Planning a Destination Bachelorette Party

Planning a Destination Bachelorette Party

Planning a destination bachelorette party can be a big task for your Maid of Honor, so it’s helpful to have a clear idea of what you really want out of yours. If you are slightly a control freak (not Type A in the sense that everything needs to be perfect, but it needs to be worth it since my friends are spending money) type of control freak – then like me, you’ll want to give your Maid of Honor suggestions. If you’re reading this as a MOH of a bride who wants YOU to have FULL control – then hopefully this helps you!

Budget

The first step is having an overall budget in mind. With all of your extra wedding expenses, it’s crucial to sit down and figure out realistically what you can afford. You want to be able to ENJOY your bachelorette and not stress out over money.

  • Be mindful that your bridesmaids are also paying for dresses, hair, makeup, and shoes, as well as many details for your bridal shower when making budget decisions. It may even be courteous to ask potential budgets of your maids if you are hoping for them all to attend.

The Destination

One of the most important parts of planning the bachelorette party is deciding on the location. Whether you are dreaming up the perfect Mexico vacation, New Orleans food fest, or a low key winery weekend at the Finger Lakes, the destination should reflect what YOU want! Don’t let the opinions of others sway you too much.

Check costs of flights during the dates you are planning on celebrating, look around at hotel + Air BnB prices, as well as some excursion costs that you are interested in and see if the overall total is in the cards for most of you!

Itinerary

Once a destination is decided + flights are booked, the fun can begin! Creating a loose itinerary keeps the group on track and helps avoid the endless standing around decision making that inevitably happens when you get a bunch of girlfriends together. Having a set list of things to do that the bride is excited about will help prevent others from straying away from the group and ensures the bride is having fun! Here are some ideas:

  • Local Cuisine Restaurants
  • Distillery Tastings
  • Wine Tastings/Wineries
  • Cooking Classes
  • Spa Day
  • Catamaran Day Rentals
  • Speakeasy
  • Comedy Club
  • Drag Queen Brunch
  • Excursions/Tours
  • Live Music
  • Best Shopping Areas

MAKE DINNER RESERVATIONS AHEAD OF TIME. Search around for some hip restaurants that have good local cuisine for your party so you don’t waste your night waiting for a table.

PLAN IDEAL DAYS FOR EXCURSIONS. Leave enough time for recovery and getting ready for the night out if you have a full day excursion planned! Keep the weather in mind for any outdoor events planned!

Following these tips can help make the trip glide smoothly and aims to keep all guests happy.

Welcome Gifts + Decorations

Traditionally, because the Maid of Honor is hosting this bachelorette party – gift bags are put together for guests to receive upon arrival. It’s a nice way to thank your girls for coming together and making the trip. My friends put together the BEST gift bags for my bachelorette trip in New Orleans which were fully equipped with:

  • Drawstring keepsake bags with “New Orleans is Always a Good Idea” (available for any destination)
  • Mini Vodka Bottles + Tomato Juice for Bloody Mary’s
  • The Essentials – Hair ties, mini Advil capsules, Emergen-C, Chapstick
  • Keepsake reusable solo cups with lids
    • these were such a hit because we could use them the entire trip! An extra plus was that NOLA allows you to leave bars and restaurants with your drink! (Just ask for a “roadie”)
  • …and of course we had the beads!!

Another great idea was decorating the room with balloons, confetti, and a photobooth backdrop that were all NOLA themed! My friends decorated the room while a few of us went grocery/liquor shopping and it was a fantastic surprise to come back to. They even had the first dance song that my husband and I would dance to (Queen – You’re My Best Friend) playing as I walked in! Tears were flowing!

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We hope we were able to help with some beginning plans for the best bachelorette ever! We are hoping to have specific location itineraries featured soon! If you have any locations/destinations you’d like to see – reach out and let us know!

xoxo,

Braids + Waves

Just a lil Salt & Lime

Just a lil Salt & Lime

It’s one of our favorite days of the year… NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY! There is nothing like a refreshing margarita that makes you feel like you’re right out on the beach. Margs are always a hit for girls night, vacation, a yummy mexican dinner, and you know where else? PARTIES.

Some of my favorite weddings I’ve attended have used margaritas as their signature drink. Some are spicy, some are sweet – ALL ARE GOOD.

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One of my favorite margaritas is one I had at the Four Seasons Baltimore in the previously Michael Mina owned restaurant, Wit & Wisdom. I was able to track down one of my bartender friends there to get the recipe of what I felt was the PERFECT margarita just in case my brides may want to have it as a feature drink!

