Bachelorette parties have a reputation for being a wild weekend full of nights out, fancy dresses, and locales like Miami and Las Vegas. But it doesn’t have to be. Brides are opting for a more relaxing getaway with the girls full of daytime activities. There are tons of locations that tailor to every kind of bride for whatever relaxation vacation she’s seeking. From days spent at the spa, to relaxing on the beach, or sipping champagne in a vineyard, you’ll be in bachelorette bliss no matter your tastes. No matter which locale you choose, you and your girls will leave feeling relaxed, fulfilled, and even more eager for the most exciting event of all: your wedding. Here’s where to go for a relaxing bachelorette weekend.

 

WHERE TO GO FOR A RELAXING BACHELORETTE WEEKEND

THE HAMPTONS

Whether you are seeking a beach weekend, a vineyard weekend, or both, the Hamptons has it all! Here, local vineyards host private tastings and have live music. Or you can enjoy your wine outside on picnic tables. Sticking with the hassle-free elegance and fun, head to the beach on another day. The Hamptons has some of the best beaches in the world. Enjoy upscale shopping in East Hampton or more surfer vibes in Montauk.

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NAPA

What’s better than sipping champagne with your girlfriends in a beautiful locale? Get a limo for the day to drive you to the different vineyards and enjoy the beautiful weather of the Napa Valley! And for the ultimate in relaxation, head to a spa with all your ladies. There are amazing restaurants to pair with your wine and lots of locations with live music.

girls riding on bikes in Charleston

CHARLESTON

Pastel houses, great shopping, ad a foodies dream, Charleston doesn’t need many more realize to pick this location for the occasion. Add the beach and great weather and you can’t go wrong. Book your restaurants early has the popular spots tend to fill up quickly! Spend the day downtown where local boutiques and favorite chains mix together. Take a boat ride to Fort Sumter for a little history, or  sip cocktails on the rooftop at the Pavillion Bar or Stars Restaurant. In the evening head to Craft Conundrum for brews and food trucks or enjoy a night out at one of the local hot spots.

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NANTUCKET
Does a weekend on a boat surrounded by beauty sound ideal for you? Then consider Nantucket for your relaxing bachelorette weekend trip. Take a boat out for a few hours, hit the local shops, explore the island or enjoy the local seafood; it’s safe to say your girls will be happy campers.

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Weddings have become more intimate and personalized affairs, so it only makes sense to include your fur baby in on the fun and uniting it’s parents. From a walk down the aisle, to bridal suite entertaining and being front-and-center at the ceremony and portrait shots, I love these dog-friendly ideas to incorporate your pup into the big day. But fair warning – they’ll probably steal the show and several heart felt kisses!

HOW TO INCORPORATE YOUR FUR BABY INTO YOUR WEDDING DAY

BRIDAL SUITE DIVA
Get your girl dog an adorable tutu or your male dog a handsome bowtie, they will enjoy feeling fancy getting ready with the girls!

custom dog wedding invitations

WEDDING BRANDING CANINE STYLE
Brand your wedding with your adorable pups face. Add it to the invitations, place cards and thank you notes. It will leave a special personal mark on your wedding day.

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SMOOCH WITH THE PUP
Noting like a pre-wedding smooch with your fur baby! Have your photog capture this moment, your last single girls kiss!

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A PUP FIRST LOOK
Have your pup see you for the first time in your dress and you see your pup the first time in it’s gorgeous floral collar!

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THE FIRST KISS
A first kiss should be shared with your fur babies, just make sure you are only holding them so they don’t get too close to your first kiss!

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FRONT AND CENTER FOR THE FORMAL SHOTS
This is where they really might start to take center stage. Give them an adorable piece to wear and have them sit at your feet as your photographer shoots away!

dog wedding place cards

PLACE CARDS
Keeping with your wedding branding, get custom wedding dog place cards to escort your guests to their seats. Your guests will love the theme and how you pulled your wedding branding together.


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PRIME CEREMONY SEATING
They are your kids after all, so why not give them the best seat in the house? They’ll want to by standing side-by-side with you on this special day.

Here’s the deal. Sure your lovely bride has a handle on her wedding checklist, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want your input and contribution. Your lady is planning the biggest party of your lives so she could use a little help. Lucky for you I’ve rounded up a list of things you should be helping out with to win mega brownie points. Here is the ultimate groom wedding planning to-do list!

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HELP LOCATE A VENUE
Visit venues with your bride and try to find a location that speaks to you as a couple.

SHOW UP AT THE BRIDAL SHOWER WITH FLOWERS
Earn mega brownie points and stop by her bridal shower with fresh flowers. She and her friends will swoon! Make sure to add this task to your groom wedding planning checklist!

