When your bestie gets engaged, it’s time to pull out all the stops, from finding the perfect bridesmaid dress to planning the perfect bachelorette party. But what if your group doesn’t quite have the dream party budget that will create the most idealistic and sought-after shindig? You may not be alone.
A study by WeddingWire found the majority of bachelorette party attendees can expect to spend around $350 for the event. However, 1 in 5 bachelorettes said they spent close to $1,000.
Short on cash? It’s entirely possible to plan a bachelorette party on a budget without compromising on fun. Here’s how to get started.
1. BOOK A BUDGET-SAVVY CRUISE
Organizing a group with big ideas and personalities can quickly complicate a bachelorette party. Instead of stressing over all the dining, activity and entertainment details, book a budget-friendly cruise instead. Indeed, a little prep work can open up the door to reasonable costs and destinations.
Say you want to truly get away from it all and experience a new destination. Then you might want to consider any number of Alaska cruises to see stunning glaciers and landscapes, or the Caribbean for warm-weather fun.
If some in your party are on the fence, they should know cruises make for a fun and flexible experience, where everyone can find the most ideal food, activities and fun that they want, from taking in Broadway-caliber stage shows to dancing at a nightclub or enjoying day at the spa.
2. CHOOSE AN OFF-SEASON DESTINATION
From hotels to tours, planning a bachelorette party during peak travel season can dramatically increase costs. That’s why you should make it a point to brainstorm an off-season destination that still packs in the fun.
For example, a winter beach trip on the East Coast will likely prove chilly, but still offers an opportunity for shelling, walks on the beach, a day at the spa and affordable activities. Conversely, heading to the mountains in the summer opens up budget-friendly activities like wine tastings, cooking classes, hiking and relaxation.
3. RENT A HOUSE
Your group has picked the perfect destination and is ready to firm up all the details when you realize a block of hotels will get expensive quickly. Now what? Renting a house through Airbnb or VRBO provides more intimacy for your group while still providing space to spread out. Additionally, staying just outside the city or any central tourist spots can also lower your costs. You can even put any additional savings toward a tour or private chef to spoil the bride-to-be.
4. STAY LOCAL
There’s no rule that says you need to get out of town to capture that vacation mindset. So skip the airfare and pricey accommodations and stay local instead. You can still book a downtown hotel or house just for a night or two and trim your costs, or ask someone in your group to volunteer their home. Pitch in to hire a cleaner after the party wraps up and use any extra funds toward local tours, a pub crawl or extravagant dinner.
5. GET A DAY PASS
Whether you head out of town or stay local, your bachelorette party can crash a resort for the day. Look for a day pass at resort properties and hotels to enjoy the pool, as well as eat and drink like queens for one flat fee or join a fun activity. Your group will feel like they’re on vacation without the steep price tag.
HAVE A GREAT TIME WITHOUT SPENDING A BUNDLE
Remember, the real goal of a bachelorette party is to have a blast, bond as a group and celebrate the new chapter in the bride-to-be’s life. From budget-friendly cruises to staying local, you can have the dream bachelorette party without spending a bundle.