My best friend Heather is engaged and her wedding is this summer. This is a moment I have envisioned for a long time. The minute she told me the happy news, my head was already spinning with ideas. I started mentally planning her bridal shower and bachelorette, right down to the customized gift bags.
Naturally, I was excited when in January she asked me to be her Matron of Honor. Even before she asked, we had multiple phone conversations revolving around the wedding. We talked about venue contracts, centerpieces, hiring vendors, and all the little details. My favorite discussions, of course, were about the bachelorette.
Heather let me know right away that she didn’t want a crazy weekend away in Atlantic City. (A popular destination for a lot of Jersey brides) Instead, she asked that we rent a house in a place she spent many summers; Belmar, NJ. Very close to the infamous “Jersey Shore” house in Seaside Heights, this beach town has a lot to offer. Including a favorite hangout of the bride-to-be called Djais that overlooks the beach. This gave me the idea to dub her event a “Bachelorette Beach Bash.”
BUILDING YOUR OWN CUSTOMIZED GIFT BAGS
Cost Effective Measures
A concern for most bachelorette party guests is the overall cost. Asking the everyone to pay for their share of the trip is typical. This usually includes food, drinks, activities, and accommodations. Often, guests pay a little more to make sure the bride doesn’t have to pay for anything.
The guest bag on the other hand is a gift. If you split costs among multiple bridesmaids it is an easier burden to bear. If there is no formal bridal party, or like in my case you’re the only bridesmaid, get creative.