Every girl becomes pretty well versed in the unwritten laws of bachelorette parties long before marriage is on the table – between movies, reality television shows, sitcoms and ladies’ night anthems on the radio, we know exactly the brand of debauchery and sass that’s expected when the time rolls around to celebrate the end of our single lady days.
A standby of wedding culture, the wild rite of passage that is the traditional bachelorette party will always hold a special place in our hearts. But if the thought of glitter, sweaty night clubs and not-so-subtle references to male nudity is already making you cringe, we came up with a list of bachelorette party alternatives that might just spare you that sense of dread when you get a notification that you’ve been tagged in 40 new photos on Facebook. Thank us later.
1. Tour a winery or brewery.
Whether your girls are total wine connoisseurs or lovers of a good local brew, a group tour and tasting at a nearby brewery or vineyard makes for the perfect bridesmaid bonding activity. Check out Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton, RI or schedule a private tour at Samuel Adams in Boston.
2. Comedy club
If you’ve been telling your bride-to-be that she should be the next SNL cast member for years, swing by a comedy club in your city for a goofy night of drinks and improv. New England Comedy Guide lets you sort by location and show type to help you find the right spot.
3. Art class
It’s like elementary school art class, but with a cocktail in hand – canvas and pottery studios that give group lessons and host events are the latest trend for a creative girls night out.
Paint Craze will hold private events in a location of your choosing in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and many more states – keep it affordable by hosting the lessons at home and making it into a potluck or book your favorite restaurant.
4. Yacht party
For the truly nautical New England bride, chartering a private boat for a luncheon, dinner party or dancing and drinks on the water can be the perfect way to kick off wedding festivities. Book the schooner Aurora to sail out of Newport and into the sunset or charter the Boatonian party boat and dance the night away on the Boston harbor.
5. Ziplining, parasailing, skydiving, or white water rafting
Though not for a bridal party without a serious sense of adventure, a day of adrenaline-fueled activity can be a truly memorable way for your bride to start a new chapter in her life. Skydive New England is centrally located in Southern Maine, while Dennis Parasail in Cape Cod will get your whole bridal party in the air with their group accommodations.
6. Spa night
To keep it laid back and cozy, plan a day trip to the spa for massages, facials and a break from all things wedding-related. Bristol, RI-based Zenabelle hosts mini-facial nights small parties featuring all-natural skincare treatments.