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Like destination weddings, destination bachelorette parties are becoming more and more popular – and for good reason. What could be more fun than taking a trip with your best girlfriends to celebrate your upcoming nuptials? We asked Marsha-Ann Brown, Director of Romance for Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts for her best tips on planning the ultimate girls’ getaway.
What factors should bridesmaids consider when choosing a location for a destination bachelorette party?
With friends and family spread all over, sometimes picking a location for a bachelorette party that’s on neutral territory makes the most sense. For example, if your cousins are from New York and your college friends from Texas, you might decide to meet somewhere like Atlantic City, or you might even invite everyone to jet off to an exotic location like South America or the Caribbean. Also, keep in mind the interests of the bride. Does she love to shop, sight see, party non-stop, or relax? Pick a destination that offers the activities and attractions you know she will enjoy most. Budget can also be a big factor in determining what works best for everyone, and a helpful hint is to keep the weather at the destination in mind when picking a location.
What are some of the hot destinations for destination bachelorette parties? Why are these destinations so popular?
Besides the common bachelorette destinations like Las Vegas, New York and Miami, many bridal parties are creating non-traditional plans and visiting cities like Charleston, New Orleans and Montreal. Such destinations are booming with culture and bridal parties often choose to plan their getaways to coincide with exciting festivals and events. Today’s millennials are always looking to avoid the cookie-cutter trips, and instead aim to create truly unique and memorable celebrations. In addition to American cities, all-inclusive resorts in tropical locations like Jamaica, the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos are also popular getaways. One of the benefits of traveling to an all-inclusive resort is that it provides all the necessities for a memorable bachelorette getaway – delicious restaurants, lively bars and lounges, lavish spas, and a beautiful beach – without ever having to leave the resort.
What are some good destinations for groups who want a more active celebration with lots of activities?
Speaking of all-inclusive resorts, some offer packages created specifically for a girl’s getaway which make the trip even easier to coordinate and plan. For example, the “Beaches Friends Forever (B.F.F.) Girls Getaway” at Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos features exclusive activities such as a private catamaran party cruise, seaside yoga, a $200 spa credit, and more. Girls getaway packages alleviate travel plan stress, as itineraries, meals and accommodations are already taken care of. Best of all, your friends can budget the costs upfront and focus on what’s most important – having fun!
What about groups who want a more relaxing trip? What are some good destinations for them?
A bachelorette party doesn’t have to be full of non-stop activities and partying because, as we all know, that type of trip is not for everyone. Many bridal parties prefer to go somewhere laid-back and secluded to enjoy sun, relaxation, and catch up on girl time. My recommendation? Head to a more low-key destination like California wine country, the Berkshires, or Long Island’s Gold Coast, where visitors can skip the bars and visit the vineyards, charming shops and restaurants, or gorgeous mansions. For those looking for a more luxurious experience, many resorts in Saint Lucia and Antigua offer serene spas and beautiful beaches, which are always good go-to choices for a more mellow bachelorette party.
What about brides and bridesmaids who are on a budget? What’s your best advice for them?
My best advice is for them to do their homework and find hotels and resorts that offer exclusive deals to save money through airfare credits, group room rates, free nights, and other promotions. These alone can save hundreds of dollars altogether. Most brides and bridesmaids find that the biggest expenses come from meals and drinks, so picking an all-inclusive resort is a smart way to help mitigate costs since meals, drinks and activities are already included. I also always recommend comparing airfares – sometimes the most exotic locations are the cheapest to get to!