has dozens to choose from. Websites like Groupon and Living Social often have deals for cooking classes in your area, and big culinary stores like Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma always have a rotation of different classes on the menu.

4. If the bride is a beast at trivia…

Create a game night. There are literally hundreds of Bachelorette party games available online. You don’t even need to leave your apartment to have a stellar game night. Instead of spending money on a destination or fancy dinner, go for some glitzy decorations and turn your living room into a trivia lounge.

5. If the bride is obsessed with those survival TV shows…

Try to “escape the room.” Escape games are quickly becoming prevalent throughout most major cities across the country. Basically, you are trapped in a room for 60 minutes and are forced to escape by solving puzzles, looking for clues, and relying on teamwork. This is especially a great activity for a group of friends who may not know each other very well –- by the end of the game, you’ll be bonded for life.

6. If the bride is outdoorsy…

Go camping! Renting a campground is one of the most affordable “travel” options that exists. If you divide and conquer the other costs (i.e. food, bug spray, firewood, etc.) you’ll find yourself with a super-affordable weekend of adventure, stargazing, and, of course, s’mores. Or, for a more hardcore trip down memory lane, check out one of the many adult summer camps around the country.

7. If the bride is counting the days until Fuller House Season 2

Have an old-school sleepover. Watch all of your favorite movies from middle school and high school (Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You are both mandatory viewing), pour over old yearbooks, and eat all the candy you can stomach. Make sure you also give one another makeovers and take a million pictures to document the whole thing.

8. If the bride never turns down a trip to Sephora…

Have a perfume party! Perfume parties are catching on as a trendy get-together activity. There are tons of companies online that will either come to your house or ship you your own DIY perfume bar. After ordering, you and your friends will be able to create your own signature scents. Check out some perfume party kits here!

9. If the bride loves being silly…

Go bowling in bridesmaid dresses! Most of us have a collection of bridesmaid dresses in the back of our closets that we fear we might never wear again. Bust ‘em out and wear them to the closest bowling alley. You’ll definitely get a lot of looks from the other patrons, but who cares? The photo op is worth it.

De is a New Yorker turned Bostonian and a lover of all things theatrical. In addition to writing, she is an actress/singer/dancer/teacher and owner of the fluffiest cat imaginable. She is on Twitter.

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  • Rosabella Alvarez-Calderon

    While these ideas are indeed lovely, isn’t it time we ditched the whole idea of stag/hens night? After all, a lot of people who get married today have already been “married” in a symbolic way for a long time – living together, long term relationships, the like. The hens night does not mark for most a significant before and after. However, there is a significant milestone that still changes people’s lives dramatically, whether single or married- childbirth! While a hen party is fun, wouldn’t it be more suitable to have a party to say farewell to the lovely period in your life before you become a parent, before you welcome the next stage?

    • chelster759

      Personally, I don’t feel the need to reserve parties, especially the cost-conscious ideas given here, for only major milestones marking a significant change in lifestyle. Sometimes it’s just fun to get together with your friends! Especially as somebody who probably will not have kids, I don’t see why you would need to trade one for the other. If you want to have a bachelorette-style party instead of, or in addition to, a baby shower, go for it! No need to bring “living in sin” into it.

      • Rosabella Alvarez-Calderon

        I think you misunderstood my original intention – I am not saying that we should not have parties (the more, the merrier!) and that having a smaller celebration with your friends before getting married is not awesome. What am I saying is that the whole significance and rituals associated with a stag/hen night has changed. Look at it, and the traditional rituals involved – the fact that it tends to be a girls-only party (dating from the time when women would only have female friends, when today women tend to have friends both male and female), the emphasis on sex and strippers, at least on “traditional” parties (dating to the time brides would be virgins, at least “officially”, so the wedding night would be the first time they would have sex), and the whole idea of being a hen/bachelorette (dating from the time when brides married young and your groom was likely your first real relationship). Today women tend to marry older, have at least a few relationships before they marry, marry someone who they have been dating for quite a while, maybe even someone they have already been living with, which means that many of the rituals associated with a hen party are already pointless, something that I think many brides now recognize and the post recognizes this – the fact that “hen nights” are fast changing their significance and becoming more about spending fun quality time with friends before oficially committing to marriage. Which is good – a sign that we are adapting the rituals of marriage and weddings to modern times. I just wanted to point that out.
        On the other hand, I never said “baby shower”, I specifically mentioned that it would be interesting for people about to become parents (either bu giving birth, or adopting) to mark the occasion with a specific celebration marking this milestone, a sort of fun last carefree hoorah to be celebrated with friends, to mark this very real transition which does significantly change relationships and help to welcome the next stage. Baby showers tend to focus on the baby (do adoptive parents get baby/kid showers, I wonder?), but I don’t see that people celebrate the transition between the before-a-parent and the after-a-parent stage, which is one of the most significant transitions as it affects not just the person becoming a parent, but also their friends and family. Even when you choose not to have children, I think it is a transition that should be acknowledged and even celebrated with a focus on the parent, not just on the baby

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