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Here's How Much the Bachelorette or Bachelor Party Could Cost You

Based on how many days you celebrate.
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Emily Platt
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  • Emily has a bachelor's degree from Vassar College
Updated May 26, 2020
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According to company data, extended weekend trips are becoming the new one-night bachelorette or bachelor party. Based on a study of more than 1,000 respondents who attended a bachelorette or bachelor party recently, over half of these prewedding events span multiple days. 56% of bachelorette party guests reported partying for two days or more, while over 60% of bachelor party guests did. But as you can imagine, the longer the event, the more expensive it can get. How much more does a weekend bachelor/ette party cost? We have the answer.

How Much Bachelorette Parties Cost by Day

What's the average cost of a bachelorette party per person? Well, it depends. Our latest study found that on average, roughly 50% of attendees spend more than $300 on a bachelorette party. But when the bash takes place in a pricier location (aka a major metropolitan city) that number goes up to 61%. And one in five celebrants are actually spending around $1,000 (or more) to party! 

Throw flights into the mix and the spend goes up. Out of those who had to fly to their bachelorette party, nearly 40% spent close to or over $1,000. And believe it or not, one in 10 spend more than $4,000.

Okay, but what about the breakout by day? We've listed out the median and average cost of a bachelorette party by duration of the festivities. FYI: In this data set, the median actually paints a more accurate picture of what the typical celebrant spends.

For one day:

  • The median cost is $150
  • The average cost is $317

For two days:

  • The median cost is $350
  • The average cost is $579

For three days:

  • The median cost is $450
  • The average cost is $773

For four days:

  • The median cost is $448
  • The average cost is $906

For five or more days:

  • The median cost is $525
  • The average cost is $1,900

Did those numbers surprise you? You're not alone. One in four bachelorette party guests say they spent "much more" than they'd anticipated on the event. Of course, you can spend whatever you want and still have a good time. If you're looking to cut costs, check out this awesome guide to bachelorette parties on a budget. And remember, nothing says you have to extend the celebration beyond a single day. These one-night bachelorette party ideas are all excellent options. Because Vegas is great, but it's not for everyone.

How Much Bachelor Parties Cost by Day

How does the average bachelor party cost per person compare to the average cost of bachelorette party? Well, two out of three attendees are spending more than $300 on bachelor parties, and 69% pay over $300 when the event takes place in a big, popular city (think: New York, San Francisco and Dallas). Meanwhile, one in three wind up paying close to $1,000 or more.

For those who have to fly to attend a bachelorette, nearly 60% spend $1,000 or more, with one in 10 spending over four times that (and up!). Like with bachelorette parties, 25% of bachelor party guests shell out more than they expected to. 

Here's the breakdown by day, but remember: The median may actually give you a better sense of what's most often spent.

For one day:

  • The median cost is $350
  • The average cost is $813

For two days:

  • The median cost is $550
  • The average cost is $841

For three days:

  • The median cost is $750
  • The average cost is $1,144

For four days:

  • The median cost is $600
  • The average cost is $1,301

For five or more days:

  • The median cost is $850
  • The average cost is $1,362

Interesting to note, men seem to spend more than women on this particular type of party, despite the fact that men and women celebrate for similar lengths of time and in similar destinations. Bachelor party crews do tend to hop on a flight more often than bachelorette attendees, though.

If you're throwing a bachelor party and you're wondering how to fit it into your (and everybody's) budget, check out these bachelor party planning tips.

Ways to Save on Your Bachelorette or Bachelor Party

If you do decide to make a weekend out of it, consider going somewhere less far-flung and rent cars instead of booking flights. (We like Budget for that.) And see if you can get a good group rate at a hotel—check out HotelPlanner for more info. Worried you'll have to skimp on festive gear? Not necessarily. While there's no need to go crazy buying novelty attire you'll probably only wear once, The Knot Shop sells tons of adorable accessories at impressively competitive prices. 

At the end of the day, as cheesy as it sounds, it's about the memories—not what you spend. Besides, even the coolest party can turn into a bummer if the price (on top of everything else the wedding party is already paying for) feels like a burden. 

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