Hello my darlings!
Can you believe October is already half over! Time is honestly flying by! As many of you know, my wedding is literally around the corner, 12 days away to be exact, and to say I am stressed out is an understatement! Thankfully though, I was able to escape all the wedding planning stress this past weekend and just get away with my girls for what turned out to be a pretty amazing Bachelorette weekend! So today I thought it would be fun to share with you all what my girls and I did this past weekend through a 20 tips for a kick-ass bachelorette party blog post! Below you will find 15 different tips that I followed this weekend plus 5 other tips that I wish I had followed along with some pictures from this truly crazy weekend! So if you want to learn more, just keep on reading! 🙂
#1: If you can, go for a whole weekend
From the very beginning of planning out my bachelorette weekend, I had wanted to go from Friday to Sunday. Unfortunately, due to money and work schedules, we were only able to do a Saturday to Sunday getaway. Even though we all had a great time, some things felt rush and I definitely wish we had that extra day and night to do stuff so if you can make it work, I highly recommend getting away for a full weekend with your girls. Remember, you’re only going to have one bachelorette party, you might as well make it the best you can!
#2: Buy and wear special outfits for your Bachelorette weekend
Your bachelorette weekend is all about you and what better way to show this than to wear an outfit that screams you are a bride-to-be. Pick out an all white outfit that you feel your absolute best in. Make sure to take into account what the weekend will consist of so you don’t under or over dress however. If you don’t know where exactly you’re going that weekend because it is a surprise, have your maid of honor or bridesmaids just give you a clue on the dress code. For myself, I knew I was going to Mohegan sun and we planned to hit the clubs and the casino so I chose a more club like attire for the first night. I picked out white skinny jeans and this button up white long sleeve crop top from Charlotte Russe as my Bachelorette night outfit and I couldn’t be happier with how it looked. I added this flower crown with a small veil from Icing to top off the whole bride look and for some of the night, also wore one of my bridesmaid over the knee heeled black boots (more on that later). I truly felt more confident than I had in a long time walking out in that outfit which set the tone for the whole night! On Sunday, since we were going to the aquarium, I simply chose to wear my Bride T-shirt from David’s Bridal and high waisted jeans from Charlotte Russe with a cardigan. I also wore my bridal flower crown because why not! Like I said, you’re only a bride once, why not live it up!
#3: Buy either buttons or sashes for you and your crew to wear that weekend.
Just like you want everyone to know you’re the soon to be bride, you also want everyone to know who your bridesmaids are. You can either use buttons or sashes for this. I chose to pick up some Bride and Bride’s crew pink and black buttons from Spencers for my girls and since I had 6 people coming including my mom and soon to be mother in law, it worked perfectly because the package came with 6 bride’s crew buttons and one bride one.
#4: Figure out a timeline for the night
This one we did, however, we planned the wrong timeline. We decided to first get all ready and dolled up at the hotel and drink some before heading out to dinner. We then went from the restaurant to Mohegan Sun. Though this worked out fine, if we had altered the timeline instead to going out for dinner first and than going back to the hotel to get ready and pre-game, we all would have drank more and been more tipsy by the time we got to Mohegan and therefore wouldn’t have bought as many drinks as we did. Even though we did pregame some, (my maid of honor and one bridesmaid finished an entire bottle of wine), the buzz had definitely worn off by the time we got to Mohegan sun. Which brings me to my next tip;
#5: Bring alcohol and pre-game at the hotel
Buying and bringing alcohol to drink in the hotel before heading to the club/bar, will save you money in the long run. Now of course this only works if you have someone as your DD or you’re taking an Uber or taxi but if that is the case, I highly recommend it. I wish I had gotten to drink more of the Mikes that I had brought instead of just two and a half before heading out.
#6: DIY Koozies
I knew I had wanted to get custom Koozies for the girls and me for this weekend but found them to be quite expensive through Etsy. Instead, I ordered plain white and blue koozies from amazon and using acrylic paint, painted each one in each girls respective color. To go with my Disney theme. I wrote Happily Ever After Bridesmaid/Maid of Honor/Mother of the Bride/Mother of the Groom/ Bride. I think they came out pretty good and my girls loved them!
#7: Penis Straws…need I say more
What’s a bachelorette party without some Penis things. A perfect way to incorporate this without being over the top are these cool penis straws I got from Spencers. I got the colorful pack but they also have a pack with glow in the dark ones. Add that to a #bride cup and you’re all set!
#8: Invest in a Polaroid camera
This is something I will be getting before my mini moon and honeymoon because it made for some really cute vintage themed photos. One of my bridesmaids brought hers with us and it was such a fun way to capture some of the memories from our trip. My maid of Honor picked up these really cute glitter frames from Marshalls and together, it made for a great memento from a weekend away with my girls.
