September 11, 2018

Budget Friendly Bachelorette Party Ideas to Wow the Bride


If you’re like most people, you’re probably totally pumped that your BFF asked you to be her maid of honor. But that coveted title also comes with lots of responsibility. Besides helping the bride look amazing on the big day, you also are tasked with organizing an epic bachelorette party that everyone can afford. Show your commitment to the bride and all your girlfriends with these helpful bachelorette party ideas from Metropolitan Shuttle, the leading charter reservation company serving the U.S. and Canada.

Set a Budget

Send out a mass email and take a survey to determine how much money you’ll need to pool from the group. Everybody will want to offer an opinion, so stay connected with group texts and document sharing services like Google Drive and Dropbox. Try using the divide-and-conquer approach, which allows everybody to chip in money for travel expenses while also helping out with planning and shopping for party essentials.

Plan Ahead

When it comes to planning a bachelorette party that rocks, planning ahead is essential for stress-free group travel. Show up to the party with a game plan, otherwise, you’ll find yourself going over budget while herding cats, a perfect storm of travel-related stress that’s further induced by great expectations. When you book your travel several months in advance, you can lock in the cheapest possible rate, whether it’s a charter bus rental or airfare. Pre-planning also helps you stick to a budget since the biggest expense is usually transportation.

Charter a Bus

Ride-sharing services and taxis might be the go-to choice for traveling short distances within a city or town but when you crunch the numbers, the price per passenger is significantly less when you charter a bus. When you consider the high passenger capacity, our Party Bus is more efficient because it can fit up to 40 people. It also features luxury amenities like comfy reclining seats and a state-of-the-art sound system and festive lighting, which allows you to sit back, relax, and have a party on the way to your destination. Whether your party is a few people or a large group, our fleet of charter vehicles can fit any size and budget. At Metropolitan Shuttle, you pay a flat fee upfront, which means there are no hidden costs that can throw you off budget later on. And because transportation is often the biggest expense, knowing the amount in advance gives you and your girlfriends enough time to put aside some bachelorette party funds.

Clothing and Accessories Swap

Along with having an incredible night that you’ll always remember fondly, an Instagrammable outfit is another must-have for an epic bachelorette party. But that doesn’t mean you need to max out your credit cards for the perfect out-on-the-town ensemble. Chances are, your girlfriends share your chic sense of style, so have everybody bring the best items from their wardrobes and join forces in a clothing and accessories swap. It also gives you and your pals an excuse to have a fun get together before the big blowout. Plus, it allows you and your girlfriends to coordinate outfits for a buzz-worthy Instagram post. So get to lending and borrowing and strike a pose!

Free Printable Party Invitations

An easy but very expensive way to wow the bride is with custom-made party invitations, but these can get pricey, especially if you go big with luxury details like gold engraving and hand-written calligraphy. Keep it simple and affordable with card design services like Canva, which features a huge database of invitation templates and free or inexpensive graphics. The user-friendly interface also makes it easy to add a personalized touch. Once you get the group’s approval on the invites, print them up and start saving money the bachelorette extravaganza.

DIY Mimosa bar

It is common knowledge that food and drinks are significantly more expensive at bars and restaurants verses buying it at the store. But if you decide to party at home, the maid of honor doesn’t have to do all the work. Instead, ask the ladies to each bring something from the shopping list, like a bottle of bubbly, fruit, and your favorite table snacks.

Make Your Own Pizza Party

Not only is making your own pizza a fun bonding activity with your princess posse, but customized toppings on fresh baked pizza makes for a memorable feast. It’s also significantly cheaper than going to a restaurant. Plus, making a pizza is easier than you think. Have someone bring the pre-made pizza dough, another person the tomato sauce, and the rest of the party can bring cheese, toppings, drinks, and desserts. Build a customized pizza with your gal pals, pop in the oven, and bon appetito!

DIY Photo Booth

The most important thing about a bachelorette party is having fun and posting Instagram-worthy photos. But with the quality of smartphones pics, plus a little creativity, your bachelorette party photos can have a personalized, professional touch that sets them apart. Make your own pom-poms out of crate paper for the background and string up some lights for a hint of warmth in the background. For a goofy photo session with your girlfriends, make photo props out of construction paper and popsicle sticks like kitschy mustaches, oversized sunglasses, and other slaphappy designs. Have fun with the girls while constructing your DIY photo booth and get ready for a selfie close up!

Go Glamping with the Girls

Hotels and Airbnb can get very expensive, even if you book your stay in advance. Instead, save a ton of money when you bring luxury amenities to the great outdoors. Glamping is everything you love about nature but without giving up the conveniences of modern life. Look for campgrounds with hot showers and campsites close to a body of water, like an oceanfront nature park or meandering river. Behind a stunning natural background, gather your girlfriends and strike a pose for #Sunset.

Say ‘I do’ to these money saving tips and get ready for a legendary evening that you’ll still be talking about long after the bride walks down the aisle.

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