Bachelorettes in Seattle: Advice for Every Modern Girl
It’s wedding season. Maybe you are the bride, the maid of honor, or the unsuspecting friend who got roped into the wedding party after the bride uninvited the previous bridesmaid. No matter your role, planning the bachelorette party can quickly become a headache. You are probably already asking yourself: sooo, I guess I’m supposed to go club hopping in Pioneer Square? That’s what people do, right?
Throwing the perfect bachelorette party can be simple and fun. The key is to ask: WHAT DO YOU ENVISION FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE?
TIP #1 Think about the experience as a whole.
Bachelorette parties tend to be a series of events over the course of many hours. Ask yourself: how do you want your day to start? In the city? Start with going to brunch? If so, do you want to eat light or have a more substantial meal first? How do you want your day to end?
TIP #2 Is it going to have a theme?
Themes may range from a day of pampering at the spa to sophisticated wine tasting to Sexy Girls Gone Wild with lots of kitsch. Who doesn’t love a good penis straw? :)
TIP #3 Talk Money
No one likes to talk about money, but it is important that everyone is on the same page and that no one feels excluded due to lack of funds. It’s also no fun to be the one who gets stuck with the bill and relies on everyone else to chip in a few bucks. Don’t just assume your responsibility lies with buying the bride a drink. Figure out who is paying for what (meals, drinks, fun) and who is paying the vendors. Deposits may be required for photography, hotels, classes/parties. And of course you will want to buy the matching pink boas ahead of time.
Helpful Hint: set up a paypal account. One person pays for everything and then sends invoices to all the attendees. That person is then reimbursed through paypal.
TIP #4 What is your comfort zone?
Do you, the bride or other guests have some serious "NO-NO" topics that you need to be aware of? Maybe don’t go to the gay bar if its going to turn into a debate about politics and religious beliefs . Consider a slumber party in a fancy hotel suite. If going clubbing, how do you feel about hanging out with a bunch of 21 year olds if the group is in their 30s, 40's or mothers are apart of the party? Try heading to a nice lounge, speakeasy, or cabaret show instead.
TIP #5 Transportation
There are lots of options for moving the group between locations. Taxis, ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber, car service, and or a party bus are all options. On a budget? Borrow your married sister’s minivan. Take out the car seats and you have seating for seven. Just be safe and have a designated driver.
TIP #6 Wardrobe
Ultimately, dress for the event. Be comfortable and have something to change into later. Yoga pants are great for time at the spa but maybe less ideal for a night out on the town.
TIP: Think of that "Go" bag and perhaps if you are the one in charge. Email out a "What to bring" Checklist
TIP #6 Icebreakers
Have a few ice breakers ready at the start. Not everyone may know one another. You do not want a rivalry brewing between the childhood bff and the bride’s current bff. First let everyone introduce themselves and share how they know the bride. Then go deeper. Have each guest tell a story about their funniest or wildest experience with the bride-to-be. If guests do not know the bride well, they can share a story about the groom or another wedding they attended. Bachelorette Mad Libs can add fun to a car ride. The more comfortable the group feels with one another, the more fun everyone will have.
TIP #7 Celebrate your bachelorette party at Seattle Pole Fitness!!
Seattle Pole Fitness offers private studio parties in pole dancing and burlesque! Plus they will also travel off-site and work with you directly to help you create the best possible experience. Have your party in their studio or your own chosen location. Pole Fitness as connections with several other bachelorette venders like BABELAND, Boudoir photographers, Cabaret Shows and wineries. It is an ideal location if you plan to hit the clubs given its proximity to Pioneer Square. Seattle Pole Fitness will work with you to have the party that you want. Do you want cupcakes? They can get them delivered. They are willing to let you use their space for other vendors. Put your new burlesque skills on display with a boudoir photography session. The Seattle area offers lots of possibilities for every type of bachelorette experience.
We took the liberty and planned a few parties ourselves just for fun and if anything to make you laugh! :)
I’m in my 30s and too old for this Business now that I know what I know:
Start the morning with a spa day followed by private wine tasting tour. After a light dinner, gather for a big slumber party in nice downtown hotel suite or lodge out in wine country. Have a photographer do onsite boudoir photography. Do each other’s hair and make-up or bring in a professional. Finish the evening with wine, dessert, and a chick flick or dinner out.
The Classic 20- Something Urban Party:
The day starts with sipping mimosas at the nail salon. After an afternoon pole/burlesque party, set up headquarters at a downtown hotel. Catch the dinner show at the Can Can. After the show, walk to either Pioneer Square or Belltown or catch a ride to the bars on Capitol Hill for club hopping/drinking/dancing, and then back to the hotel to sleep it off. Be sure to have your scavenger hunt list ready and your "Kiss the bacheloreette sash" on (gotta pay for all those drinks somehow). Everyone in the party needs a tiara, pink boa, and lots of penis paraphernalia. Everybody better know it’s a bachelorette party or you are doing it wrong.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Drinking, gambling, and sipping drinks by the pool. Enough said.
The Earth Mama:
Volunteer with a local nonprofit organization in the morning doing native plant restoration and then have lunch at Café Flora or another locally sourced farm to table restaurant. Following a relaxing yoga session, visit the naked lady spa (Ladywell in Greenwood, Olympus in Lynnwood and Tacoma). Spend the evening doing Tarot readings for one another. Even better, hired a reputable psychic/tarot reader to come to your home. Cook everyone breakfast in the morning using eggs from your own backyard chickens.
Begin the day at brunch with the girls you actually socially with on a regular basis at your favorite neighborhood spot. After getting pedicures, take a cooking class or bartending 101, have sex toy seminar with Babeland (there will be no boring sex this time around), and then dinner followed by drinks at that cool new bar you keep meaning to try. Its all about keeping it spicing and interesting in the long term.
Get everyone matching Lululemon yoga pants with hoodies and wine goblets painted with each partier’s name. Eat brunch at Volterra in Kirkland, and then try a Corks to Canvas experience. Sip cocktails at the Pearl or Earl’s, and then finish out the night at the Parlour and Lucky Strike.
Check out the drag show brunch. Our favorites are the Mimosas with Mama at the Narwhal, and the drag show at Julias on Capitol Hill, and The Queens Brunch in Columbia City at the Royal Room. All are on Sunday afternoon. This gives you plenty of time to sleep in and shower before re-emerging.
Bachelorette on a Budget:
Try a potluck brunch with fruity cocktails: sangria, mimosas, margaritas. Make it a crafty afternoon: create your own cute hairpiece for the wedding or be scandalous, and make your own pasties or bedazzle your bra. Locate your favorite food truck near breweries/wineries/distilleries. After chowing down, go to a beer/spirits tasting. Cap off the night with a binge watching of your favorite show: Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, Absolutely Fabulous, or Sex in the City.
When it comes down to it, the bride probably does not clearly remember the bachelorette party. In conclusion, just remember these four things: have a plan, talk money, be safe, and most of all, have fun. The bride may be committing her life to someone else, but she needs to know that her friends will always be there for her.
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