To some the idea of a action-packed Bachelorette party is a dream come true. To others it can be seen as an over-the-top ritual that doesn’t really jive with who they are. Many women now are foregoing traditional Bachelorette parties in exchange for smaller events that are packed with charm and relaxation. If this sounds like a better option for you than Vegas or bar-hopping read on!
From spa visits, to at-home wine and cheese parties there are tons of ways you can throw a memorable Bachelorette party that won’t have your girls grabbing for their passports (or scraping the bottom of the bank accounts for that matter). Typically, brides don’t plan their own Bachelorette parties—as I dislike rules quite fiercely I planned my own and guess what? No one minded— but you can suggest to your MOH early on that these are the type of activities you might like to see. You can pick one of these activities or combine them all in a day or two with ease.
Bridesmaids who Brunch
Any meal where you can order tacos or waffles is always a good one. Begin your girl-time with mimosas, some eggs benny, and lots of laughs. Whether you want to hold this in someone’s home or go to your favourite tried-and-tested brunch restaurant either one is a great idea. After working an event at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto I thought this would be a fun location for brunch that many of my girls had never been to before. Many restaurants have private areas or can maybe throw some extra decorations up (costs can vary) so if you want something a little fancier call ahead and ask.
Class it Up
There are so many options now for taking classes together that teach you way more fun things than math. Painting classes are getting popular even in small towns and they typically allow you to drink and gab as you go. Check if there are private options if you’d rather the class be just your squad. Or, why not have all of you create jewellery you’ll wear for the wedding day together with a jewellery making class? Anice Jewellery in Toronto will let you arrange private parties where your girls can hang out and craft some cool pieces together. As flowers are my weak spot, we opted to spend a few hours at Coriander Girl with Tellie Hunt (now of Hunt & Gather Floral) where we learned to make flower crowns. The class is held in Coriander Girls’ gorgeous wedding studio where we were allowed to bring snacks and drinks (we choose the latter and brought wine) as we followed Tellie’s instructions and then we would get distracted and play with her cute dog. I was amazed by how amazing all my friends were at making flower crowns, everyone’s looked so different and were like mini versions of their character.
Take in a Show
I don’t mean going to the movies I’m talking about grabbing all your girls and heading to a wedding show. The closer you get to the wedding date the less space you seem to have between meetings, events, and actual time spent making garlands and place settings. You could combine a fun brunch with spending an afternoon at a wedding show early on in the planning process to get your girls really involved from the start. If you’re in the city, I highly recommend The Wedding Co. Market.
Of all the shows I went to this is the one I thought my bridemaids would enjoy the most. It’s held at the Artscape Wychwood Barns and the vibe here is so welcoming and much less overwhelming than those massive conference centres. Not far from St. Claire or Bloor, there’s plenty of food options around (The Stockyards just a short walk away is supposed to have some killer chicken and waffles), plus this year the show is going to have a taco truck by Grand Electric so you could just wait to eat until you get there. Tickets are only $20 and there’s everyone from wedding dress vendors and designers, to florists, to photographers and more. You can purchase your ticket for the next show held on February 26th 2017 here.