Just because it’s your last hurrah as a (sort of) single gal, you don’t have to hang with a sexy “fireman” or sultry “police officer” in a strip club. Not everyone wants a Magic Mike lookalike to appear at their bachelorette party, and that’s totally normal. If it isn’t your thing, you have plenty of other fun options where you can put those dollar bills to good use. The weekend is supposed to be about you and your girls hanging out and celebrating your upcoming nuptials, not doing something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Read on for five alternative bachelorette activities that don’t involve strip clubs.
1. Go brunching and shopping. Start the day with brunch and then head to the mall (maybe that big, fancy one a few towns over) or to your favorite block of stores for some shopping. Have friends help you pick outfits for your honeymoon or for life as a newlywed. If you’re a vintage-loving bride, take a morning trip to the flea market or antique store. Give each guest $15 and have them try to find the best vintage item for the guest of honor, then finish off your treasure hunt with lunch.
2. Have a staycation. If you’re looking to have a relaxing weekend without leaving home, plan a staycation with your girls. Have a sleepover at your place, middle-school style (but with booze). Provide sweets, snacks and nail polish for all the attendees. For an extra-special touch, bring in a hair stylist to teach everyone on-trend braids, or a manicurist who specializes in nail art! Order yummy takeout and don’t forget the board games and chick flicks!
3. Pair a fitness class with post-workout pampering. For the fitness-loving bride, plan to attend a barre or spin class with your girls. Grab something to eat after at that farm-to-table spot you’ve been wanting to try, and then head over to your local spa for manis, pedis and facials.
4. Learn a new skill. Whether you’re interested in learning to cook or you want to test your artistic ability over a glass of wine, taking a class is the perfect party plan. You’ll have so much fun learning a new skill, and it’s an inexpensive way to spend the day together. If you don’t hate the idea of a strip club, you could do a party that includes drinks, drawing and, um, a nude model.
5. Plan a weekend getaway to the beach or mountains. Who says your bachelorette party can only last for one night? Plan a road trip with friends to the beach or the mountains and enjoy drinks and girl talk around the campfire all weekend long. Note: If you do plan a trip, try to be considerate of your friends’ budgets — opt for an inexpensive cabin and plan to cook (and drink!) at home as much as possible. All your maids and friends might not be able to attend, but enjoy your time with the friends that are able to make the journey.
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