7 Ways to Cut Costs (Not Fun) at Your Bachelorette Party

When you’re planning a wedding, the expenses tend to add up very quickly and many people find it difficult to stay within a budget for their ” big day”. As a Maid of Honor, you want to throw the most amazing bachelorette party for the bride but trying to keep the cost of this event or weekend down can be a challenge. Here are few suggestions on how to cut cost (but not fun) at your bachelorette party.

1.Stay Local

The most expensive part of a bachelorette party is usually the airfare to get wherever the celebration is going to happen. Picking a place that is close to the majority of the wedding party attendants will save everyone dramatically. When you begin to research the things to do and places to see in the closest city, you will be surprised at how much there is to do right where you live, Saving money in travel expenses will be beneficial to everyone involved in making the bride feel special and loved. If there isn’t a big city close to you, consider making it a road trip and driving to a location that is not too far.

2. Let People Stay at Your House

The second biggest cost associated with the planning a bachelorette party is the cost of the hotel everyone will stay at. If you plan to keep everything local and stay close to home the whole time, consider using your own house for everyone to crash at. If you have a husband or children, send them to the grandmas for the weekend and turn your home into a “free” hotel for your guests,

3. Make Your Own Bridal gear and Favors

While it is tempting and might seem easier to just go online and order “Team Bride” T-Shirts, consider making them on your own to save money. Making this an event everyone participates in together could even add to the fun weekend. You can make a variety of party favor options on your own as well. Be creative and save money in the process. Your bank account will thank you later!

4. Get the Best deal Wherever You Go

Before arriving at your various activities, call ahead and talk to the manager and see if you can negotiate a group discount rate. Sometimes they offer a good discount if you are bringing a large crowd to their store or location. It’s better to ask and get turned down than to never ask and miss out on some great saving opportunities.

5. Find In-Home Activities

Not every event has to be big and out of the town. Plan for some events to take place in the home where you will be staying. This is a more relaxing environment and allows your guests the time to inwind while you are partying it up all weekend. This can be as simple as providing coffee, popcorn and a movie before everyone goes to sleep to everyone working together to cook up an elaborate breakfast.

6. Start Off at the House

Instead of starting off the night at a bar, consider having all of the guests start at your house as the launching pad. they will be able to drop off their belongings, park cars, and freshen up before you all go out. You can drink before you leave to save spending money out in town at bars. You can get creative and create a specialty drink around the bride or over the weekends’s theme.

7. Scale Back If Needed

If you and your group are unable to afford the bride’s dream bachelorette party, that’s okay! Together, come up with ways to save money where you are able and make it enjoyable for everyone, For example, instead of spending the day at the spa, go for manicures and pedicures at the local nail salon instead. You will still feel pampered and your nail will look pretty at the end of the night too! Book a limo! Limo Find can help you go to local places instead of having to travel across the country, and you will save a lot of money in the process.

planning a bachelorette party has a lot of moving parts and it is difficult to get everything lined up for all of the events and to accommodate everyone’s situation. If you are able to save money, the girls will thank you repeatedly.

 

(British Solomon, a contributing writer and specialist for EZ Screen Print. She regularly produces content for a variety of DIY and lifestyle blogs.)

 

 

Rachel’s Vintage Chic Tea Party Shower

We love when brides (and couples) share their showers with us! We don’t get too many so we’re always thrilled to receive a shower submission especially when it’s as lovely as this one from Rachel.

Showers are a wonderful way to get your feet with wet with DIY projects if you aren’t a big-time crafter and, well, they’re a heck of a lot of fun. Rachel’s shower is a fantastic mix of charm and deeply personal details. Photographer Mandy of  Mandy Fierens Photography had this to say about the event:

The bride wore her grandmother’s wedding dress to her adorable vintage chic tea party bridal shower! When her grandmother showed up I tried not to cry. She was so happy to see the dress on her beautiful granddaughter.

From Rachel’s two maids of honor:

Planning this shower was a complete joy for us. When you have a friend like Rachel, you want this day to be as special as her. When choosing a shower theme, we knew we needed to capture Rachel’s love for all things beautiful and unique. Therefore, we started with a tea party theme that eventually evolved into “Vintage Chic Tea Party”. It took the minds of all of the girls and Rachel’s mom to pull the vision off, and of course Pinterest didn’t hurt! There were countless emails back and forth about décor, food, favors, etc. The final product turned out better than any of us could have dreamed.

