The bachelorette party is an often overlooked and understated part of wedding planning. Bachelorette parties have gained attention only for being ridiculous drunk fests and ‘last fling before the ring’ opportunities—often encompassing copious amounts of alcohol, awkward games that involve flashing cops, dancing on bars, hitting on random men, penis cakes, and a sad undertone of dying youth. The myriad of bachelorette party games and swag available to purchase emphasize in one way or another that this singular event marks the passing of any good times you may ever have with your girlfriends again. I am hopeful that this is not the case for you!
While drinking and penis cakes are a ton of fun, my beef with bachelorette party marketing is the caveat that marriage will prevent the bride from another ladies weekend, or that it marks the ultimate passing of youth. Bachelorette parties are a great excuse to do something adventurous with your best friends, but by no means should it symbolize your last chance!
I recently had the opportunity to plan a bachelorette party for one of my very best friends. We decided to memorialize the event by spending a glorious weekend skiing and celebrating with six of our best friends in Crested Butte, CO. It was a wonderful weekend spent doing boudoir photo shoots in the snow, adventuring, sharing stories, starting shuttle bus dance parties to Journey, and plenty of laughter— the best part: it certainly isn’t our last!
Seize the bachelorette party as an opportunity to spend quality time with good friends. Surround yourself with love and giggles, be adventurous, be playful, and stay young forever - if you dare!
Photos by Esmé Cadiente unless otherwise noted.