Over the years, the phrase “bachelorette party” has earned quite the reputation, one that makes us rarely associate it with things like calm, quiet, or relaxation.
More often than not, when we think of bachelorette get-togethers, images of exotic dancers, lots of booze, club-hopping, and phallic desserts and accessories come to mind. And while cutting loose and feeling like a single girl one last time is exactly what the doctor ordered for some brides, others are now turning towards a new, more tranquil style of pre-wedding celebration.
In our daily lives, jam-packed schedules have become the norm, rather than the exception, and between working, working out, spending time with friends, and for brides-to-be, the never ending task of wedding planning, it can be hard to find a moment to take a breath and unwind.
A more relaxed bachelorette party or getaway is the perfect way to both celebrate the upcoming nuptials and give stressed-out brides a chance to kick their feet up, if only for an afternoon or weekend.
Below are a few ideas for a relaxing bachelorette party that’ll let you skip the hangover and have your best girl feeling refreshed and ready to go on her big day.
Spa treatments are the classic option for de-stressing and pampering, and fortunately for diverse bridesmaid and friend groups with varying preferences, they come in all shapes and sizes, from basic facials and manicures to lengthy massages and complex treatments.
The spa bachelorette party is incredibly flexible, depending on the group’s budget and wish list. For a full-on getaway, you can book a weekend at a resort and indulge in all the hotel has to offer; think on-site spa treatment packages, indoor and outdoor pools, and steam room and sauna access, plus the usual perks that come with a night’s stay.
But even without staying overnight somewhere, it’s easy to book treatments at a day spa or snag a day pass at a hotel to enjoy a bunch of glamorous amenities. Since venues are always trying to set themselves apart to customers, new treatments using interesting techniques like ayurveda and cryotherapy are constantly springing up.
For something closer to home, try scheduling services from a mobile spa. Mobile spas bring the professionals to you, letting each person at the party choose her own treatment, all from the comforts of your living room. This is a great budget-friendly option, as it allows for self-catering and lets each girl spend only as much as she wishes.
Often when we hear the word “relaxing”, our minds instantly jump to a faraway white sand beach or the massage table at a five-star hotel, when in fact, unwinding can take all kinds of forms.
One out-of-the-box way to relax in a bachelorette party setting is to let your creative juices flow at a DIY or art class. Classes of all types are readily available, with experts prepared to teach your group how to paint beautiful landscapes, experiment with aromatherapy and candlemaking, and even craft beautiful pieces of jewelry you can wear at other wedding events or on the big day itself.
These classes are targeted towards beginners and allow for everyone to mingle and chat as they learn, making for a fun, friendly atmosphere. The growing “sip ‘n’ paint” trend makes the experience even more loose—at these classes, students are invited to bring their own bottles and indulge in some beer or wine to get their creativity bubbling.
For many, a bachelorette party spent pitching a tent, trekking through muddy woods, and cooking over a fire is an immediate veto. But with the glamping phenomenon steadily growing in popularity, a quiet trip among beautiful natural scenery can turn out to be an enjoyable, stress-free option for a bachelorette getaway.
The glamping industry covers several different types of remote accommodations—guests can stay in decked-out cabins, luxury safari tents, or yurts, with amenities ranging from basic kitchenettes and the ever-important indoor plumbing at more affordable spots to Jacuzzis and saunas at high-end rentals.
Many glamping outfitters help you make the most of your time in nature by offering communal campfires, group cookouts, boat trips, and guided hikes. These organized activities mean less prep work for you and an easier time navigating unfamiliar surroundings. Take the adventurous trail and head out on a hike, or just cozy up to some s’mores and red wine around the fire pit, all while enjoying peace and quiet away from city sounds and pressing obligations.
Nothing melts pre-wedding anxiety away like clear skies, a rush of Vitamin D, and the sound of waves lapping on the shore. A trip to the water, be it to the sandy ocean shores or the banks of a nearby lake, is a great way to detach from deadlines and to-do’s and enjoy the sun and the surf instead.
Like the other options we’ve listed, a day out on the water has the distinct advantage that it can be personalized to meet the exact wishes of your bride and her group. Charter boats with full- and half-day cruises are common along the coast, and most beach towns are chock full of quaint cafes and cute boutiques to accompany a day on the sand.
Potluck picnics or beach house rentals make for low-key, limited-stress outings, and an afternoon on the beach is usually a winner with just about everyone, making it an easy sell when coordinating with a large group.
A full day or long weekend out in the sun is the perfect complement to a summer wedding date—not only does it help enhance the pre-wedding glow, it can also bring some peace to the bride’s pre-wedding nerves.
The wellness weekend is the latest trend in bachelorette parties, and with good reason; these all-in-one relaxation packages include everything your girl needs to get her centered, relaxed, and ready to get married.
Although you can organize a wellness weekend at home with some DIY preparation, more and more, hotels and small B&B’s are doing the heavy lifting for you with curated programs. Many of these venues are located in the countryside or up in the mountains, settings that lend themselves to forgetting the stress and letting go for a bit.
The wellness weekend brings together a comprehensive itinerary of activities with the goal of rejuvenating body and soul and bringing the bride and her best friends even closer to one another. These can include personalized schedules of yoga, personal training, meditation, hikes and nature walks, and locally-sourced meals packed with fresh ingredients that cleanse the body and help you feel your best.
Multi-day packages can be arranged in both large resorts and smaller local venues, and the schedule can be customized to suit the entire group—including most importantly the lady of honor—down to the letter.