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The Bachelorette Bash

Posted: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

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Ashleigh has been living in Charlotte since 2008 with her oversized yellow lab. She is a communications professional, grad student, runner, and lover of all things wedding! After attending 13 weddings in three years, it's now Ashleigh's turn to be at the altar. Join her as she blogs about her adventures in step-by-step wedding planning and tips for other brides-to-be!

Bachelorette parties are thrown as the "last fling" before the bride gets married, although it doesn't always have to have a "party" theme to it. Typically, the bridesmaids attend and possibly some close friends who may not be in the wedding. The planning for the bachelorette party falls on the Maid/Matron of Honor in most cases, but there are usually some bridesmaids who have creative ideas and want to help out. Depending on the bride's personality and desires, you may do something local or you may be asked to travel for a weekend, or maybe even longer!

For local Charlotte bachelorette parties, you have a plethora of restaurants and bars to choose from. If the bride wants something more low-key, you could always spend a day at the spa. If the bride actually wants a party, I would recommend starting with dinner at Enso or 5 Church before starting the evening fun and then making your way out into the bars. Howl at the Moon is pretty popular for Bachelorette Parties. On any given Friday or Saturday night, you will see a handful there. And if you're already at the EpiCenter, then you can make your way around to the other bars in the area.

The NC Music Factory is another spot in Charlotte that has a lot going on. Starting at VBGB would be a good way to kick off the evening, and then you could make your way around the bars at the Music Factory. If the bride is a fan of live music, try picking a night there is a concert!

If the bride-to-be wants to get out of town, consider escapes within driving distance of the bridesmaids. Hot spots include Charleston, Savannah and Wilmington. All of these places offer not only incredible food and bar scenes, but also history and beautiful beaches. Not planning a summer bachelorette party? Consider Asheville, Blowing Rock or Raleigh. The first two provide a mountain escape, while Raleigh provides a city getaway without the beach.

If a weekend getaway to a drivable location isn't exactly what the bride wants, consider Miami, Las Vegas, San Diego or Key West. Adding in a flight is a lot to ask of bridesmaids, but if they're up for it (and financially able), then it would be a weekend to remember for sure! Once you have a group chipping in, hotel rooms are much less expensive. You can also look for condos or houses for rent on sites like VRBO.com, which can sometimes be cheaper than hotels.

The options for locations are endless when it comes to bachelorette parties. Do your research on restaurants and bars, and make reservations where needed. Decide in advance if there's a theme to the night so everyone can get their outfits together. And most importantly, be ready to make the bride feel special and have the time of her life!

What's the most extravagant bachelorette party you've ever attended? We'd love to hear from you!

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