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Bachelorette Party Ideas


The bachelorette party is a bride-to-be's chance to have a great time with her closest friends. It can be as big or small as she'd like, and is typically organized by her bridesmaids and/or maid or matron of honor. Gifts aren't strictly necessary, but will likely be welcomed.

While it isn't exactly encouraging to think of a bachelorette party as the bride's final night of freedom, you should make it your goal to show her the best time possible. That doesn't mean you have to drag her off to Chippendale's with a fistful of dollar bills (although if that's her cup of tea, you should certainly do so). Here are some out of the ordinary ideas for a bachelorette party she'll remember fondly.


Weekend in the Wilderness

If the bride-to-be is a nature lover, consider renting a cabin in the woods for a night or two. Guests can crash in bunk beds or sleeping bags for a retro slumber party vibe. Try to rent a cabin with a hot tub out on the deck -- the guest of honor will have a great time soaking in the suds as she breathes the fresh pine-scented air and sips her favorite beverage in the company of her favorite girlfriends.


Extreme Event

For the adventurous bride, a rock-climbing expedition, parasailing adventure or white-water rafting trip may be just the thing to quell those pre-wedding jitters. Keep in mind, however, that this will limit the guest list to only her bravest friends.


Beach Bums

If it's in the budget, consider renting a beach bungalow for a night of bonfires, bon bons and Bacardi. If not, make a day of it, complete with gourmet picnic lunch, cold beer/soda and plenty of sunblock.


Disco Queens

For the bride who loves to shake her groove thing, a night of dancing is a no-brainer. Just be sure to designate a driver before embarking on a night of club-hopping -- or hire a chauffeur so that everyone can behave as irresponsibly as she wants!


Vegas, Baby

Let the lady try her luck before taking the plunge. Book a suite at one of the Strip's hottest hotels and take Sin City by storm!


Pampered Princesses

Treat the bride and her buddies to a day at the spa. After enjoying a massage, facial or pedicure, the gals can bond while cooking in the sauna or lounging around in plush bathrobes.


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Top 5 Planning Tips

1. Get a dedicated credit card for all of your wedding expenses so that you can dispute the charge if a deal falls though.

2 Earn miles toward your honeymoon with a frequent flyer miles credit card from

3. Get the best deal on airfare, hotel and rental cars for your honeymoon through any travel site of your choice.

4. Create your own web page at with information about your wedding date, location, gift registries, and hotels for out-of-town guests.

5. If you plan to take your spouse's name, get a Name Change Kit to ensure you cover everything.

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