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Throw a Bachelorette Party on a Budget

Today I am welcoming Aimee from DIYDarlin as a guest blogger with her killer ideas for bachelorette parties on a budget. A bridesmaid’s job can definitely get expensive from buying a dress to buying gifts for the bridal shower(s) and also the wedding. Then to top it off, you are supposed to split the costs of a bachelorette party with the other bridesmaids and maid of honor. As her name says, Aimee is all about DIY shortcuts, and she has some great tips to share!

Bachelorette Ideas for Budget-Challenged Brides and Bridesmaids

Do budget concerns have you anxious about planning a bachelorette party? Well, they really shouldn’t! Seriously, you can plan some epic bachelorette celebrations without having to spend a small fortune. Consider getting the bride tribe excited for one of the totally fun, but not totally expensive, bachelorette ideas below.

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1) Host a Mega Fun Bachelorette Movie Night

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money by going out, why not just stay in? You can use a streaming device and choose from over 1,000 channels to find fun movies and TV shows to watch together. This will also save money in the process; you won’t have to worry about paying for extra channels or entertainment you don’t need You can even amp up the fun by taking the party outside. Plan your very own special movies under the stars event, complete with beach chairs and yummy snacks.Think about putting a pink or white spin on things to add a personal bridal touch. Wondering what to stream? Pick one of these pre-wedding faves, depending on the mood you want to set. Whether you watch a hottie-filled flick or a comedy, you’re sure to have a blast together!

2) Take an All-Girls Glamping Adventure

For the outdoorsy bride-to-be, there’s no better way to celebrate the impending nuptials and save tons of money than by getting in touch with nature. Since it’s your bachelorette, though, you still want to keep things extra fun, so consider one of these budget-friendly glamping spots to make sure your big night will be truly memorable. A few destinations on the list—like Carlsbad Caverns, TX, and Lakeside, CA—are right here stateside, but if you want to travel outside the country, you can also save on international travel expenses. Look for flights using apps on your phone, so you can score the best deal on airfare, and also look for free activities (hiking, stargazing, etc.) to help cut costs during your bachelorette trip without cutting out all of the excitement and fun.

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3) Plan a Posh Staycation Closer to Home

Even with the most savvy travel tips, an international bachelorette excursion may be out of the question for some bridesmaid’s budgets. No need to worry, though, especially when you can have just as much fun with a bachelorette staycation right in your own city! As part of your hometown fun, you can put together an adult sleepover or a spa night for your best friends, or you can get out on the town and go to your fave restaurant, outdoor spot or local attraction. This type of lowkey celebration is the perfect way for brides-to-be to bond with their closest gal pals without anyone having to stress about overspending on the event. If you want a change of address for the night, you can also look for local vacation rentals, which can be a budget-friendly option for accommodations and also help you cut costs on snacks and meals.

4) Gear Up for an Epic Pre-Wedding Road Trip

Staycations and movie nights can be fun for bridal parties and budgets, but you may want a little more adventure to celebrate your bestie. So, if flying to a far-away destination isn’t in the cards, think about planning a road trip with your best friends that still won’t break the bank. If you live in the Midwest, consider visiting one of several great girlfriend getaway destinations, including Lake Geneva in Illinois or Lakelands in Minnesota. Just be sure to avoid common road trip mistakes, like paying too much for gas or splurging on restaurants for each meal, if you want to keep the costs of your road trip from adding up and spoiling all of the bachelorette fun.

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When you need to save some serious cash on a bachelorette party, you need to think outside of the box. Talk with your bride squad to see which budget-friendly idea sounds like the most fun, so you can stop stressing about funds and start enjoying the celebration!

Thank you, Aimee for such an informative and actionable post! I think most bridal parties can take advice from your ideas!

Tips for Bridesmaids | Bride's Planning Guide

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Over the years, I've been privileged to hang out with many wedding parties, and have noticed a few things along the way.  Sometimes everything works perfectly smoothly, sometimes there is a bit of drama, and sometimes there's a bit of both.  One thing can be sure though -- the bridesmaids are there to support the bride and groom (but mostly the bride!).  I wrote a list of my best tips for bridesmaids as we all dive into wedding days and all that surrounds them! 1) Don’t bother the bride!If you have grudges, complaints, issues, or egos    — check them at the door!Take your issue to someone else who can help.Do not burden the bride on this day.A wedding day can be stressful enough without having to worry about someone else’s problems.

tips for bridesmaids
blush casual bridesmaids pose

blush casual bridesmaids pose

2) Plan, plan, plan.Once you’ve officially be asked to be a bridesmaid, there will be lots of duties and responsibilities.And it will cost you some time and money.You’ll need to pay for your dress, you’ll need to help plan the bachelorette party and bridal shower, and you’re expected to buy the couple a gift.Plan your finances in advance and set a little aside each month if you know it will be hard to pay for many of those things at once.

purple wedding party pose with ivy wall

purple wedding party pose with ivy wall

3) Help the bride.Offer to get her snacks or water.Make sure she stays hydrated and that she eats a little something throughout the day!Often brides are resistant to eat or drink anything either because they’re nervous, or they’re worried about being able to use the restroom later on while wearing a huge gown.I’ve seen people pass out at weddings before, and I’d bet that she’d rather not have a dehydration hangover on the first day of her honeymoon!Don’t be pushy, but just encourage her to drink some water here and there.

purple bridesmaids movie pose

purple bridesmaids movie pose

4) Remember: this is not your day — it’s THEIR day.Yes, you want to look nice and not do anything to sabotage the bride and groom’s photos or vision, but ultimately the bride’s wants and needs far exceed your own (at least on this day!).If she needs a piece of hair curled that fell out of place and it’s time to walk out the door — hers is getting fixed and yours is not.If the spare bobby pin you were getting ready to use is desperately needed by the bride — it’s hers.If someone needs to run and grab something she needs from the car — do it for her.Let her enjoy the day and take any possible burdens off her that you can.Plus there are a group of you!Put your heads together and work as a team to ensure that she has no distractions and doesn’t have to deal with any last-minute problems.

colorful bridesmaid sitting standing poses

colorful bridesmaid sitting standing poses

5) Cooperate!The best thing you can do all day is listen when the wedding party is getting instructions.These could be from the wedding planner, the church coordinator, the photographer, parents, the DJ, etc.It’s ok to have fun and be relaxed, but if you pay attention during those times, the day will flow smoothly and leave more time for partying!