HAVE A GUEST LIST COMPLETE WITH ADDRESSES
Don’t just give her names of your friends and family you want to invite, provide her with their addresses and whether or not you are offering them a plus one.

HELP WITH THE SEATING CHART
You know your friends and family best and who they’d be comfortable sitting with, so let your bride know. Also have a say in whether you are having a sweetheart table, having a bridal party table or sitting with your family at the reception.

BE THE IN-LAW BUFFER
A lot of opinions and decisions are to be made about the big day, keep the peace between your parents and the bride.

PLAN ROMANTIC DATE NIGHTS WHERE YOU DON’T DISCUSS THE BIG DAY
Don’t loose track of what it’s all about! Give her a break from the wedding stress and wine and dine her just as you plan on doing for the rest of your lives.

GIVE INPUT ON THE MENU AND GROOM’S SIGNATURE COCKTAIL
Create a signature cocktail that you love and give it a crafty name. Attend the food tasting and give input to the chef.

PROVIDE DIY ASSISTANCE
If your bride is making her invitations, making DIY wedding favors or creating wedding signage, offer to help stuff, seal or paint.

CARE ABOUT YOUR ATTIRE
She has likely picked out the wedding colors, but you know the brands you love and what will make you look and feel your best on your wedding day. Put your own mark on your attire like colorful socks for you and your groomsmen or think about what piece you want different from your groomsmen to stand out.

PLAN THE REHEARSAL DINNER
Plan everything from the venue, to the menu and cocktails being served. Discuss attendees with your bride and provide these guests with a rehearsal dinner card in their invitation.

WRITE YOUR OWN VOWS
As part of your groom wedding planning list, don’t forget to think about what you want to vow to her and write your own vows from the heart.

MUSIC SELECTION
Pick songs you’ll love to dance to and songs that would be meaningful for your first dance and mother-son dance.

PLAN AN EXTRAORDINARY HONEYMOON
Discuss if you want a relaxing beach destination or an adventurous culture-rich location. Book the flights, hotels, activities and plan a surprise or two as well!

GIVE HER ONE HECK OF A NEWLYWED KISS
Your first kiss as husband and wife is a special moment and one shared with those you love. Make sure it’s a good one!

Pippa Middleton just got hitched! I’ve been waiting for Pippa’s big day since she nearly stole the show at big sister Kate’s royal wedding in 2011. Although this wasn’t a royal wedding, it truly was a royal affair with the attendance of her big sister! The bride is blushing in her gorgeous Giles Deacon wedding dress and jeweled hair piece. Her precious niece and nephew, Princess Charlotte and Prince George could not be cutter in their wedding attire. And Kate Middleton didn’t disappoint in a stunning blush Alexander McQueen gown. This was Pippa Middleton’s wedding is definitely the wedding of the year. What is your favorite part of this wedding?

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Your out-of-town guests have traveled long and far to attend your special day and likely spent a considerable amount of cash to attend. Show your appreciation with a wedding welcome bag they will love. As as a wedding guest, there’s nothing quite like finding some thoughtful goodies waiting for you when you arrive at your hotel. Here are some of my favorite ideas to incorporate into your wedding welcome bag!

wedding welcome box

BRANDED GOODIES
If you are branding your wedding, include your adorable logo on all of your wedding guest goodies. They appreciate the gesture and a sneak preview of the affair they are about to attend.

champagne in wedding welcome bag

CHAMPAGNE
Pop, fizz, clink! Your guests will love starting the weekend off right with some bubbly.

wedding welcome bag

WEDDING PROGRAM
This is the perfect opportunity to include all of the paper goods from the wedding program to keep them abreast of the weekend festivities, to cute tags and of course a thank you note!

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DRINKWARE
If your signature cocktail is a moscow mule or a mint julep, you might want to include a copper cup with that mini bottle of whiskey.

state cookies in wedding welcome box

SOMETHING SWEET
Have state cookies made of the destination you are getting married or the two states the bride and groom are from. It’s a delicious and thoughtful addition to your wedding welcome bag.

wedding welcome bag with candles

SOMETHING TO TAKE HOME
Most goodies in a wedding welcome bag are items that can be consumed that weekend – think water, champagne and snacks. Give them something to take home with them (non liquid if thy need to fly) such as a candle or souvenir from your wedding destination.

wedding welcome basket

WATER + SNACKS
Yes, your wedding weekend moto is to save water and drink champagne, but your guests will need to stay hydrated all weekend long. Save them from getting the expensive mini bar water and supply them with a couple of bottles to enjoy. Plus include some yummy snacks for your guests to savor. Your guests will thank you!

wedding welcome bag ideas

WEEKEND WEDDING GEAR
Slap that wedding logo you branded on some weekend wedding gear like a cute weekender bag or a baseball cap. Your guests will love the gear and get some cute Instagram-worthy photos using your wedding hashtag.