Cupid's Pulse Article: Bachelorette Party Ideas on a BudgetCupid's Pulse Article: Bachelorette Party Ideas on a Budget

By Andrea Woroch

Most of us don’t have the budget for a Parisian-themed blowout à la Bridesmaids, but that doesn’t mean the bride-to-be should settle for the early bird special in the name of savings.

Though it may seem like bar-hopping at nearby watering holes is the cheapest way to go, money becomes no object once the booze start flowing.  There are other ways to host a memorable ladies’ night out sans the life-size cookie and gut-wrenching bar tab, so consider these six ideas before rounding up the girls:

1. Get Out of Town:

This is the ideal option but not always the most economical.  There are ways to reduce the costs associated with an all-girls getaway, but be prepared to plan well in advance.  First, consider a one-night stay somewhere nearby, or relatively close to attendees’ respective homes.  Once a location is established, let party-goers know the details so they can get booking.  Find party accessories online for less, and outfit the bride in a little girl’s tiara for up to 75-percent less than speciality retailers.

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2. Scavenger Hunt:

Channel your inner child and create a scavenger hunt for the bride, complete with challenges to solicit free drinks from strangers and requests for silly photos.  If you live in a big city, check out StrayBoots for inexpensive packages tailored for bachelorette parties and be prepared to uncover unknowns in your hometown.

3. At-home Wine Tasting:

If the bride-to-be isn’t into the bar-hopping-male-stripper scene, consider hosting an at-home wine tasting.  Cut costs by asking attendees to bring a bottle of their favorite wine-and-snack duo.  You’ll need a wine glass for every attendee, plus water and bread to serve as palette cleansers.  If you want to go all out, consult this advice from Real Simple magazine.

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4. Lots of Laughs:

The stress of wedding planning is likely getting to everyone, so a night full of laughter might just be what the doctor ordered.  Check out your local comedy club and call ahead for front-row seating.  Make yourselves known to the entertainers by ordering bachelorette-themed party wear online, making sure to grab free shipping codes from sites like to avoid delivery charges.

5. Paint & Sip:

If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the paint and sip trend, consider this your golden opportunity.  What better way to celebrate the bride’s pending nuptials than with a wine-laden arts and crafts session?  Hit up Google for a nearby studio, or better yet, tap into a friend’s artistic talent by having her lead the session at someone’s home.

6. Bridal Bowling:

You’ll get plenty of attention as a group of all-girls in a bowling alley, but consider taking it a step further by outfitting the bride and attendants in the worst available versions of thrift-store wedding attire.  Call ahead to reserve a couple lanes and talk to the manager about available packages, including pre-ordered food and a personal attendant.  Let the good times roll!

Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc.  She is available for in-studio, satellite or skype interviews and to write guest posts or articles.  For more savings tips, follow Andrea on Facebook and Twitter.