Instead of the typical wild night out at a club, why not do something that really reflects the bride's interests for her bachelorette? Here are my top 10 unconventional bachelorette ideas for every type of bride!
For the Nature Loving Bride: Girls Camping Weekend
Get the girls together for a weekend escape! Get your camping gear on for the woods or a chic cabin in the mountains. Throw in some fun bachelorette games, a day trip to a nearby hiking trail and of course a dip into the lake.
Just because you're out of the city, it doesn't mean you can't be eat like you're at a five-star restaurant. Whip up a batch of prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, your other favourites, and finish the night with gourmet ice cream sandwiches.
I recommend heading to Muskoka, Barrie or Hamilton for this girls weekend if you are in the Ontario area.
For the Jet-Setting Bride: A Destination Bash
There will always be Vegas, but with up-and-coming hot spots like Oregon (yes, you read that right), Puerto Rico, or even Montana and Wyoming, now is the time to try something new! Portland's West End is also gaining popularity; while you're there check out eateries like Clyde Common, which dishes out locally sourced dishes; their chef serves up Alpine comfort food (think: mustard spaetzle with guinea-hen ragu).
If the bride-to-be is a bit more adventurous, enjoy the outdoors at Blue Mountain Village. There are tons of activities like movie under the stars, apple pie trail, Scandinave spa and mountain biking. Finish the day with an upscale dinner at the Grand Gregorian; they have plenty of choices within the Suites of the Blue Mountain Village.
For the Wine-Loving Bride: A Winery Tour
Instead of hitting up a stuffy, crowded bar or club, take your party on the road. Visiting a winery such as one on Niagara-on-the-Lake is your perfect destination. Introduce your friends to an upscale version of the traditional bachelorette. Rent a limo, plot your stops and arrange to end with a late dinner at a vineyard. You can also mix it up and get a bicycle tour. The Grape Escape is one of the many companies that offers bike and wine tours.
For the Active Bride: A Paintball Afternoon
Book a fun afternoon paintballing! To make things interesting, go to a thrift store and pick-up second-hand bridesmaids dresses and the craziest bridal dress to wear! If you are in the GTA area, there are tons of places around the city that offer outdoor or indoor paintball.
For the Pampered Bride: A Spa Day
Not every bachelorette party has to be a rowdy night out or packed with activities -- especially if it's closer to the wedding day. Take your BFF to a spa for some relaxation and some pre-wedding pampering. You can get massages, facials and body treatments. Top it all off with a nice dinner in the city for a perfect end to a relaxing day.
For the Thrill-Seeking Bride: Zip-Lining and More
Bride-to-be more of a thrill-seeker? Zip-lining, parasailing or even bungee jumping might just be the perfect bachelorette party idea! The bachelorette party is a great opportunity to try out something new with group of friends. Don't want to risk it so close to the wedding? Try a trapeze class instead!
For the Budget Bride: A Slumber Party
I know, you're not in middle school anymore, but an old-fashioned night filled with some man-candy movies, junk food (yes, bust out the Cheetos, Pringles, Skittles and Reese's) and drinking games sounds like a good time to me at any age. Truth or dare, never have I ever and board games are always a good idea.
For the Spiritual Bride: A Wellness Retreat
Hotels across the country are now offering wellness and full cleanse retreats. A great example is Grail Springs. They offer packages which include mediation sessions, spa treatments, spring waters and clean meals to nourish your body, mind and soul. You'll all leave the retreat feeling more connected with yourselves and nature.
For the Sea Loving Bride: A Day Out at Sea
Rent a luxe yacht, a large speedboat or plan a river-rafting trip to enjoy a day out at sea. Not only will it give the bride a chance to get some sun before her honeymoon, but you'll also have plenty of time to bond out on the water. And don't forget to bring the booze -- an ocean breeze is an appropriate choice (blue curacao, pineapple juice, rum and amaretto); and for your river trip, make Moon Rivers for everyone (gin, apricot brandy, Cointreau and lemon juice). Just remember to check your local laws to see your alcohol restrictions out at sea.
For the Tea & Coffee Loving Bride: Afternoon with Tea, Coffee and Sweets
Find the perfect backyard, restaurant or venue for your guests, hire or do some DIY and plan the perfect vintage tea party! There are companies that can rent you gorgeous tea cups, tea sets and cutlery -- Save the Dates by Karen being one of the many in Toronto.