The last fling before the ring can be especially enticing when you and your girlfriends hop on a plane and celebrate somewhere new. Destination bachelorette parties provide the ultimate send off to singlehood for the bride and her friends. However, making sure these trips go off without a hitch isn’t always a piece of cake. Luckily for bachelorettes, we formed the ultimate guide to researching and planning the best bachelorette party trip.
Determine What Kind of Trip the Bride and Group Wants
First and foremost, you have to figure out where to go. Those in charge of planning the trip should consult with the group and bride in order to find out what kind of getaway everyone has in mind. An active bachelorette trip is more suited for outdoorsy places like Denver or Salt Lake City. Spa and wine lovers will find more up their alley in states like California or Washington. If a shopping trip is preferred, New York will do just fine. Beach vacations are suited for Mexico, the Caribbean and the coasts. Think about the activities you want to do and that should frame what destinations will work for your interests.
Select a Destination That Everyone Can Reach without Declaring Bankruptcy
Sure, a bachelorette party in the Amalfi Coast sounds like a dream, but this location could bankrupt a few of your bridesmaids. Once you figure out what you want to do on your bachelorette trip, examine the possible destinations. Keep in mind where your group will be flying to and from when selecting a destination. Are flights reasonable and frequent with appealing timetables? For example, if you pick a beach trip on the East Coast to Myrtle Beach, you are selecting a spot that’s hard for those on the West Coast to reach. If you go more central, you can expect more of your friends to be able to join you. You don’t want your bridesmaids and family spending half the weekend trying to get to the party (and their whole paycheck, too).
When Researching Your Destination Make Sure It’s Bachelorette Friendly
Bachelorette parties call for destinations that are well-rounded have plenty to do. A place without a single restaurant, bar, music venue, spa or more than one thing to do might lose it’s appeal after a few hours. Major cities are always a home run as there is plenty to do and it’s generally easy to get there. For example, selecting a city like San Francisco will yield loads of restaurants, music venues and also nearby attractions like vineyards and the beach. Before you commit to a destination, see if there are tours that will interest the whole group and enough activities to keep everyone happy.
Respect When a Bachelorette Can’t Attend
It is no secret that weddings are expensive — including for guests. Your bachelorettes are probably already paying to get to your wedding, for a gift and to adorn that lovely shade of salmon bridesmaid dress. Add in the cost of a destination bachelorette trip and your BFF is already deep in the hole financially. Respect if someone can’t attend due to work, cost or schedule. Don’t try to twist their arm into going. Smaller groups, from a travel standpoint, can be easier to manage.
Seek out Group Discounts and Accommodations That Make Sense
From hotels to flights, you can always ask if there is a group discount. Not only can a group discount help make it possible for some girlfriends to attend, but it can make the trip more affordable for everyone, especially if you are fronting the bride’s bill. For accommodations, a vacation rental or separate house might be more affordable than booking several hotel rooms. At the same time, a smaller bachelorette party might be more affordable by booking a hotel suite. Be sure you look out for easy ways to save when researching, booking and planning the bachelorette party so that everyone can have a good time and not be preoccupied with costs.
Have you planned a destination bachelorette party? Share your tips for planning and researching the ultimate sendoff for the bride!