#9: Pick a fun restaurant with your favorite food to eat at
My favorite food by far is steak so it was a no brainier we would go to some sort of steakhouse for dinner. Since Texas Roadhouse was the closest to our hotel, we decided to go there and i’m so happy we did. Not only did I get some really delicious prime rib and shared a really fruity alcoholic beverage with my girls, I also got to ride on a saddle while my girls cheered as our waiter announced to the entire restaurant I was “celebrating my last few days of freedom”. The whole moment was one that made for some great pictures and an even better video.
#10: Don’t over eat or stuff yourself
Though it might be tempting, try not to over eat or stuff yourself when out for your weekend. At Texas roadhouse, I really wanted to eat multiple rolls and get cheese fries but knowing I had a long night of dancing and drinking ahead of me, I made sure to eat light since I know my stomach. Plus, if you’re going someplace where there is food, you don’t want to overeat at the first place of the night and have no room for treats later.
#11: Wear cute but comfortable shoes
This is something I know to do yet somehow let two of my bridesmaids talk me into wearing one of theirs over the knee black heeled boots. We weren’t even at Margaritaville for 10 minutes before my feet hurt so bad I had to take them off. Thankfully, my mom was willing to let me wear her long dark brown flat boots and she bought herself a pair of Toms from the shoe store within Mohegan Sun. If you know your going somewhere with a lot of walking, dancing or standing, wear shoes that you feel comfortable being in for a long night to avoid any barefoot scenarios.
#12: Have all your bridesmaid wear one color
This is something I wish I had coordinated but for some reason didn’t. It didn’t hit me how much I wish I had done this though until we went to Avalon where three other Bachelorette groups were, two which had all their bridesmaids in black. If I could have done something different this weekend, I would have had all my girls dress in sapphire blue to really show that we were a group out celebrating.
#13: Pace yourself when it comes to drinking
This is an important one that I think we all followed pretty well. Of course you want to drink and have a good time but if you don’t pace yourself, you’ll either be so wasted you won’t remember anything or you’ll pass out before the night is over. Neither of which is a fun option.
#14: Make sure to take lots of pictures and video with a good reliable camera
Once I got back to the hotel, I realized over half of the photos took that night came out blurry. I thought my Note 9 camera would have been good enough but I wish I had followed my gut and bought the vlogging camera I’ve been wanting for months, the canon m50, before this trip. I know if I did I would have gotten many more pictures and videos throughout the night and also much better quality ones.
#15: Make hangover kits
I had always planned to make next day hangover kits but time just got away from me and I never got them done. If this is something you would like to do, Pinterest has a ton of ideas on making the perfect ones! I was going to take a tumbler and customize each one with the girls name and than put in the tumbler Advil, gum, a hair tie, makeup remover wipes, tums, Pepto, band-aids and lotion.
#16: Create a special frame picture of the night
This was another Pinterest find that I wanted to do and then completely forgot to do it until I arrived. Basically, you take a white board and write or print out either Kiss the Miss goodbye or Kisses for the Future misses and than, using a Polaroid camera, you take pictures of each girl and than of yourself and each girl not only signs the board, but they also kiss it. Than you put the board in a picture frame. This is something i’m so mad I forgot to put together.
#17: Go to an Aquarium or zoo
On Sunday, we decided to have a chill day at the nearby Aquarium and it was so much fun. My girls and I are huge animal lovers so something like this was the perfect way to spend our last day celebrating together.
#18: Get Bridal Crew shirts
Another idea I had and wanted to do but never got to doing so. The buttons were perfect for Saturday night in our clubbing outfit but I wish I had gotten custom shirts done for Sunday’s adventures. It would have been a nice addition to our weekend and made for some really cute photos.
#19: Buy a souvenir(s) to symbolize your weekend
I’ve always wanted to collect something and I finally decided this past summer to collect shot glasses. So of course, I had to get a shot glass from each place we went to this weekend. Not only does it make a great addition to my collection, each time I look at those shot glasses, it will remind me of the amazing weekend I had with my girls! I did get a couple of other souvenirs, including this adorable Penguin backpack that I am absolutely in love with. I have been searching for the perfect penguin purse or backpack for years now and I finally found it in the Mystic Aquarium gift shop.
#20: Finish the weekend off with some food with your girls
Last but not least, finish off your girls weekend with some yummy food. My second favorite food is pizza so I was very happy to finally be able to get pizza from the Hollywood famous pizza place, Mystic Pizza. The pizza was really good and made me want to finally watch the movie my mother had always talked about.
So there you have it, 20 tips for a kick-ass bachelorette weekend. Though it took a lot to organize, I am so happy with how everything came out! I hope you enjoyed this post, I certainly enjoyed writing it for all of you and reliving this weekend but now I want to hear from you! Do you have a tip that I forgot? Or maybe have a funny bachelorette experience you want to share? If so, drop a comment down below! 🙂
Until next time,
Kaylee D. ❤