Using cakes as centerpieces was the idea of one of the bridesmaids and Rachel absolutely loved the idea. One of the guests at the shower created the cakes (Leah Leber) and the toppers were handmade by Chelsea, Mallory, and Cara. The toppers were inspired by ideas found on Pinterest. The cake stands were handmade by Chelsea using vintage china plates collected from second hand stores and gluing them on to juice glasses bought at Olde Time Pottery.

The prizes were succulents and were potted by Rachel’s future sister in law, Amy and mother in law.
They were potted in a variety of pots purchased at Anthropology and Olde Time Pottery. The R&R books displayed by the gifts were also purchased at Anthropology.

The china for each place setting was borrowed from one of the bridesmaids, Jessica Kappel; it is her personal collection. She collected all of the china from various second hand and antique stores in our area.
The favors (1oz honey jars) were made by Bonne Maman. They were embellished with a square piece of fabric tied with coral ribbon and a custom stamp purchased from Etsy. We decorated the honey jars as a bridal party team.
The invitation for the shower was purchased from Etsy. Leah Leber designed the recipe cards that were sent out to each guest with their invitation.

The idea for the “Travel Sticks” was modified from an idea seen on Pinterest. One of the bridesmaids suggested altering it to travel ideas to better fit Reid and Rachel’s interests. This is what we used to determine who would be taking home the potted succulent prizes.
The game was created by Whitney and her boyfriend, Jake. Whitney contacted Rachel and Reid to have them answer questions, which were then used to make the game. Jake designed the layout and then they were professionally printed.
The food was all made by the bridesmaids and family members.

Rachel’s mom handmade the fabric swags that decorated the sides of the room.

Tokarski & Wellock

Rachel & Reid
Angora Gardens, Pennsylvania
Event Date: May, 2014

Photographer:  Mandy Fierens Photography//Event Venue:Angora Gardens//Favors and Gifts:Bonne Maman//Shoes: Christian Louboutin//Cake Designer:Leah Leber//Invitation Designer:The Colorful Scoot//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Anna’s Crafty Country Tea Bridal Shower

Confession time.  I’m little envious today of Anna’s besties.  Anna’s shower was handmade by her incredibly crafty bridesmaids who created a pretty and feminine tea party with just a hint of burlap and country to keep it from feeling stuffy.  T.C. Engle Photography was lucky enough to have grabbed one of the handmade invites and captured the divine details of the day.

In my inner circle of friends we have the kooky one, the smart one, the fashion savvy one, and since I probably take the label of the crafty one that means that I do all the work for festivities.  I’m not complaining, my girls rock! I couldn’t have asked for a better set of buds.  And I know I just got finished on my DIY-make-it-about- you-soapbox-speech in the last post, which I stick to like washi tape on straws, but I am a little jelly that I didn’t have fig butter and scones at my shower.  Sue me.

Actually, the entire homemade spread looks delish and the fun peacock veil to honor Anna’s love of the regal birdies’ feathers is a strikingly simple addition the day.  Now that I’ve swallowed my girl envy, I want to say a true congrats to Anna and her future DH Allen.  Your love for each other is evident in the fab photos from T.C. Engle Photography and we wish you all the best!

 

 

 

Vendor Information:

Photography:  T.C. Engle Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Christine’s Heartfelt Bridal Shower

It’s not often we get to showcase bridal showers so imagine how excited we are to share this beautiful handmade shower for Christine. All of the heartfelt details were crafted with the help of all the bridesmaids! A special shout-out to Christine’s roommate, Sharon, for making the watercoloring. It’s beautiful!

The event was hosted at Blue Dahlia Bistro in Austin where their cozy outdoor seating area provided the perfect spot for Christine and her guests to spend a playful, joyous afternoon.

 

Details

Subject: Christine Li & Ben Yang
Date: November 03, 2012
Location: Austin,Texas

Michelle’s Bridal Shower

Good day, bridal friends. We’re going to switch it up and doing things a little differently today. Instead of featuring a wedding, we are showcasing a bridal shower. I find this wonderful for a couple reasons:

1. I’ve been writing the Real Weddings section since October, and we’ve never featured a bridal shower. Ever. Score one for something new! Please feel free to submit more showers and wedding celebrations!

2. This bridal shower not only toasted lovely bride Michelle, but also doubled as a fundraiser for ovarian cancer.

 

Michelle’s bridal shower had a sewing theme, in honor of her mother. Unfortunately her mother had passed away from ovarian cancer several months prior to the shower. A local bath shop donated a gift bag to the shower, and it was raffled off to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The bath shop also set up a bath salt station for the shower as favors for the guests, and all the lovely food and desserts were homemade.

 

 

Photography: Michelle Koechle Photography

Venue: Sundara Boutique & Gallery

Favors: Fizz Bath Shop

 

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