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Pre-Wedding Parties – Planning a Bachelorette Bash for the Ages

The time has come and your favorite girl is getting married to the man of her dreams. She’s done you the great honor of asking you to be her Maid (or Matron) of Honor, so it’s up to you to make sure she has a bachelorette party she’ll remember fondly for years to come. You can, of course, go with the tried and true tradition of a limo, lots of alcohol and perhaps a scantily clad man or two. Who could blame you? This plan is a classic for good reasons.

However, there are many brides for whom this is not the right choice. Maybe she doesn’t like to drink much and the idea of a stripper makes her want to disappear. Perhaps she likes to spend as much time outdoors as possible. She could be an introvert who wants nothing more than some dedicated time to bond with the women she loves most. Whatever your friend’s personality and preferences, there are plenty of options to make her send-off into matrimony a memorable one. We went searching for some of the coolest ideas to get you started for your quest to throw your bride an amazing party.

We’re lucky to live in the Great Lakes State so why not take advantage of all the water surrounding us and treat your bride-to-be to a sunset cruise on Lake Michigan? There are a number of options along the lakeshore. You can start your search with CAT’S MEOW CRUISES OF SOUTH HAVEN or STAR OF SAUGATUCK BOAT CRUISES.

What could be better than a little art and some nice wine with friends? These parties have gone from virtually unknown a handful of years ago to a favorite activity to do with friends and family. You can opt to invite a consultant into your home and provide the food and beverages yourself or reserve a spot in your favorite restaurant to keep the mess and preparations to a minimum.

Perhaps nothing in this world is more stressful than planning a wedding. Why not add some peace and tranquility to your friend’s life by planning some time away where mindfulness is the goal? Whether you do a weekend at a cabin or a night at your home or hotel, you can plan activities like yoga, meditation and journaling to bring calm into the bride’s life as she prepares for her big day. Hiking, sitting by the water or relaxing in a hot tub are all bonus options for an exceptional time.

Life is full of moments of transition. Getting married can often make a woman feel like she’s leaving her childhood fully behind. Why not spend a night paying homage to the girl who lives in all of us? Rent her favorite movies, grab the junk food she loves but rarely indulges in and host a slumber party. Comfy jammies, a few rounds of truth or dare and giggling well into the morning hours will help her remember her past while looking forward to the future.

If you’ve never done a road rally (basically a grownup scavenger hunt), you should seriously consider trying one for your party. What could be more fun that solving clues that take participants all over town before landing at your final destination? If you’re a DIY girl, a quick spin around Pinterest can yield some great ideas. Otherwise you can contact CLUVENTURE TRAVEL OF PORTAGE & they will do all the planning for you.

If the bride is a fan of the great outdoors and the weather permits, why not plan a camping trip to celebrate her upcoming nuptials? Whether you choose tents or opt to rent (or borrow) a trailer, camping can be an excellent way to spend time together and grab some much-needed R&R. Go for a leisurely hike or take a quick swim before finishing of the day with s’mores and hot dogs over the fire.

What could be better than warm beverages, sweet treats and good friends? Get out your grandmother’s old china, find some excellent local teas and coffee (try CHOCOLATEA or WATER STREET COFFEE) and hit up a local bakery for some delicious pastries for an afternoon full of conversation and memories. If you’re feeling motivated, Pinterest has some great food and décor ideas.

While a night out on the town can be a blast, some brides would prefer to stay in and enjoy a night of games with her pals. If this is your friend, why not indulge her? Games to consider are Taboo, Charades, Poker or Twister. Apples to Apples (or Cards against Humanity for an edgier option), Werewolves: The Pact and Codenames are all games ideal for a larger crowd. You can even ask the guests to bring their favorite games (FANFARE on Westnedge has a great selection) as gifts for the bride to begin her own collection.

Why not try something new and schedule a group class to try out tribal or pole dancing? These sensuous art forms are adaptable for women of all fitness levels and are perfect for celebrating the power and beauty of women’s friendships. Contact BOHEME TRIBAL BELLY DANCE or FLY FIT POLE FITNESS AND AERIAL STUDIO to see what they have available.


Friends that escape together, stay together. There’s a reason that escape rooms seem to be popping up everywhere these days. There’s nothing quite like being locked into a themed room and working against the clock to decipher clues in order to escape and garner bragging rights about your brain power. Kalamazoo offers a number of options, including THE FINAL CLUE and ESCAPOLOGY) conveniently located near some great restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat and celebrate your success (or bemoan your failure).

Erica Shier is a married mother of four who loves reading, scrapbooking & thrift stores. When she’s not driving her small pack of children around, she spends her time volunteering, writing & trying to keep on top of the laundry.

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