How To Pick The Perfect Bachelorette Party Destination
From the salty, sandy shores of Florida’s Emerald Coast, to the neon lined streets of the Las Vegas Strip, to the southern honky tonks in Tennessee, the bachelorette party destination options are endless. You could get down and dirty with an ATV ride through the desert in Scottsdale, or class it up with a weekend full of pool parties in South Beach Miami. How will you ever decide where the bride will have her last ride? We’ve got a few tips to help you cut through the clutter and pick the perfect bachelorette party destination for your bestie bride-to-be.
Before you get overwhelmed with Pinterest deep dives and Google searches that result in billions of ideas and options, the first thing you should do is think about the bride and ask yourself a few questions:
- What “vibe” is the bride going for? Does she want to be exploring outside, dancing at a club, or relaxing on a beach?
- Is there a certain climate she loves or hates?
- Is she willing to fly?
- How many days can she take off for travel?
- Is there a city the bride has been dying to go to?
- Is she or her bridal party on a tight budget?
All of these factors can help you narrow down the immense list of cities that make for a fun bachelorette trip. If your bride has given you free reign, you can start by checking out our list of the most popular bachelorette trip destinations and go from there! If not, there are just a few more things to consider before you settle on a city.
Start by thinking about the bride, her interests and what type of bachelorette weekend she will enjoy. Is she a snow bunny or a beach babe? Does she want to hike in the mountains or relax close to home? Secondly, it's important to think about where the majority of the group lives and whether or not they’re able to travel. If cost is an issue, consider looking into options that are within driving distance for the majority of the group, unless you know that everyone is DTF. (Down to fly) ;) This blog post has some really clutch tips on how to save cash when you’re planning a trip, so head there if you need some penny pinching hacks!
Once you have established some ground rules and taken the bride’s vibe into account, you can finally land on a city. To help you pick the perfect city, here’s our breakdown of the most popular bachelorette trip destinations (and entire guides to them!) based on the type of bride you’re celebrating:'
The Best Destinations For the Bride Who Wants To PartyIf your bride is looking to go wild ‘n out on her last fling before the ring, Nashville, Las Vegas or New Orleans is the move. You can hit up the hottest bars and honky tonks, celebrate in style and join the ranks of the baddest bachelorettes around in one of these infamous party cities.
Cruise the famous Broadway Strip in the Honky Tonk Express or bar hop ‘til you drop at bars owned by your favorite country singers.
See our Nashville city guide
Las VegasLas Vegas is the perfect spot for a classic bachelorette trip. Make a splash at a Vegas pool party or get wild at a raging night club. Either way, Vegas packs plenty of party.
See our Las Vegas city guide
New OrleansNOLA gives Vegas a run for its money. Bar hop on Bourbon or go on a Haunted Pub Crawl to keep the drinks flowing and the bride glowing.
Get more ideas for the perfect bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas from our bachelorette party city guide
The Best Destinations For the Bride Who Wants to Relax
For a girl who is looking for a relaxing weekend full of pampering, sunbathing and wine bars, take her to Destin/30A, Napa Valley or Savannah. Each of these cities are full of ways to unwind and have the quintessential girls’ weekend.
Take a booze cruise to Crab Island, dine in with dinner prepared by a professional chef and finish the night with a beach bonfire for the perfect Destin and 30A day.
See our Destin/30A city guide
Napa ValleyThere’s nothing to wine about when you choose this location for your bach bash! If you don’t believe us, check out Lauren’s real trip to Napa Valley. We love the Vino Before Vows theme, and you can sip Sauvignon Blanc to your satisfaction in these matching tanks!
Shop our Vino Before Vows bachelorette party collection
Sunbathe like a true Georgia peach on the beautiful shores of Tybee Island, hop on a sunset river cruise and then check out all the bars on River Street (hello open container policy!)
Get ideas for the perfect bachelorette trip in Destin or 30A from our city guide
The Best Destinations For the Bride Who Wants The Best of Both WorldsIf the future Mrs. is a little sugar and a little spice, she needs a destination where she can experience wild nightlife and a relaxing vacation. Charleston, Austin and Miami each have a poppin’ party scene with a casual, cool girl vibe.
CharlestonNothing sounds better than early morning yoga on the beach followed by tacos and tequila. Round out the day with dinner at Poogan’s Porch and drinks at The Cocktail Club for a classic Charleston experience.
See our Charleston city guide
AustinAre you and your girls ready to Keep Austin Weird? On a bachelorette trip to this eclectic city you can swim at Barton Springs, party on a boat with Float On and sing your heart out at Highball.
See our Austin city guide
Pick a bach party destination that can do both. Wake up with a Drag Brunch at the Palace, throw down at a Pool Party at Hyde Beach and then relax during a delicious food tour with Miami Culinary Tours.
The Best Destinations For the Adventurous Bride
When the bride-to-be is anything but boring, take her on a weekend adventure that will make her adrenaline rush. Scottsdale, Denver and Lake Tahoe all have action-packed outdoor activities that will give your group the high every bachelorette is looking for.
Go for a hike on the beautiful Camelback Mountain or take a Wild West tour of the desert. Either way, a trip to Scottsdale is bound to give the adrenaline rush she needs to make it to her big day.
See our Scottsdale city guide
DenverGrab your outdoor gear! Besides great food and plenty to do, Denver offers tons of outdoor experiences for an adventurous bride. Enjoy dozens of hiking trails just minutes from the city, or spend the bachelorette weekend in nearby Keystone or Breckenridge for even more outdoor fun. If you're partying in the winter, matching beanies are mandatory, we love these!
This fun-filled city is conveniently located near some of the best boating and hiking around, giving your bride endless options for outdoor adventures. Major perk: we’ve got the cutest Lake Life attire to complete your pics!
Amanda and her bride squad for her last fling in Scottsdale
The Best Destinations For the Bride on a Budget
Creativity and enthusiasm go a long way when it comes to planning the perfect bachelorette trip on a budget. You could pull some strings and reserve a friend’s vacation home, throw your own raging bachelorette staycation or pick a nearby city for a fun-filled day trip.
Hometown StaycationTurn your town into the bachelorette destination of the bride’s dreams! A progressive dinner at her fave spots, her best friends, no travel time and the royal treatment all weekend. What more could she want?
See our tips for the perfect bachelorette staycation
A Friend’s Lake or Beach HouseAsk the group if anyone has a family lake or beach house that could be borrowed for the weekend! Spend the day in the sun, play games on a boat and then unwind with a good ole fashioned girls night - we’re thinking party punch all around!?
Day Trip to a Driveable Location
If your group is on a time crunch, a day trip could be just right. Pick a driveable spot (2-3 hours away from most of the group) and spend the day eating, drinking and partying with the whole squad.
Once you decide on your city, you can browse our bachelorette party city guides and real bachelorette weekend recaps to get the dirty little deets on what to do in every bachelorette party hot-spot. To level up your trip, be sure not to skimp on the party supplies. If you’re already set on a spot, you can get the party started right now (in P!nk’s voice) by creating your own custom invites.
Happy planning and safe travels!