You’ve been Super Bride for months now, planning your big day, delegating tasks to various friends and family members and not really slowing down to enjoy the process and excitement of your upcoming nuptials. That is why you deserve to let loose and celebrate your “freedom” before you tie the knot. You know what that means… BACHELORETTE PARTY TIME!
Recently, there has been a trend of full on bachelorette weekend celebrations. 2-3 days of debauchery and girl talk that will leave you wearing sunglasses in your cubicle on Monday morning.
This post is geared more towards those weekend-long celebrations, but can be used for a one-day rendezvous as well!
To start off, here are a few questions (and our answers) to get you started with the party planning!
1. Who is going to plan it? You can take this on yourself, or you can pass it on to your maid of honor of one of your bridesmaids. Ultimately, the entire group will have to agree on when, where, what you will be doing, but having one “go to” person will keep things organized and less stressful. Remember, this weekend is about de-stressing the stressed out bride-to-be!
2. When will the bachelorette party take place? It’s best to plan your bachelorette party long before the big day. Having it the day before of even the week before leaves you vulnerable to hangovers and exhaustion that can affect those most stressful final days and hours. One month before your wedding weekend gives you just enough time to detox your system and run off all the carbs you filled yourself with during the farewell brunch. Make sure that whoever the “planner” is reaches out to the attendees early on so that you can all check your schedules and work out a weekend that everyone, or most of you, can attend.
3. Where are you going to go? Are you ready to take a cross country trip to Vegas or Los Angeles? Perhaps you want to stay on the East Coast and visit New York or Miami? You could always stay southern and celebrate in Nashville, Savannah, or Charleston. There are countless locations to choose from, but you need to make sure you keep everyone involved in mind when making this decision because not everyone’s budgets can afford a cross-country caravan. Not that we have to tell you, but weddings are expensive! And if you can’t make the funds work to book a flight and hotel in your favorite city, then keep it local and have a No Fret Bachelorette! Also known as a Staycation, this option allows you to enjoy all of the excitement you could experience elsewhere while keeping your budget on track! If you’re a local bride, you can save money from not having to travel and be able to enjoy more of what Wilmington has to offer. And if you’re a destination bride, this is the perfect opportunity to remind yourself and your friends why you chose to get married in Wilmington!
We made things simple for you and compiled a list of Bachelorette-themed activities based in Wilmington and the surrounding beaches that will keep your weekend full of excitement and team building (yes, team building, because they are your team of besties and together you epitomize #squadgoals)
BACHELORETTE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:
Wine & Design Paint Class (Wine and Design)
Trolley Pub in the Historic Downtown District (Wilmington Trolley Pub) Private: $400 for a group of 8-14 people or Mixer: $30 per person
Paddle Boarding on the Intracoastal Waterway (Wrightsville SUP)
Yoga on the Beach (Salty Dog) as low as $85 for a group of 4-10 people
Spa Day (Kreashenz and Earthboound) Prices vary
Wine Tasting (Noni Baca Winery and Fortunate Glass)
Pole Dancing Class (Flow Fitness) as low as $35 per person
Cooking Classes (The Seasoned Gourmet) as low as $35 per person
Cruise the Intracoastal, Boat Rental (Nauti Times) as low as $275 for up to 14 people + $20/hour to have a Captain steer the ship!
Day at the Beach (Carolina or Wrightsville) FREE
The Basics – Historic Downtown Wilmington. Mango Mimosas and Crab Cake Benedict, need we say more?
The George – Historic Downtown Wilmington. Waterfront Dining, can’t go wrong there!
Boca Bay – Near Wrightsville Beach. Brunch Buffet that is a Wilmington staple
Our Crêpes and More – authentic french crêperie
BACHELORETTE’S NIGHT OUT:
Historic Downtown Wilmington – There is no shortage of entertainment in Downtown Wilmington. Here are a few of our faves:
Front Street Brewery – Brewery and Restaurant
The Husk – Billiards, Fire Pit, Indoor & Outdoor Bars
Level 5 – Rooftop Dance Club
Caprice – French Bistro with a Cozy Cocktail Bar
Blind Elephant – Modern Day Speak Easy
Wrightsville Beach – Hop on a Beach Cruiser and ride to the beach for a night of dancing and porch drinking! There are several restaurants and bars to choose from at Wrightsville Beach!Now, if you want to score some MAJOR Fiancée points, we’ve also put together a list of Wilmington-based activities for your man’s Bachelor Party Weekend that will keep him and his buddies entertained for days! Share these ideas with him and he will adore the fact that you took the time to make sure his celebration is just as special as yours!
BACHELOR WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:
Surf Lessons – $75 per person
Shooting Range – personal shooting lesson $65 per person
Brewery Tour – FREE tour and samples
Paintball – as low as $40 per person
Haunted Pub Crawl – $17.50 + tax per person
Jet Ski Rentals – as low as $45 per person
Tactical Laser Tag – as low as $32 per person
We hope that this was helpful in your planning for your Bachelorette Party! Y’all stay safe and HAVE FUN!