The idea that a bachelorette party has to involve phallic-shaped things, male strippers, and a massive hangover the next morning seems a little unimaginative these days. Not that the typical weekend in Vegas isn't fun, but if you’re a bride who’s not really a fan of wild parties, you should probably think of some unconventional bachelorette party destinations instead.
I’ve never been one to follow the crowd, so the idea of the stereotypical booze-fueled, embarrassment-aimed bachelorette party kind of makes me not want to get married. Luckily, brides and their bridal parties are starting to get a little more creative when it comes to planning bach parties. Too long have we thought about bachelor and bachelorette parties as last nights of “freedom” — we’re people in loving relationships entering into marriage, not contracts of servitude — instead of a chance to bond with our closest friends before the big day. Sure, going wild with your friends is a great way to relieve some of the stress of wedding planning, but there are other ways to have fun, too.
So, if you want to skip Sin City and other party hubs while still having an amazing time making memories with your gal pals, check out eight uncommon bachelorette getaway ideas.
1. Yoga Retreat
Yoga is incredible for both mind and body, and after months of wedding planning and stress, the entire bridal party could definitely use some down time. There are plenty of yoga retreats for every budget and skill level, including some really cool yoga and wine packages that are perfect for a relaxing girls getaway.
2. Washington, D.C.
If you’re more interested in culture, history, and art than getting wasted during your bachelorette party, book a trip to our nation’s capital. The amazing thing about Washington, D.C. is that the majority of the museums, art galleries, and other attractions are totally free — allowing you to spend more money shopping and dining.
3. Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.
This one is for all my Disney lovers out there. Why not spend some time at the Happiest Place on Earth before one of the happiest days of your life? Don’t think of a Disneyland bach party as juvenile — the Resort has plenty of grownup things to do, from spa treatments at the Grand Californian to cocktails at Carthay Circle.
4. Whistler, B.C., Canada
I’m sure at least a few of us are sick of going to wine weekends in Napa for bach parties, am I right? Skip the wine train, and head to beautiful Whistler in British Columbia. Whistler is an outdoor paradise perfect for hiking, base jumping, and snow sports, but it is also home to a number of great wineries and tasting tours.
5. Music Festival
Most music-loving brides would totally dig spending a weekend jamming out to their favorite bands. Travel to one of the hundreds of music festivals that happen every year, or make a weekend out of going to see the bride’s choice act in concert.
6. Charleston, S.C.
Lots of people head to New Orleans or Miami for a booze-filled, southern bach party, but if you’re looking for more of an upscale weekend, try Charleston. This South Carolina city is brimming with southern charm and history, as well as incredible shopping and dining options. It also features some great ocean views for lots of sunset pictures!
7. Montreal, Que., Canada
You might not be able to pull a Bridesmaids and take a pre-wedding trip to Paris, but you can still experience that French feeling with a trip up to Montreal. The heart of Quebec, Montreal offers cobblestone streets, artsy shops, and, of course, amazing French cuisine and wine.