You know what decided to finally show it’s face in Seattle today? THE SUN. I know, I know. I may pass out from surprise as well. As our beloved sunshine has finally decided to show her beautiful face again, that also means one thing is approaching: wedding season (aka one of the best times of the year!) Dancing, merriment, and a whole lot of love, what could possibly be better? Well, let me tell you what might be better. The bachelorette party, baby. So while you may have a plethora of weddings to head to this summer, if you happen to be planning the best pre-wedding tradition of all time, this post is for you. I mean, I’ve had a tube top sitting around I need to cut the tags off of (s/o to anyone who got that quote from the best movie of all time, Bridesmaids.)
We recently returned from one of the most memorable weekends of my life, as we celebrated my TWO best friends who just so happen to both be tying the knot this summer. We have all been friends since before we even knew how to drive cars and have seen many a suitor come and go, so this situation could not have been more perfect. If you are finding yourself in the bach planning seat, buckle up because I have everything you need to pull off the most epic bachelorette party of all time! This post comes at the perfect time, because as I sit here writing this, I’m getting ready to head to Montana to celebrate one of these beautiful brides as she walks down the aisle, and I couldn’t possibly be any more excited! But I’m getting ahead of myself, before your bride becomes a Mrs, you have a bit of party planning to do my dear.
First things first, you need to consult your bride (or brides!) to be…
CONSULT THE BRIDE
In the case of this bachelorette bash, that would mean consulting two beautiful brides to be. The important thing here is to know that this should be a celebration that they feel like represents them in the best way! Make sure to take note of what kind of party they have in mind. Is it a a wine-tasting weekend in your closest wine country? I hear Washington has some pretty fabulous vineyards and wineries, if you’re looking for a new locale 😉 Or are they hoping to dance their hearts away in Vegas? Head to Nashville for some country love? Either way, before any decisions are made, make sure you talk to your bride-to-be to know what she has in mind. Once you feel like you have a good idea of what the bride is looking for, you can move onto the biggest decision…
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
All star-bachelorette locations should include a diverse array of activities to do. Some incredible bach locations include Vegas (duh) because you can spa it up all day, or dance it out all night. Austin, TX for it’s insanely fun bar scene (don’t miss Rainey Street), and the location we decided on: San Diego! San Diego ended up being our location of choice for a few reasons. Everyone that was coming to this celebration of celebrations was coming from all parts of the country, so a neutral location was key. San Diego also happens to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S., which HI that’s a huge win! Thirdly, there is SO much to do in this So-Cal beach town, from breweries to pool parties, to country bars and some phenomenal night clubs, you just can’t go wrong!
Keep these things in mind when choosing the perfect spot for the upcoming bach bash. Remember to keep your homies wallets in mind, destination bachelorette parties are insanely fun, but they can get pricey very quickly. Consider renting a large house rather than individual hotel rooms! It’s a fantastic way to cut costs, plus you have the perfect spot to pre-funk. Win-win!
P.S. if you happen to be headed to San Diego for your own bachelorette fiesta, I have the perfect itinerary for you below!
LOOKIN’ FOR DECOR? SAY NO MORE
Deciding on a theme for a bachelorette party can (100%) be one of the most entertaining parts of the entire process. While planning my two best babes ultimate bach bash, we landed on focusing around a pineapple theme, we were headed to sunny San Diego, after all. This eventually expanded into palm leafs and flamingos because turns out once you start down the tropical road you just can’t stop #sorrynotsorry. Not to mention, when I turned to my favorite online resource of all time (Etsy) I found SO many incredible shops owned by equally incredible lady-bosses that had the perfect items to make our pineapple themed fiesta too adorable for words. Take a peak below to find out just where some of this dreamy decor came from!
PINEAPPLE CUPCAKE TOPPERS: These adorable cupcake (or doughnut!) toppers were too good to pass up, they weren’t your typical “ring” toppers and fit so perfectly into our tropical bash, we just couldn’t say no. Head over to Etsy Shop Glitter Design Co., who has everything your glitter filled bachelorette party dreams are made of! You won’t be able to stay away.
PARTY LIKE A PINEAPPLE NAPKINS & CUPS: These perfect pineapple napkins and matching pineapple cups gave me LIFE. Perhaps a bit overdramatic? It’s worth it, because we 1000% partied like pineapples ALL weekend long. The beyond adorable Etsy Shop Sequins & Lipstick has everything you could ever possibly need to make your bachelorette bash a smashing success.
PINEAPPLE STRAWS: Now that you cocktails are mixed, you need fancy straws to drink them out of, no? These pineapple straws too perfect for words. You can find these themed straws from Etsy Shop Dixie and Twine. The shop owner is SO sweet, and she also made us a custom hashtag banner for the event, but more on this soon!
