Bachelorette parties are a ton of fun, but they can also add a hefty cost to the bridesmaids’ budget. I asked Joanne Barken, founder of The Bach (the just launched platform for planning bachelorette parties) to give us some cost-cutting tips for the bachelorette party that won’t cut down on the fun! You’ll love her advice! xoxo-Jessica
Cutting Costs Tips for the Bachelorette Party
from Joanne of TheBach.com!
Organize a Group Gift
Rather than ask everyone to bring a present to the bachelorette party, have everyone chip in a small amount in advance to get the bride a group gift. With a small contribution from everyone you can get the bride something she will love and of a higher quality than what each person can afford on her own.
Play in the Daytime
Save your money for the evening bachelorette events and spend a low-key afternoon with the girls. You can pack a picnic, magazines, and games and head to the nearest park. For the bride who loves the outdoor activities, plan an afternoon of mountain biking or hiking. If your group traveled somewhere exotic, take the day to sunbathe by the pool or on the beach. When the weather doesn’t cooperate, make some popcorn and watch all of the bride’s favorite chick flicks for a fun and relaxing rainy afternoon.
Host a Pre-Game
Kick off the evening bachelorette party festivities with a pre-game at the home of someone from the bridal party or in your hotel room. Create a signature cocktail that you know the bride will love, or pop some bubbly. Everyone will appreciate having a drink or two without paying inflated bar prices.
from: Tiny Prints, Inc.
Use Your Negotiation Skills
Don’t be afraid to ask for group discounts. Many restaurants, bars, and other venues love to host large groups and will provide a great deal if you can guarantee a certain number of guests. Pre-fixe dinner menus is an excellent way to ensure that the meal stays within everyone’s planned budget. Bars and clubs are also frequently willing to waive cover charges or give out a free round of drinks for bachelorette parties. Concert halls, sports arenas, and spas also typically offer discounts for large groups, so just call ahead and don’t be afraid to negotiate.
from: Tiny Prints, Inc.
If the bride’s dream bachelorette party is outside of the bridal party’s budget, look for creative ways to scale back the event while still ensuring the bride has an amazing time. Instead of indulging in lavish spa treatments, opt for manicures or blowouts, which are generally less expensive but will still leave everyone feeling pampered. If the bride is looking to get some sun during the weekend, look for lake or beach destinations within driving distance rather than booking flights to a distant location.
Joanne Barken is a graduate of Cornell University and a former attorney, who after helping plan more than a dozen bachelorette parties, realized there had to be a better, less stressful and more fun way to organize a fun party for a group of women. She decided to take matters into her own hands and launched the The Bach.
Don’t forget to check out TheBach.com where you can create an itinerary of fun things to do for your bachelorette party! Search events and venues by city and create your own custom itinerary to share with your group! Planning your bachelorette party has never been easier! Check out how it works here!