Our Best Bachelorette Party Ideas on a Budget

A memorable bachelorette doesn't have to break the bank.
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Lauren Nowack
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Lauren Nowack
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Updated Oct 04, 2023

There's no getting around the fact that hosting a party can get expensive, especially when it comes to a bachelorette weekend. But, throwing a celebration to remember doesn't have to get out of hand when it comes to the financials. We've collected 19 different bachelorette party ideas on a budget to make sure that people wanting an affordable party can still have loads of fun. Whether you host an at-home bachelorette party or want to make popular bachelorette party ideas more affordable, you've come to the right spot.

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Affordable Bachelorette Party Ideas

Bridesmaids and friends often appreciate a budget-friendly bachelorette party, as wedding season tends to get a bit expensive between gifts, dresses and travel. So, here are some of our favorite ways to make sure you don't spend outside your means when planning a special time for the bride who is about to celebrate her final days as a single woman.

Go Out For a Round of Karaoke

Karaoke helps people let their guard down and get a little silly, which is exactly what some brides need. This inexpensive bachelorette party idea can be private or public, depending on the group's vibe and venue and is easy to adapt to various musical tastes. Tack on a meal before or after and you have a great evening of getting down with your girls without breaking the budget.

Attend a Group Yoga or Workout Class

A bachelorette party often gives a bride a chance to take a step back from the busy wedding planning season to celebrate the close friendships in her life as she prepares for marriage. One of the best ways to de-stress is to get moving, which is why we love seeing bachelorette parties attend a yoga or workout class together. If you're feeling bold, you can try your hand at a pole dancing class for a fun and flirty full-body workout.

Slumber Party

Many people have wonderful memories from sleepovers in their teenage years, so why not conjure up the best parts of those times, like matching pajamas, makeovers and a stellar movie for a bachelorette on a budget? Of course, you'll need plenty of popcorn and sweets to have nostalgia at its highest.

Game Night

Whether you are passionate about a good board game or want to try your hand at some hilarious bachelorette party games, consider hosting a game night for everyone to bond. Incorporate a few large group games as well as some smaller group games to help your ladies connect more with one another. This is one of our favorite low-cost bachelorette party ideas as it is easy to set up and promises a good time.

Opt For the Morning Meal

Many bachelorettes love using their party as an excuse to splurge on a nice meal. While cooking at home will save you money, keep in mind that breakfast out on the town tends to be a bit less expensive than other meals. So, take your ladies out for a morning meal to keep costs lower without giving up the delight of a restaurant experience.

Take a Hike

Almost every town or city has a spot within a few hours' drive to get out into nature, breathe in some fresh air and hopefully catch a glimpse of something beautiful. Not only is a jaunt to the top of a mountain a good workout, but it is also a great way to destress during the intense wedding planning season. Make it special by asking everyone to bring a different bite-size snack for the ultimate trail mix, and, of course, take lots of pictures at the summit!

For One Night Only

While many people dream of a full bachelorette weekend, that is not always practical for everyone's schedule or budget. Instead, make your bachelorette party a one-night-only event, which makes every minute that much more important. This way, you can spend a bit more on the events, decor and food during the one special night, rather than having to ration it out over a full two or three days.

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Host a Progressive Bachelorette Dinner

If a few of your bridesmaids or party attendees live near each other, keep the costs shared well by asking different people to host different parts of a progressive dinner. The bachelorette party can start with drinks at one person's house before moving on to appetizers somewhere else. The third stop is dinner, and you can finish off the night with dessert at a fourth house. This budget-friendly bachelorette party allows everyone to eat together without breaking the budget with a four-course meal.

Go to the Skating Rink or Roller Derby

Ready to bust out your favorite leggings and crewnecks and lace on your skates? Bring your bachelorette party to the skating rink! If your party goers would prefer not to don a set of wheels, you could attend a local roller derby and watch women go head-to-head as they race around a track on their roller skates. It promises to be immensely entertaining while still an affordable night out.

Transform a Favorite Spot Into the Ultimate Party Place

Finding a venue for a party is often the most expensive part of hosting, so brainstorm a place, like a friend or family member's home, that you can use for free. Then, transform it into the ultimate party spot using bachelorette party decorations, fun party games and printable activities.