  • 1.5 oz Espolon Blanco Tequila
  • .75 oz fresh lime juice
  • .75 oz simple syrup
  • .25 oz Combier (triple sec)

Add all ingredients to a shaker tin, fill with ice and shake for 10-15 seconds. Salt the rim of a rocks glass, add ice, and pour the contents of the shaker tin into the the glass. Garnish with a lime and viola!

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Enjoy your margs ladies! Let us know of other featured drink recipes you’d like us to feature!

xoxo,

Braids & Waves

An Intimate Big Sur Destination Wedding

An Intimate Big Sur Destination Wedding

The Inspiration Behind Braids + Waves

Chelsea + Erik

Our first Braids & Waves feature tells the story of our founder Chelsea + her husband Erik’s intimate ceremony in Big Sur, California on October 14th, 2018. Styled and inspired completely by the bride and her mother, take a glimpse into their magical celebration amongst the beautiful and natural landscapes of the Northern California coastline. We will allow the bride to fill us in on all of the details!

Big Sur Invitation

My relationship with Erik has been one full of adventure, so it only felt right to say our vows overlooking one of our favorite spots from a road trip we took in 2016 – Big Sur, California. Ever since our first trip there, we have always said it would one day be the place we would get married.

Hayley Paige Teresa Gown
Hayley Paige – Teresa Gown
Hayley Paige Teresa Gown
Florals by Willow and Plum - Big Sur, CA
Florals by Willow and Plum - Big Sur, CA

Our florals from Willow and Plum were absolutely magnificent and were hand delivered to us at our AirBnB in Pebble Beach. When Patti overheard we were having troubles with hanging our macrame decor at the ceremony site, she offered her gold hooks to borrow which made her the MVP of the day.

BHLDN Bridal Hair Pin
BHLDN Bridal Earrings
Tocca Cleopatra perfume

The bride’s accessories including earrings and hair pin are from BHLDN, a bridal boutique line under Anthropologie’s umbrella.

Letters to the Bride

One of my favorite memories from our wedding day was the gift of letters from my mother. She contacted all of the women in my life that are important to me and had them each write a letter for me to read the morning of my wedding day. Multiple make-up touches were needed!

It was extra special to have my best friend/maid of honor with me on my wedding day. Surrounding yourself with people who ease your mind is a very important piece for selecting your bridal party!

It’s popular to do a photographed first look with your soon-to-be husband, but I encourage brides to also have one with their father. I will cherish these photos forever and I know my dad will too.


Big Sur First Look

Fun Fact – our Air BnB host was hanging out of her bedroom window snapping pictures with her phone. She was so thrilled we used her lovely front yard for our first look photos. Our Air BnB was located on the magnificent and scenic 17 mile drive in Pebble Beach.

Big Sur, CA wedding location
Big Sur, CA wedding location

We didn’t chose our ceremony location until the day before! We wrote down a few recommendations from our vendors and drove the coastline to pick which spot we liked the best! It was true to our spontaneity and strangely didn’t stress me out! We ended up choosing a lookout in Garrapata State Park.

Big Sur Wedding
Big Sur Wedding
Big Sur Wedding

Those hooks from Willow and Plum showcased the macrame perfectly!

Big Sur Wedding
Big Sur Wedding
Big Sur Wedding
Big Sur Wedding

After family photos, Chelsea + Erik headed to the Bixby Creek Bridge for their first photos together as husband and wife. The bridge is a hot spot for tourists to stop and admire the scenery located right on Hwy 1.

Big Sur Wedding - Bixby Creek Bridge
Big Sur Wedding - Bixby Creek Bridge
Big Sur Wedding - Bixby Creek Bridge
Big Sur Wedding - Bixby Creek Bridge
Big Sur Wedding - Bixby Creek Bridge
Big Sur Wedding - Bixby Creek Bridge

One place we knew we needed to see on our wedding day was the sunset at Pfeiffer Beach. Despite a few trees being down on the winding road leading to the beach, park rangers led us through to the beautiful beach for some of my favorite shots of the day. Our photographer, Hannah, from Sparrow and Lace Photography allowed us to have so much fun during our shoot.

Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach

Our reception was held at the Big Sur Bakery located right off of Hwy 1. With the help of our coordinator Danielle, it was such a seamless evening full of laughter and family bonding. Our meal was absolutely delicious and we had such a lovely selection of local wines. They also made our wedding cake, which was vanilla with lemon cream and fresh berries. It was to die for. We cannot recommend the Big Sur Bakery enough!!

Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Napkins and holders from Pier 1
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Penn State Wedding Sign

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Thank you for visiting Braids & Waves! If you are interested in sharing your own wedding to be featured – please visit our instagram page at @braidswavesweddings and send us a message!