DIY PHOTO BOOTH: This was definitely one of my favorite things we did to decorate our San Diego AirBnB for this duo bachelorette bash! It was incredibly easy to put together, and ended up producing some of our favorite photos from the weekend. If you want to replicate this backdrop for your own upcoming fiesta, all you need is this gold curtain, some fun flowers to give it a bit of texture, and photo booth props! We got all of our props from Target, because, Target is what dreams are made of.
FLAMINGO DRINK HOLDERS: Is it really a bachelorette party unless you have inflatable drink holders? Rhetorical question, of course it’s not. You can find these flamingo drink holders here, and I promise you they won’t break your budget! But they will, however, provide the perfect holders for icing your bride to be as the evening goes on.
PINEAPPLE MEMORY CARDS: We also had every girl there write down their favorite memory (bachelorette appropriate memory, of course!) for the girls to read upon arrival. This also served as a takeaway that the brides-to-be could keep with them after the celebrations wrapped up!
GIFTS ON GIFTS (on gifts)
HAND-LETTERED GIFT BAGS: These amazing gift bags were hand lettered by the incredibly talented owner of Rachel Carl Calligraphy and we used them as welcome gifts for all the ladies! Filled with tons of goodies, it was a delightful way to welcome all the gals and thank them for coming to what would undoubtedly be an epic weekend!
OH SHIT KITS: Let’s be real, the morning after your fiesta, your gals will be thanking their luck starts for these hangover kits from the Etsy Shop Dream State. These came in in ridiculously handy, and believe me, we didn’t have any leftovers by the time the weekend was through. If you’re going to get one thing for your weekend, don’t skip on the hangover kits. Your bridesquad (and your future hangover) will thank you!
BACH-TATS: Bach-tats are perfect for two reasons (probably many more, but I’ll limit this to two) 1. If you’re headed to a pool party, they’re the ideal add on accessory 2. Juuuuust in case you get lost, these little babies might just provide you a way back to your crew 😉 They are customizable, and Etsy Shop Tats 4 Now has SO many options, you’re sure to find something that’s the perfect fit for your fiesta.
POST-PARTY EYE MASKS: Speaking of how lovely you’re going to be feeling post night out celebrations, these eye masks from The Sleepy Cottage were exactly what we (and our extremely tired eyes) needed after a night out in San Diego! These masks were so adorable, our brides received masks that read “But First, San Diego” while the rest of the bridesquad’s read something more along the lines of “Wake Me For Champs” because you know, priorities man.
MATCHING SWAG: No bachelorette fiesta is complete without matching swag, and this party in So-Cal was no different! We found these Aloha Beaches tanks and it was love at first sight. They were absolutely the cherry on top of our quintessential bach bash! Sparkled with Grace has tons of tanks that are absolutely #bachgoals.
Now, speaking of #social, is it really a bach bash without it being documented on Snapchat…?
GEO-TAG IT UP, BABY!
Okay, so I will self-admit (I supposed that’s just admitting…) that I am not a big Snapchatter. Snap-chatt-ee? One who Snapchats? I typically don’t spend a lot of time on this particular forum of social media (mostly because I’m mildly obsessed with Instagram…). But, it turns out Snapchat is quite popular. Who knew? (Everyone, that’s who) Anyway, this is quite perfect, because do you know what else Snaphcat has? GEO-TAGGING. Yep. Geo-tagging is a thing.
What is this, you may ask? Turns out, you can put your very own filter on your special event! We did this for the first time at our wedding last year, and I have to admit, it was extremely fun to see all the moments captured with our geo-tag from throughout the evening. Which is why I knew we had to do it for my two best babes bachelorette bash, and it was a smashing success! Again, Etsy comes in for the win on this one, and there are tons of options out there to put your very own mark on your special event.
Speaking of ways to memorialize your event, no bachelorette party is complete without a hashtag to keep track of all your memories from the weekend. With that being said….
DON’T FORGET YOUR #BACHTAG
CUSTOM #BACHTAG BANNER: So, trying to make #bachtag a thing. Hopefully this isn’t like fetch, and hopefully it actually will happen. Anywho, no bach bash is complete without your own custom hashtag, and the finishing touch on our celebration in San Diego, was this custom glitter banner from Dixie & Twine. It definitely set the mood for the weekend, and we were able to memorialize some epic moments as you’ll see below with the help of this little baby!
Best of luck as you begin planning your upcoming bachelorette party! They’re weekends to remember, weekends you will likely be sore from dancing so much, and weekends you will likely consume an absurd amount of pizza. Just remember one thing…don’t forget to hydrate 😉