Affordable Bachelorette Parties...Without Strippers!

BRIDES magazine's got some new ways to celebrate a pal's wedding for every budget...and none of them involves lap dances!

Rock-band Camp

Pro:
It's not every day you get to strut in Tina Turner's heels.
Con:
If you don't know a G clef from a G-string, you'll be wasting money-go to a karaoke bar instead.
Cost:
$$$$

Private Yoga Lesson

Pro:
Inner peace and balance might be exactly what you need right now.
Con:
Newbies may bark at doing Downward Dog.
Cost:
$$

Art Museum with Docent

Pro:
Nothing says culture like a guided tour through Monet's Water Lilies and Hopper's Nighthawks.
Con:
If your friends aren't the arty types, this may be a snooze-fest.
Cost:
$$

Related: 10 Ways to Save up to $1,000 on Your Wedding Reception

Slumber Party

Pro:
Movies, games, junk food, drinks-there's no greater setup for female bonding.
Con:
Sleeping on the floor stopped being fun when you were 11.
Cost:
$

Exotic Dance Lesson
Pro:
You'll never feel sexier.
Con:
You'll never feel more embarrassed.
Cost:
$$$

Private Spa Party
Pro:
Who doesn't love to be pampered with professional manis, pedis, and facials?
Con:
Mind your nails while digging into your (deep) pockets.
Cost:
$$$$

Amusement Park

Pro:
Roller coasters, water rides, and cotton candy-who doesn't want to act like a kid again?
Con:
Sharing the Tilt-A-Whirl with a group of screaming Boy Scouts isn't everyone's idea of a good time.
Cost:
$$$

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Limousine Pub Crawl
Pro:
Travel in style and drink freely behind tinted windows.
Con:
Cruising down neon-lit city streets as you wave from the sun roof is fun. Doing the same thing in a snoozy suburb isn't.
Cost:
$$$

Camping
Pro:
You can't go wrong with a bonfire and s'mores.
Con:
Even the Double Deluxe Queen-Sleeper Tent won't satisfy a high-maintenance bride or her pals.
Cost:
$

Bowling
Pro:
Retro-cool, easy to plan, and fit for parties of all sizes.
Con:
Lackluster Lanes might disappoint for your big night out.
Cost:
$$

Related: Four Easy Ways to Get the Perfect Hotel Room on a Budget


$
= $100 or less*
$$
= $250 or less
$$$
= $500 or less
$$$$
= $1,000...and up!

*based on parties of 10 guests

-- Jamie France, BRIDES magazine

photo credit: James Merrell


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