Coffee Tasting Party

You might be seeing tea party bachelorettes popping up here and there, especially with fun themes like Bridgerton, but that's not the only hot beverage worth celebrating with. Consider hosting a coffee-tasting bachelorette party. Have a variety of beans and roasts available and various ways to grind and brew them so everyone can explore just what they like. If you're feeling really ambitious, you can even try your hand at roasting them yourself! Who knows, you might even find a new hobby after this.

Solve a Murder Mystery

What better way to celebrate promising to love, cherish and protect someone than throwing a murder mystery party? Seriously, though, getting the girls together to solve a sneaky crime gives everyone a chance to dress up and have fun while keeping things budget-friendly.

Visit a Flower or Fruit Farm

It can be tricky to ask people to spend money on things that are over and done within just a day or two, which is why going to a flower or fruit farm is one of our favorite inexpensive bachelorette party ideas. Everyone has a food budget, so asking ladies to pitch in for a pick-your-own blueberry day sounds pretty easy. For those with a bit more creative flair, head to a flower farm and make your own bouquets to help the bride pick out just what she wants on her wedding day.

DIY Wine Tasting

While going to a winery is a delight, so is enjoying a glass of red in the comfort of your own home. Invite your ladies over for a DIY Wine Tasting bachelorette where everyone brings a bottle of their favorite wine. Add a few snacks and all of a sudden, you have a party just waiting to take off.

Go Swing Dancing

The bar scene—and the dancing that goes along with it—is certainly not everyone's cup of tea. But, sometimes you still need to get out and dance. This is where swing dancing comes in. It is a beginner-friendly form of grooving, and most cities have a club or group that makes it easy to get started. Plan a night or two out with live music and swing the night away with your closest girls.

Hostel Getaway

While hostels have a range of accommodations, there are plenty around that have great rooms and amenities and are insanely budget-friendly. If you want to get out of town or simply want a change of scenery while remaining affordable, book as many beds as you can at a hostel in a fun city! You'll certainly meet a few more adventurous travelers this way, which can easily add to the fun and spontaneity that often takes place on a bachelorette weekend.

The More, The Merrier

Sometimes, bachelorette weekends are limited to just the bridal party, but the more people you invite, the more cost-sharing you can do. So, if it won't cause too much drama, invite a few other girlfriends along or even combine with the bachelor party if you have a close-knit friend group to make big costs, like renting out a movie theater or paintball arena.

Thrift-Store Wedding Fashion Show

All kinds of things end up at thrift stores, including old wedding dresses. If you're hoping to add a bit of fun and spunk to your inexpensive bachelorette party idea, head to a thrift store to pick out wedding dresses, prom dresses and other gowns to wear for a day (or night) out. Not only will you have loads of fun finding something for everyone, but someone might even find something they can wear again!

Set Up a Scavenger Hunt

Saving money often means you have to do a bit more work ahead of time, whether that is careful planning, finding coupons and discounts or making sure everyone is on the same page with a budget. Set up a bridal scavenger hunt around your town at friend's houses, local parks and other special spots, asking the ladies to snap pictures of things like a fake proposal, a fresh flower bouquet or the bride with her future mother-in-law. These pictures will be keepsakes for years to come as the couple looks back on their engagement years later.

How to Plan a Bachelorette Party on a Budget

When figuring out how to plan a bachelorette party on a budget, it is essential to lay out your spending categories carefully. By doing this, you can ensure you include everything the bride wants without spending extra on things that are not meaningful or won't last. If you do this well, you'll have an incredible bachelorette party to remember.

1. Understand What the Bride Wants

    Some brides want a laid-back party in the comfort of their home, while others are hoping for a blow-out weekend bash out of town. With this in mind, connecting with the guest of honor to understand what is most important for her special day or weekend is vital to ensuring your budget will cover everything it needs to.

    2. Build Your Budget

      After consulting with the brides and party attendees, find a budget that balances the bride's needs and fun while keeping costs reasonable. Then, choose one of our bachelorette party ideas on a budget and start spending within your means!

      3. Spend Wisely

        During the wedding and bachelorette planning season, it's easy to get caught up in the latest trends or cutest items, but when planning a bachelorette on a budget, you need to spend wisely. So, limit your impulse purchases and consider hosting the party in the off-season for lower hotel or activity rates.

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