13 Unique Bachelorette Party Ideas (That Aren't Las Vegas)

Plan a party that reflects the bride's interests. Here are a few ideas to get started.
by The Knot
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A bachelorette party can be so much more than a night out with the girls. But before getting into planning mode, first thing's first: Consider the budget. Chat with other guests and see what people are comfortable spending and that will help narrow down the options. Also, it's okay to consult the bride if you're totally stuck. Throw out a few activities and ask her to pick her top favorites and take it from there. 

Make sure to consult our bachelorette party checklist too. That way, you can rest easy that everything will go off without a hitch.

  1. 1. Go Glamping

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    Get everyone together for a luxe weekend escape. We're talking about a decked-out cabin in the woods or a chic chalet in the mountains. Throw in some fun bachelorette party games, a day trip to a nearby spa or small town, and, of course, some cocktails. And just because you're out of the city doesn't mean you can't eat like you're at a five-star restaurant: Whip up a batch of prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and your other favorites, and finish the night with gourmet ice cream sandwiches.

  2. 2. Experience the Great Outdoors

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    There will always be Las Vegas, but with amazing rustic hot spots to explore everywhere from Oregon to Maine—and even upstate New York (nope, it doesn't have to be a big city!)—now's the time to try something that takes you and your besties off the grid. Plan a mini vacation to the outdoors in Montana or Wyoming—book a stay at a hot spring and try exploring one of the many hiking trails or guided tours, then finish the day with an upscale dinner. Even if you can't swing a longer destination bachelorette party, or you if live in a city, it's much easier than you'd think to find an outdoor oasis just a short train or car ride away. For ideas, a quick internet search will point you in the right direction.

  3. 3. Take a Wine Tasting or Vineyard Tour

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    Instead of hitting up a crowded bar or club, take your party on the road. From Long Island, New York, to the Leelanau Peninsula in northern Michigan and even Napa Valley's vintages, introduce your friends to an elevated version of the traditional booze-filled bachelorette. Rent a limo or party bus, plot your stops and arrange to end with a late dinner at a vineyard (complete with pairings, of course). Mix it up and get a little dirty: Some wineries like Grgich Hills Estate, in Rutherford, California, allow you to kick off your shoes and actually stomp the grapes. For a more mellow, upscale atmosphere, reserve a seated tasting at the Wölffer Estate in Sagaponack, New York, for an afternoon of sophisticated, sommelier-guided sipping.

  4. 4. Make Your Own Lingerie

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    If you're celebrating a more hands-on kind of bride, a DIY lingerie party is the way to go. Have everyone bring lingerie (we're thinking the affordable, on-sale stuff) along with embellishments like sequins and beads. Keep in mind, this is just for fun, not to actully wear to the honeymoon. Want to take it a little more seriously? Order gorgeous lingerie-making kits by Madalynne Intimates for the whole party, or head to an in-person bra-making class at Madalynne's workshop in Philadelphia.

  5. 5. Chill With a Spa Day

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    Not every bachelorette party has to be a rowdy night on the town—especially if it's closer to the wedding day. But instead of trudging out to a spa for some relaxation and prewedding pampering, you can have them come to you. Companies like Mobile Spa create customized spa days in the comfort of your home. Don't let the traveling aspect fool you, though—they still offer massages, facials and body treatments to boot. For the best of both worlds, have a relaxing spa day then schedule beauty sessions with at-home beauty pros like Beautini or Glamsquad who can pamper you with makeup and hair services before you head out for the night.

  6. 6. Go Thrill Seeking

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    Always wanted to go zip-lining, parasailing or even bungee jumping? Think of the bachelorette party as an opportunity to try something new. If you don't want to risk anything this close to the wedding, try a unique class instead, like trapeze, pole dancing (yes, seriously) or rock climbing.

  7. 7. Throw a Slumber Party

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    We know you're not in middle school anymore, but an old-fashioned night filled with romantic movies, junk food (bust out the Cheetos, Pringles, Skittles and Reese's) and adult-only drinking games sounds like a good time to us at any age.

  8. 8. Reset on a Retreat

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    Hotels across the country offer active wellness options for bachelorette parties like Vita Vie Retreat's Bella Boot Camp, in Delray Beach, Florida, that involve fun workouts, spa treatments, beach time and gourmet meals. For some raw, rustic adventure, escape to Nine Quarter Circle Ranch in Montana for a Dare to Detour retreat filled with horseback riding, hiking, fishing and mindfulness. A closer-to-home option: Sign up your girlfriends for a fun local 5K. Anything from a Color Run to a Warrior Dash will get the endorphins pumping and have everyone bonding in no time.

  9. 9. Let Loose at a Music Festival

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    Get everyone together and get tickets for a music festival. Anything from Coachella on the West Coast to Lollapalooza in the Midwest will offer a variety of artists so everyone can hear something they like. Make a weekend out of with with a house rental that's stocked with plenty of snacks and libations for a few days of fun.

  10. 10. Spend a Day on the Water

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    Rent a small yacht or speedboat, or plan a river-rafting trip and take your friends out for the day. Not only will it give the bride a chance to work on her natural glow, but you'll also have plenty of time to bond out on the water. Coordinate drinks accordingly—an ocean breeze pairs perfectly with tropical cocktails and rosé.

  11. 11. Do Some Good

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    There are countless ways to get involved with volunteering—just look for opportunities in your area. Think about causes that really mean something to the bride-to-be and spend an afternoon putting some good vibes into the universe. Volunteer to clean up a local park, run a charity 5K or help out at a soup kitchen—whatever feels right to the bride. (And no one said you can't follow a day well spent with happy hour!)

  12. 12. Sketch a Nude Model

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    If you want an activity that's going to break the ice between your cousins and your college friends, we recommend putting everyone in a blush-inducing environment that fosters creativity and giggling. The Artful Bachelorette will bring the party to you (which includes a nude model and all the art supplies), and through a guided art lesson, you'll learn a thing or two about sketching the human body in all its glory. 

  13. 13. Throw Axes

    Nope, your eyes do not deceive you—axe-throwing (as a regulated, organized activity, of course) is where it's at right now. Book a private event at your nearest axe-throwing destination (there’s probably one closer than you think), learn how to throw like a boss from certified instructors and have a blast blowing off steam, enjoying friendly competition and laughing the whole way through. And what better way to channel prewedding stress than hurling hatchets in a controlled environment?

  14. Planning the bachelorette party can be stressful, but planning your wedding is a whole other thing. Take our fun Style Quiz and we'll pull together a custom wedding vision to help you get the ball rolling with all that planning.

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